Discover one of the oldest strongholds in Catalonia, on the borders of Upper Vallespir, facing Canigou Mountain. The fortress consists of 3 distinct buildings: on the highest spur (1326 m) the ruins of the castle and the church; nearby the walled garrison building; the watchtower leans out furthest over the valley.

Growing up between the game reserves in South Africa and the wilderness of the Australian outback, Ian Pendry discovered a love for nature early on in life. At university in Sheffield he met Angela, an international mountain bike racer and skilled ski mountaineer. The rest, as they say, is history.

The start point is St Jean de L’Albere on the D71 road from Le Perthus to Neolous. Park here in the pretty shaded village & start walking west along the road until you come to the yellow sign pointing up the hill labelled “Coll de Llinas” with a very optimistic time estimate of 1h20.

At 10.00am on a beautifully clear day, we assembled at the col de Creu between Matermale and Sansa for the second of our winter snowshoe walks.
Our previous walk in the valley of Planès had been a great success so this time we had planned a bbq at the unguarded refuge les Estagnols, on the slopes of the Madres peak.

WALK THE REGION WITH LEIGH AND MERRY FOSTER Le Racou to Collioure Length: Just under 4km each way. Time, approx 2-3 hrs. Well marked and signposted.   Anyone that loves the rocky scenery of the…

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