Distance 1.9 kilometres. Approximate time: 30 minutes. This is a perfect family outing, and can be tackled by bike as the entire route follows the road connecting the two farms.
According to historian Josep Busquets, the name La Pera is derived from the Catalan word for stone, 'pedra', as explained by the large rocky outcrop to be found between the houses. The rock is now split into several sections, as a result, or so it is believed, of the great earthquake which occurred on 22 February 1428, affecting the whole region and much of Catalunya Nord, across the French border.
The earliest records of La Pera date back to December 905, when the boundaries of the Parish of Olvan were defined to coincide with the consecration of the parish church. We do not know what type of building was in place at the time, or how large it was, although the present-day house does include a small section which appears to be extremely old.
La Pera is home to horses, hens and rabbits, on open, south-facing land offering views over the surrounding fields, the holm oak grove (with some trees still standing as survivors of the fire of 4 July 1994, in which it was almost completely destroyed), oaks, olive trees and the occasional oleander. In the distance are the Montserrat uplands and Montseny, and closer by the Shrine of La Guàrdia, in the Viure hills. Towards the west can be made out the village of Casserres, and the hills of Taravil and Capolat.
Head off northwards, following the road. The route passes by the sub-station and on through the fields until you come across the 'puntasco', a gateway formed by two iron cart axles placed either side of the road, between which a heavy chain would be hung to close the route to carriages and vehicles. Further on, slightly beyond the point where the road curves round to the right, are the burnt ruins of the Cinc Alzines. Two hundred metres beyond this, head past the turning off on the left to continue along the main road. From here it is a further ten minutes' walk to the farmhouse of La Pera and La Masoveria.