If you are aware of anybody who may be at risk, you can contact CCAS 04. 68. 34. 44. 53 from 9h to 12h and 13h to 5h and and add them to a computerised register, which will trigger off a monitoring system, which will allow the equivalent of the social services to check up on them during a heat wave.

Sometimes, however, it’s nice to get away from the crowds and find an unpeopled hideaway. The Pyrénées-Orientales offers dozens of ’criques’ along its rocky coast, small beaches and rocky inlets, usually relatively sheltered from the winds. Whilst many of them can be accessed only from the sea, there are many more which are accessible from the land with a reasonable pair of trainers and a rucksack.

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