Walk the Region. Notre Dame de Pène/ Calce circular A 13km 4 hour circular with 500 metres of ascent, much of which is in the first part of the walk. Well signed route with yellow waymark signs.
I still feel as if I’m going on holiday every time I pop over into Spain, one of the many joys of living in the Pyrénées-Orientales. A complete change of country and language without crossing water is a bit of a treat for us Brits!
This extraordinary walk at first seems lacking potential until it is actually completed, when a feeling of hope for our environment rises after witnessing the existence of untouched wild life.
One of the greatest things about winter is that the life of the animals and birds of the mountains is much easier to see and understand thanks to the snow.
Once again, the prefecture of the Pyrenees-Orientales warns of the potential dangers of flu, reminding us that last year around 5 – 10 per day were infected.
Get out your walking boots and prepare to discover the hidden delights of Figueres. Come on a market day (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) and bring a stout basket. Forget Dalì for today, but plan to come again midweek in midwinter and spend a day taking in all five museums.
Where a Bank holiday falls on a Tuesday or a Thursday, many small businesses will ‘faire le pont’ (make a bridge) and take Friday or Monday off too to ;make a long weekend. This rarely applies to large shops, supermarkets etc, many of whom no longer close for most of the public holidays.
Thinking of heading to the mountains for some winter fun? Before you leave, you can check the state of the roads you’ll be driving on.
Continued discussion of The Nightingale, originally reviewed by Gillian Golborne in December
A lovely walk up through the forest to the Ermitage de Notre Dame du Coral followed by lunch at the Auberge and the same walk back down to Lamanère. It is just under 6 km and takes about 2 hours even for slower walkers.