7-Day OVER THE PYRENEES: MOUNTAIN TO MEDITERRANEAN: Self-Guided

OVER THE PYRENEES - MOUNTAIN TO MEDITERRANEAN SEA 

Rugged mountain scenery, breathtaking views and warm, welcoming hospitality combine to make this a truly magnificent and exhilarating walk across the Catalan Pyrenees.

 

SELF-GUIDED WALK ON A DATE TO SUIT YOU - FOR GROUPS OF 2 OR MORE 

 

 

TRIP LENGTH: 7 Days/6 Nights -  DEPARTURE DATE: Date to suit April 1 October 31 (except July & August due to hot weather)  -  GROUP SIZE: 2 or 2 Plus - MEALS : 6 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners (picnic lunches paid locally own arrangements)
OTHER: Luggage Transfer 20KG  -  TRIP GRADE: Moderate to challenging

PRICE FROM: Euro980 per person, twin share  SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Euro280DEPOSIT: AUD500 


OVERVIEW

On this exceptional self-guided walk, you will begin with your head in the clouds in the Costabonne Mountains and finish with your feet in the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea on the Cote Vermeille.
The Catalan Pyrenees boasts some of the most beautiful walking country you could ever imagine. On this exhilarating hike you will encounter dramatic and diverse landscapes, from unspoiled and rugged mountains to lush green valleys. Finally, you will be greeted with spectacular vistas of the sparkling azure waters of the Costa Brava as you descend to the Mediterranean Sea.

Our route primarily follows the GR11 walking trail and is dotted with ancient villages each with their own charm. Setting out from the tiny village of Setcases you will wander through wild chestnut woods and beech-groves. Along the way you will discover Prats de Mollo with its dominating hilltop fort; the old Roman spa town of Amelie les Bain; the cherry town of Ceret, once a magnet for artists like Picasso, Chagall and Matisse.

This is the heart of Catalonia, where the red and yellow Catalonian flag is proudly displayed throughout the region and the warm and welcoming hospitality, as well as the delicious Catalan food and wine all contribute to an experience of a lifetime.


SELF-GUIDED

You will be equipped with route maps and instructions complete with directions to guide you between villages. Wandering the World takes care of all your accommodation and luggage transfer. You only need carry your day pack with water supply so you can relax and enjoy the walking. A reasonable level of fitness is required as there are some steep uphill stretches.


ACCOMMODATION & MEALS 

Comfortable locally run accommodation, with private facilities; the owner is on hand to welcome you. Dinner will be served in the dining room, usually accompanied by an open fire for the cooler evenings. Hearty country cooking at its best using local produce and picnics can be arranged directly with the landlord, for the following day

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

ARRIVE SETCASES - Day 1/Night 1

 

Your trip starts in Setcases, Spain, a small mountain village located on the Ter River, at the concourse of the Vall-llobre stream in the beautiful Ter Valley. Tonight is spent in a traditional Inn, the owners go back five generations, dating back to 1923, and everyone has a role from the kitchen hand, to the welcome desk. Mariona is in charge, although her English is limited to the menu of the day, her daughter proudly interprets. Nothing is a bother nor too much trouble, so enjoy the warm and friendly hospitality.

 

A chance to sample traditional local Catalan fare in a relaxed and homely atmosphere, and a gin and tonic pre-dinner in the bar if it is to your liking, just to warn you, the Spanish tend to free-pour! 


SETCASES TO MOLLO - Day 2/Night 2 - Walking time: Approx 4 5 hours. 13 kms
Level +550m, Level -650m


On today’s walk you will explore the rugged mountainous terrain and be rewarded with stunning views of the breathtaking landscapes that surround you. Mountain trails will take you through beautiful wooded valleys of beech trees and coniferous forests. As you descend into the small historic town of Mollo, you will encounter the to wn’s charming Romanesque church, Santa Cecilia. The perfect place to stop for the night.

 

MOLLO TO PRATS DE MOLLO -Day 3/Night 3 - Walking time: Approx 5 6 hours.14 kms
Level +440m, Level -885m

As you cross the Pyrenees today you will walk from Spain into France - from Mollo (Spain) to Prats de Mollo (France). You leave South Catalonia following an old smugglers’ path and en route visit the tower ‘Tour de Mir’, where you will enjoy sweeping views over the Vallespir Valley. On arrival in the medieval city of Prats de Mollo (France) a wander through the old streets and a visit to Fort Laguarde, is recommended. The impressive castle was built in 1683 to strengthen the town’s defences.  A change of cuisine, foie gras, duck and cheese rule the menus, along with impressive wines. 

 


PRATS DO MOLLO TO AMELIE LES BAINS - Day 4/Night 4 - Walking time: Approx 5 6 hours. 12 kms Level +362m, Level -1018 m
This morning you will be transferred to St Laurent de Cerdans; the starting point for your walk to Amélie les Bains. A short climb will take you to the Pilon de Belmatx (1280m) and from here you’ll experience spectacular 360 o views over the Costa Brava, the Canigou Mountain and to the Côte Vermeille. Beginning your descent, you walk down a long, rocky trail and then follow a path through dense chestnut forests before eventually arriving at the town of Amélie les Bains. Upon arrival in Amélie les Bains there’ll be time to explore the lively streets of this pretty town, which is famous for its natural healing sulphur springs that rise from the Gorge do Mondony. Amélie les Bains is today one of the most frequently visited thermal baths in France. You may even catch a local game of boules, a popular social pastime for Amélie’s residents. 

AMELIE LES BAINS TO CERET - Day 5/Night 5 - Walking time: Approx 4.5-5 hours. 10 kms
Level +380m, Level - 320m)
Today you can enjoy a more leisurely pace with an easy walk from Amélie les Bains to the lovely town of Céret. You will pass the small village of Reynes at the bottom of a valley and then from the Col de Boussells you will arrive at the outskirts of Céret and the surrounding cherry tree orchards.

The area is known for its cherry production, and the mild climate assures early fruit maturity, around mid-April. Tradition states that the first pick of cherries is given to the French President as a gift from Catalonia. You will soon begin to experience the magic of Céret as you follow the small and narrow street into the town centre. An artist’s town, the most well-known cubism painters where inspired by Céret and spent a lot of time here. A key centre of Catalan culture, the town is renowned Museum for Modern Art exhibits works by Picasso, Matisse, Chagal, Maillol, Dali and Miro. A visit here is recommended. Your hotel in Céret was frequented by some of these famous artists who donated original works to the hotel owner who proudly exhibits them on the hotel walls.



CERET TO BANYULS SUR MER - Day 6/Night 6 - Walking time: Approx 7.5-8 hours. 22 kms OR Walking time: Approx 5 hours. 15 kms. Level + 642m, level, Level -1589m .
This morning you will be transferred from Céret to Pic Néoulous from where you commence your final and longest walk, down to the charming town of Banyuls sur Mer located at the base of the Pyrenees and on the shores of the sparkling Mediterranean. From Pic Néoulous (1260m) experience fantastic views of the Mediterranean Sea, the Roussillon plain
and the Pyrenees. Today’s trail takes you along the Albères; the colourful foothills of the eastern Pyrenees, then from the Pic Sailfort a steep and rockydescent leads to the Cap Béar. Passing through picturesque hillside vineyards you will reach Elmes’s beach before continuing on to Banyuls sur Mer. 

Option: For those that would prefer an easier walk today, it is possible to do a shorter walk of approx. 5 hours starting from Col de la Serre.

BANYULS SUR MER - Day 7

The trip ends this morning after breakfast in Banyuls-sur-Mer.

Wandering the World hope you have had a journey of a lifetime and welcome your choice to wander with us again. 

 

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PHONE:  +61 (0) 402 910 552

EMAIL: Glenyce Johnson glenycej@wanderingtheworld.com.au

VISIT:   www.wanderingtheworld.com.au

 


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