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Cape Creuse and the Pyrénées Orientales

   

Cape Creuse and the Pyrénées Orientales

Self proclaimed « The Twilight Tour for the Bewildered », this modest group (!) covered 11 good walking days with up to 800m of altitude gain and most often 5-6 hours of hiking, not to mention dancing, singing, swimming, yoga, eating and drinking which were all quite active parts of our holiday together !!!

Sadly a few people had to give this year a miss due to family circumstances but we left Carcasonne airport with 12, all determined to enjoy these 2 weeks ...and they did !!!

Font Romeu, a renowned high altitude resort in the « Pyrenées Orientales »and Philippe from« Les Cariolettes » Gîte gave us a warm welcome and offered us delicious local meals and a perfect location.www.gite-les-cariolettes.com

Cedric, our friendly and welcoming guide joined us on our days out, sharing his local knowledge and bringing us to the best walks around. His kind and generous touch was a great plus to this holiday, not to mention his mushrooming skills and the honour of eating some fresh off a mountain camp fire with lunch ! www.maisondelarando.com

                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

Three days in the mountains and down to Port Vendres for a change of scenery.Merce, a Natural Park guide joined us with Aixa the dog ! Merce catered to every need with her kind and gentle touch, sharing family stories from Cadaquez to history of the region with skill and joy, moving from French to Catalan to Spanish to English with ease! www.rutescadaques.com

  

Kerry was also with us to shuttle bags and sometimes people about,making this linear walk possible and enjoyable (no heavy bags!). She also helped to encourage John on stage with the guitar and her singing voice pulling us all along ! Thanks big sis !

 

                                                          

 

Every evening saw us on the coast, in cosy hotels (some even luxurious) with sunrises to match ! Most days saw us on ridges and summits with views down to the amazing coastline, looking down on the pretty port towns and coves, the winding coastline and south to cape de creuse, the most easterly peninsula and a Natural Park, the land of Salvador Dali. After several days walking, having also taken in the famous « Fete des Vendanges » in Banyuls sur Mer -and enjoying the local wines, music and dancing and a memorable ambiance, we reached the beautiful fishing village of Cadaquez with its white-washed fronts, red-tiled rooves and Dali's homeplace and museum. This is a truly idyllic spot from where to discover the wonders of the Natural Park, its craggy peninsulas and gentle bays, its amazing rock formations and surprising vegetation, aswell as its hidden beaches and turquoise waters.

 

   

On our way back, we stopped at Valerie's vinyard in Banyuls and cave to understand the background of organice wine-making and tasted some of their delicious wines domainedelacasablanca.e-monsite.com

 

and last afternoon stop to visit the pretty town of Collioure before reaching Carcasonne for our final night together.

 

 

We seemed to pack in quite alot to 15 days !

 

Thankyou again to Bob for organising, as each year, such trips.

     

Thankyou to this great group who always come back for more and always have such a positive outlook.

 

Thankyou to the local guides who helped us to enjoy walking through their homelands even more, helping us to « fit in » and better understand their area.

 

Thankyou to the Sun and Blue Skies, with us every day for 2 weeks !

 

Looking forward to next year-Portugal may well be our next destination...

 

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