Narbonne is a leafy and well-appointed town, initially founded by the Romans in 118 BCE, when it was known then as Narbo. Once a very prosperous port and a major city due to its strategic location, it was in fact Rome’s first colony in Gaul.
Céret-born Martin Fourcade, a 26-year-old non-commissioned officer of the mountain infantry brigade at Chamonix, emerged from the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games as the new star of biathlon, with three medals – two gold and one silver.
For thousands of years, large and cumbersome ‘racket’ snowshoes were absolute necessities to move around in snowy landscapes, to hunt, trap, communicate, discover and survive.
The snow is falling in the Pyrénées and no doubt thoughts are turning to waxing and servicing skis in preparation for the opening of the pistes. But there is another snowy activity to consider : snowshoeing!
Le Tour de France is coming to the P-O for the first time since 2009. Stage 15 on the 11th July 2021 is classed as a mountain stage, starting in our very own Céret and climbing 192km to the finish line in Andorra
Ironically, despite its French origins, Britain is also the only European country to measure distance in miles instead of kilometres.
This month we’re heading up to to the mountain towns of Font Romeu and Les Angles, with a couple of stops en route to explore the historic walled towns of Villefranche and Mont Louis.
This French tradition of serving a frangipane filled tart known as the ‘galette des rois’ (or the ‘gateau des rois’ in the South of France) on, or around the 6th January, (the first Sunday of each New Year) actually dates back to the 14th century.
Tread carefully on your way up to the ski slopes this winter.
with Tim and Chris Parker Tour de Querriog (670m), Puig Joan, Banyuls ridge This is a BIG 12km circular walk with approx 720m of ascent including the undulating ridge. It offers wonderful views and some…