Walk the Region: Vineyards of Terrats Circular

This circular walk through terraced vineyards in the foothills of Mount Canigou is the region’s one and only ‘Oenorandonnée’, (wine walk) awarded by the Fédération Française de Randonnée (French hiking federation) to circular walks that set off and arrive back at a wine cellar.

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View of Canigou through the vineyards

The labelled circuit starts (and ends) at the Cave de Terrats in the heart of the Aspres. What better way to follow fresh air and good healthy exercise than a tasting of this excellent and well priced wine? It would practically be rude not to!

Did you know?

…that “Aspres” means “poor” or “arid” in Catalan, although the regional wines are anything but!


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Map of the walk

Key Info

Easy to moderate

2h – 7,7 km

185 m altitude

Clearly marked with yellow and white markers

Getting there

Heading from Perpignan towards Le Boulou on the D900, turn off onto the D612 at Mas Sabole, direction Thuir. Carry on for around 5km and left turn for Terrats. The winery is on the right, easily recognisable by its ‘Tour Bouteillé’, the only three storied wine tower in France. Park in Terrats winery car park or nearby.

Combine your walk with a visit to nearby Thuir

Visit the 18th century church of Notre-Dame de la Victoire, with its curious statue of the Virgin, created in the thirteenth century from black lead.

According to legend, when Charlemagne went into battle against the Saracens on the heights of Passa, he placed this statue of the Virgin in the midst of his parched and exhausted army, just as they were about to desert the battlefield.

A fountain of water gushed from the dry land, the soldiers drank to their fill, and, replenished, drove away the enemy.

Notre Dame de la Victoire, Thuir


Start in front of the Tour Bouteillé and take 1st street on left, following the signs.

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Tour bouteillé

Turn right, exit the village, and continue into vineyards.

Cross the River Canterrane (meaning frog song). Gold was once mined in this river. Have a paddle and grab anything glittering in the sunshine. You may even find prospectors sifting through the riverbed for ‘paillettes d’or’ To your right, you will see the ‘Roc de Mallorca’ overlooking the plain.

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Roc de Mallorca

Turn left by the shepherd’s hut (‘cortal’ in Catalan), and continue straight ahead, ignoring path on right.


This Catalan word describes the stone sheep shelters of the Conflent region, built in village or pasture, often large enough to shelter both the sheep and the shepherd.

As the building of these stone sheepfolds required hundreds of tons of stone and skilled masons to carry out the work, they tended to be financed and owned by wealthy farmers.

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Follow the signs, turning left after the loop, by some ruined cottages.

Cross the River Canterrane again via a new crossing, and walk along the gardens, until you reach Terrats. Stroll around the village with its romanesque church and bell tower, ice wells and ancient bread oven, before returning to the car park, just in time for a delightful wine taster in the pleasant winery.

More than a walk

But this is more than just a hike! You can order a ‘Panier gourmand’, from the cave, and once you’ve worked up an appetite (and a thirst!) the winemakers will meet you halfway with a picnic and a bottle.  (reservations required). Click here for more info and for other details of the wine-related activities on offer throughout July and August.

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Picnic in the vineyards

Get lost!

Walk and wine for the big kids, then how about games around the water and flower mazes of the Labyrinthe aux 1000 fleurs?


Find out more from one of their FOUR wineries


Tel: 04 68 53 02 50
46 avenue des Corbières, 66300 Terrats


Tel: 04 68 38 89 65
1 bis rue du Taste Vin, 66300 Fourques


Tel: 04 68 09 71 07
8 avenue des Aspres , 66400 Céret


Tel: 04 68 53 34 10
1063 avenue de la Méditerranée (rond point), 66300 Thuir

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