Trip 2007
            Trip 2

cote vermeille

     Here is a short relaxing trip, between the sea and the mountains surrounding us as we cross the Catalan countryside. We will take the most beautiful paths from Banuyls sur Mer, to the pretty city of Cadaquès.

   This coast symbolises the meeting of two giants, the Mediteranean and the Pyrenees. When the latter falls into the sea, it forms isolated bays, erroded caps, tormented by the elements in a splender of beauty. The Vermeille coast is dotted with villages as magnificent as its surrounding nature.

    We will alternate between paths taking us along the coast, passing magnificant creeks and caps sculted by the wind and the sea, to interior paths taking us to the summits of the most dominant pics, offering us a splendid panorama of the sea and its coast line.

    We will discover many different aspects of Catalan life, as much the french culture as the spanish, along with the opening of the first spring flowers.

     The cost of this wonderful excursion is 385 Euro per person, this includes the cost of the hostel, all meals, organization and guide for the trip. Transport to Colioure, and individual insurance are at your own expense. However, I can help you to find good flight and transport deals.

San Pere - mer et montagne

Details :
  • Climate : typical mediterranean climate, warm and dry, however it's also a very windy region.
  • Level : the level is fairly easy and accessible for anyone in  good physical condition. 6 hours walking each day on average the altitude is between 100m and 700m.
We will walk light, carrying only a small rucksack with water, meals for the day and warm clothes.
  • Accommodation : I will choose confortable hostels which are calm and convivial. The rooms are generaly 2 bed.
  • Meals : We will have our breakfast and evening meals in our hostel or nearby restaurants. For lunch, we will picnic during our walk in scenic places with local products (dry fruit, salad, ham, cheese, ...).
          During my trekking holidays I try to ensure that we taste a maximum of local dishes.
  • Transport during the week : We will arrange between my car and those of participants to bring us to and from the valley. 
  • Meeting point : The gathering will be on Tursday at the train station in Collioure at 10:00. The trek will finish Saturday at 17:00 in Collioure. 
  • For join Collioure : they are numerous airports which you can avail of (Perpignan, Toulouse, Carcassonne, Montpelier,...). After, you can join Collioure by bus or train.
  • Material to remember : a sun-hat and a warm hat, a light pair of trousers, comfortable shoes for walking, a swimsuit, a warm jacket, a rain-jacket; evening sandals, a small rucksack, sun glasses, sun cream, a knife/penknife, a water container, and a small first-aid kit.
I have a first-aid kit but it is important that everyone takes responsibility to bring their own personal first-aid consisting of: normal plasters and those which protect blisters, painkillers eg; asparin, an internal antiseptic, an antidiarrhoretic, eye drops and any personal medication you normally take.

San Pere de Rodes

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Itinerary  (which is subject to change):

  • Day 1 : we will meet at Collioure train station at 10:00. We will head out immediately for a 2 hours walk to streatch out our legs at the tower of Madeloc. We will have lunch in full view of the magnificant panorama that the site offers. In the afternoon we will go down to the coast to walk along the old path of the boarder guards ("chemin des douaniers"). In the evenig, we will join Banyuls by car where we stay the night.
  • Day 2 : we leave Banyuls and go as far as Portbou during the day, passing magnificant hill tops overlooking the sea, as well as the peek of Querroig (672 m). In the evening, we will delight on some spanish and spend the night in Portbou.
  • Day 3 : A short road trip as far as Llança to start the day. From here we will climb the "coll de Perer" (350 m) where there is the ancient Abbey of San Pere de Rodes. We will climb as far as the San Salvador castle where the panorama leaves one speachless. We will descend as far as Port de la Selva where we will stay the night. 
  • Day 4 :  from Port de la Selva, we will reach Cadaques by small coastal paths and creeks. That night we will stay in Cadaques.
  • Day 5 : a walk between Cadaques and the cape of Creus, in the pretty natural park where the rocks are sliced and jagged by errosion. After a last meal and some shopping in the village of Cadaques, we will take the road back to Collioure to say our goodbyes. 

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