Coming from the French word terre for “soil,” the word terroir originally described the special characteristics of a region, or piece of land, which gave different varieties of wine, coffee and tea their individuality. (Soil, climate, position, regional traditions….)
Local oenology club is back again with a summer programme bursting with local wine tours and events
Ideas of things to see and do when the weather takes a turn for the worse
High above the village of Sorède, you will find the ruggedly impressive ruins of the Château d’Ultrera – the Castle of the Vulture
Our day starts in Maureillas, pretty Catalan village off the D9 Le Boulou – Le Perthus road.
A circular 21/4 hour walk from Collioure with good paths and lovely views. For those who know the area a lot of variations are possible in order to make a longer/slightly different walk. 333m of ascent.
Unexpectedly tucked away off the Auchan roundabout, overlooking, and within easy walking distance of the shopping centre, the former Fort of Serrat d’en Vaquer stands on the highest hill of the Roussillon plain.
In a bid to improve the efficiency (and consequently the financial viability) of the region’s public transport system, Daniel Mach, vice-president of the transport department, explains, “It’s about positioning the right service in the right place at the right time”.
We pass evocatively named places busy with history; Besalú, St Jaume de Llierca, Castellfollit de la Roca before entering Olot and the Parc Natural de la Zona Volcanica de la Garrotxa abundant with fascinating conical and sometimes symmetrical hills.
This iconic emblem of the P-O has caught the attention of amateur film makers, Angelina and Dima.