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!
Pic du Canigou walk – a sense of achievement and spectacular views from the top on a good day are more than worth the effort.
You have probably crossed Caixas on your way to visit Castelnou without spotting this commune hidden in the rugged heart of the Aspres.
Across the bridge from Ille sur Têt, on the road to Belesta, along a small road on the left running along by the river, lies the ruined village of Casenoves, (‘new houses’ in Catalan).
This is a comfortable jaunt around a valley to the south of Banyuls-sur-Mer. It involves gentle climb to Puig del Mas followed by a short but steep climb along the beginning of the ‘Chemin de Walter Benjamin’
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.
This walk starts and ends on the road to La Vall, between Sorède and Argelès, meandering through the lower wooded slopes up to the ruggedly impressive Château d’Ultrera.
An excellent circular walk of approximately 4 1/2 hours with 550m of ascent. The walk offers wonderful views of the Corbières ridges and valleys and beyond.
This Estagel walk offers great views of the Corbières ridges and valleys and beyond. Straightforward, on easy pistes and tracks with some portions of road, and up a lovely rocky valley so walking boots are essential.