This is a very pretty circular walk above the charming Albères village of Montesquieu, which anyone interested in the flora of this delightful region should enjoy. It follows a well-marked trail with some lovely views from Canigou to the coast. It is about 6km long and takes about 2 hours. Some of the climbs are a bit steep and overall it is a medium level walk, so good boots and sticks are recommended.

The emblematic cape symbolises the oriental “finisterre” of the Pyrenees. It gives its name to the whole peninsula classified as a Natural Park since 1998.
The mineral intensity, omnipresence of the sea, deserted land, flowering broom and cists and the spectacular contrasts in relief and colours display a fascinating atmosphere of wild beauty.

A one and a half hour circuit in the footsteps of the French and Spanish soldiers who fought in the bloody battle of Le Boulou, it is a historical eye opener. Stunning views over the Albères, Roussillon plain as far as the Med and across to Mount Canigo, are a stark contrast to the bloody tableau of wounded and dying, which once stained this peaceful landscape.

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.

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