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Walks and hiking at Amélie-les-Bains Palalda

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Practical Tips, equipment

  • Walking shoes
 • 1 litre of water per person
 • A sweater and a wind cut
 
Useful numbers
• Firefighters 18
• Ambulance : 15
• Police : 17
• The 112 is the number for emergency calls in all countries of the European Union. The 112 is usable from fixed phone posts, mobile phones and voice operators on ip such as adsl online telephony. The geolocation of calls from mobile and support of different languages remain insufficient in several eu countries. A mobile phone can be used to reach the 112 without entering the pin code and even if the phone is not equipped with a sim card. The 112 is available worldwide on mobile phone networks. In France, the 112 redirects on numbers 15,17,18,115 and 119
 
• Weather France : 08 92 68 35 50
• Ecogîte de la palette : 04 68 21 37 24
 
Recommendations
• Avoid leaving alone and always notify someone when you decide to leave.
• Indicate the place where you are going and the duration of your ride.
• Always stay hydrated, don't wait to be thirsty to drink.
• Also predict to bring food (quick sugar) Case in case of need.
• Take a first aid kit
• Respect Nature, never make fire and avoid smoking.
• Do not pick plants or flowers.
• Forbidden Wild camping.
• Some circuits may present risks, or some constraints due to the weather.
 
NB: if you are sporty or hikers, the Roc de France and the Roc Saint-Sauveur are the 2 unmissable summits to discover on Amélie-les-Bains Palalda.
 
The informations on this site are given as an indicative, the Tourist Office decline any responsibility in the event of an accident.

Walks From Amélie-les-Bains Palalda

Walk 1. Amélie - Le Calvaire de Montbolo. 4,3 km time 1hour. Easy Level with a climb.

To see on the way: Cross of 8 meters high standing on a rocky piton at 337 meters above sea level. It's an iron armed cross wearing the attributes of passion (Spear, sponge soaked with vinegar, crown of thorns and nails).

Departure: In front of the tourist office. Go down the avenue of the Vallespir, turn on the left on street of Dr. Bouix.
Crossing the casino bridge to the monument to the dead Dr. Bouix. Take the stairs that bring you to the road to montbolo.
After 1.5 km, at the level of the old mine of the plasterwork, take the path that leads to the cross.
Back by the same itinerary with a variant passing through the rue des cèdres and the rue des genêts d'or. Come back by the alleys of the boulevard de La Petite Provence...
 
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Walk 2.  Amélie - Chemin de Rivemale. 4.8 km time 1h15. Easy level (flat).

To see on the way: This ride leads you to the sports centre and offers a view of the opposite bank of the Tech and its fitness circuit from the bridge to the football fields.

Departure: In front of the tourist office. Go down the avenue of the vallespir, turn on the left street of Dr. Bouix and borrow the boulevard de La Petite Provence.
Pass respectively in front of the pool, the park Forest Aventure, the tennis courts. Follow the "voie verte" by the path of rivemale to the urbanization "Le pla du Bernadou". Come back by the road of the corniche.
View on the sports facilities. Bypass the inter-generational Parc-En-Ciel to come back from the same itinerary.
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Walk 3.  Amélie - Chemin du Fort. 3.8 km time 1h 30. Easy level.

Possibility to make this walk in the reverse direction: the climb will be sweeter!!!

To see on the way: The Historic District of the Escaldadou, the source of the Montjolet, Fort Les Bains.
 
Departure: In front of the tourist office. Go down the avenue of the vallespir and get on your right the aisles of the former thermal military hospital. Crossing the bridge of the Mondony. Going to the Roman baths. Take the stairs along the concrete street to the path of the Fort. Climb the concrete road over 100 meters and take the path to the right that joins "Can Baget" and the "Alzine Rodone" at the level of the notary study.
Heading to Amélie, bypass the football stadium by the left, along the golf course. Follow the banks of the tech. Climb the stairs under the bridge and cross the bridge to travel the alleys of the boulevard de La Petite Provence.
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Walk 4.  l’Escaldadou par la Source du Montjolet. 1.6 km time 1hour. Easy level.

To see on the way: The oldest neighborhood district of Amélie-Les-Bains. The source of the Montjolet (Sodium sulphide water whose properties allow to treat psoriasis and eczema).

Departure: In front of the tourist office. Go down the avenue of the vallespir and get on your right the alleys of the former thermal hospital of the armies. Crossing the bridge. On your left, view on the thermal baths, the gorges of the mondony. Going to the Roman baths. Take the stairs along the concrete street to the "Chemin du Fort". Take left on 200 meters to the source of the Montjolet. After a little break, take the right way above the source. This path comes back to the neighborhood of the escaldadou. Either by the "Carrer del Rentador" or by the stairs of the hotel des gorges. Descent by the "Rue des Thermes"...

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Walk 5. Le Centre Equestre - Can Malcion. 3.8 km time 1h15. Easy level. 

Departure: In front of the tourist office. Going down the avenue of the Vallespir. Turn on the left street of Dr. Bouix. After the casino bridge, take 1st to the right, "Route du vieu pont", then "Quai du Tech". This walk that passes under the medieval village of palalda leads to the equestrian centre of Can Malcion. Take the time to visit the stables of Catherine and Nicolas Jalabert. Go back to the "Can de las Basses" by passing in front of the rural gites towards the famous fountain Pages, its picnic site and its wash-house. Access to the medieval village of palalda by the "carrer du Bac" and the "carrer de l'Aire". Possibility of a free visit of the Ecomuseum, its permanent exhibition of garnets, its artisans of arts. Enjoy the square of the church with its beautiful door. A Bistro offers a panoramic view of Amélie. To see!!!

Possibility of return by descending the narrow streets of Palalda that drive on the banks of the Tech or by the departmental road of the "Col du Fourtou" towards Amélie.

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Walk 6.  Palalda - Arles-sur-Tech. 6 km aller time 1h30. Easy level.  

The path of arts and crafts the pole of arts crafts.

A walk through the Tech, time and techniques, in the heart of Sud Canigó, between men and mountain, fires of the earth and know-how.

Departure: Palalda and square The Roman church. After visiting the ecomuseum and its permanent exhibition of garnets, follow the red signs representing a bear paw. This path go down through the small streets of Palalda to follow the banks of the river by the "Quai du Tech", then "Route du vieux Pont". Take the boulevard de "La Petite Provence", pass in front of the municipal pool and follow the "Voie Verte" to the entrance of Arles-sur-Tech. Take left to the 1St Roundabout, pass in front of the old mine and walk around the function room with its beautiful painting to continue on the mill of the arts (former weaving factory of arles). Visit of the Gallery-boutique and workshops. Visit in the city centre of the Abbey and its holy grave. Possible return with the bus at 1 Euros.

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Walk 7.  Amélie-les-Bains Palalda - le Vila par Voie-Verte. 10 km return trip time 2h00. Easy level.

To see on the way: Journey that borrows the old railway path with its beautiful bridges overlooking the tech.

Departure: In front of the tourist office. Going down the avenue of the Vallespir. Turn on the left street of Dr. Bouix. After the casino bridge, take the road to the "Col du Fourtou" then the 1st on the right facing the fire station: the walk of the "Chênes verts", then "Cami Del Ocells". 30 meters on your left after the parking of the Leader Price, follow the road sign "Voie Verte". Possibility to go to Céret and come back by the same itinerary or with the bus at 1 Euro.

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Hiking from Amélie-les-Bains Palalda and Montalba

 Hiking 1. The Chapel Santa Engracia. 2 H15 return trip-8.2 km. Average level.

Altitude 653 m, elevation 480 m.

To see on the way: Panorama on the valley, Fort-Les-Bains and the Chapel Santa Engracia (Romanesque Chapel of the XI / XII centuries).

Departure: In front of the tourist office of Amélie-Les-Bains Palada, go down the avenue of the Vallespir. Take on the right , the alley of the former thermal hospital of the armies. Crossing the bridge that leads to the Roman baths. Take the ramp towards the « Chemin du Fort ».

At the level of the asphalt road, turn on the left, pass in front of the source of the Madonna. The path is going to bypass a property along a fence on the right. Cross the road and borrow the « 25th léger » heading to the Chapel Santa Engracia.

The path is gradually rising. Always stay on the right. (do not take the road to the ground that descends on the road of Montalba and bring you back to Amélie-Les-Bains by the Escaldadou and the baths of Amélie-les-Bains). Arrival on the promenade of Santa Engracia.

Brief Round-trip to the panorama of the cross before return the chapel.

Arrival on site, discover the source. The return is done by the same itinerary with a variant of return by the little baterie. Ascent of the road road over 300 m and come back through the path of the Escaldadou (the oldest district of Amélie) and the baths of Amélie-Les-Bains.

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Hiking 2. La Montée au Drapeau. 4.7 km 1h35 return trip. Easy level.

Altitude 430 m, elevation 282 m.

To see on the way: Panorama on the valley, Fort-Les-Bains and the Mondony

Departure: In front of the tourist and spa office of Amélie-les-Bains. Take the main artery on the left (Cap 110). Pass on the small bridge that crosses the Mondony and borrow the avenue of General de Gaulle. At the entrance of the underground parking, climb to the right the "Camí del Pastou". The trail in long climb leads to an intersection of several paths. Leave this main climb for skew twice in a row right at 10 meters distance arrow "Roc De La Campana / the flag". bypass a mound by the left.

Watch out! This portion of the trail is sometimes steep with 2 or 3 big steps to cross. Arrival on a vast panorama: always choose the option crooked on the left. 2,35 km arrival to the flag. Then turn around by following the same itinerary. Back to the intersection met during the climb, come down on Amélie-les-Bains by the same itinerary as to go. Back to the city centre, going back rather by the avenue that bordes the Tech. At the bridge at the corner of the casino, borrow on the left the short pedestrian alley of Doctor Bouix. And at the end on the left, take the avenue of the Vallespir, to the tourist and spa office.
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Hiking 3. Montalba - Roc Saint-Sauveur. hard level 4h00 return trip 8 kms

Altitude 1235 M, elevation 600 m.

Go by car to montalba (8 kms from Amélie-les-Bains by the road RD 53).

Departure: From Montalba take the GR 10 (Red & white markup) direction Moli Serradou. At the end of half an hour of walk leave the GR10 and take right direction the Roc Saint-Sauveur. The final part is sloping. The Majestic Saint Sauveur Guides Your Ascension. A herd of wild ibex lives on that part. Take your camera!!! Arrival on a small tray. Possibility to access the summit by narrow path to take pictures. Descent and return from the same itinerary.

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Hiking 4. Le Roc de France. Hard level. 3h15 return trip 11.4 kms.

Altitude 1450 M, elevation 705 m

To see on the way: Panoramas on the valley of the Mondony, the Roc Saint-Sauveur, the Canigó, Spain, snow well.

Departure: The hike starts from the land-full located at the entrance of the hamlet of Montalba (at the end of the road). Climb at the right of the fountain then take the gr10 at the cross level. Choose the left branch arrow "Mouli Serradou / Col Cerda" (Cap 150). Keep going on the gr10 (left branch path), slightly flat and arrow " Roc de frausa" (Cap East). The Trail joins a track that goes on a climb at the right. At 3,15 km leave this track to go crooked on the right and flat on a path leading quickly on the steep part of the ascension. In Col Cerda, continue the ascension on the left (still on the gr10, arrow "Col du Puits de neige"). At the exit of a beech wood, give up the GR10 a short moment to discover to go crooked, on the right, under softwood trees. Climb on the south side of the ridge by a steep rocky corridor.

7,30 km: arrival at the top of the Roc de Frausa. Make a small loop to the right that evolves a few moments on the south side. At the end of this loop, come down on Montalba by the same ride.
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Hiking 5. La RodellaAverage level. 2h40 return trip 10kms elevation 485m

Altitude 566 m, elevation 485 m

 

To see on the way: the village of Montbolo with panoramic view, the village of Palalda and the pole of arts crafts

Departure: Tourist office of Amélie-les-Bains Palalda: take twice in a row on the left and cross the Tech (Casino Bridge). Take on the left, "La Petite Provence" and follow the route of the "Voie Verte". At 2,35 km leave the "Voie Verte" to climb a parallel path to the right. Climb right the stairs of " la Rodella ". continue to climb the gentle slope (to the left) and, 40 m further, take right this time (Arrow " Montbolo "). Join the village by the road. At the right going down to the church (Impasse des Albères). In the centre of Montbolo, start the descent of the GRP arrow " Palalda ". cross the road, then turn on the left at the level of a fork 80m further (Arrow "Palalda"). 2nd road crossing, then 100 m further, going through the "Al Sola" clinic. In Palalda, follow the indication "Mairie, Eglise", then at the bottom of a very steep slope, the street of "General de Gaulle". Get down on the left the stairs of the "carrer de la Drecera", those of the "Carrer de la Costa", the "Carrer del Moli", then other stairs until the bottom. Finish the hike at the right along the banks of the Tech.

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Hiking 6. Amélie-Montalba. Average level. 4h00 return trip 10kms elevation 440m

Departure: In front of the tourist office. Go down the avenue of the Vallespir, continue until the end of the avenue of General de Gaulle. At the parking checkout, take the climb of the path of the Pastou and take to the right. The path runs along the great wall of the former thermal hospital of the armies.

The trail is deep. The markup is yellow. However, a blue markup is visible throughout the ascension to Montalba corresponding to the mountain race "Vallespir Skyrace" which borrows the same itinerary.

Arrived at the little col, the trail is shared in three.

Important do not take « Roc de France » by « Can Felix ». Continue on 10 meters, possibility to go to the flag and enjoy a beautiful panoramic view. For This, continue on 50 m to your right. At the small fork, keep on the left on 200 m to the flag. A beautiful panoramic view is offered to hikers.

Watch out! On the flag, come back on your steps to the intersection and take to the right to continue the hike towards Montalba. The path continues on a mountain side on a few kilometers and leads to a bend (asphalt road). Go down 300 m on the road to the bridge of Riubanys. In summer hikers can take a bath under this bridge. Take the trail on the left before the bridge and towards Montalba and its church.

Back by the same itinerary or possibility to return through the road either until the junction of the flag trail or come back entirely by the road to Amélie.

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Tourist and spa office Amélie-les-Bains Palalda

22, avenue du Vallespir

66112 Amélie-les-Bains Palalda

Phone number (+33) 4 68 39 01 98

contact@amelie-les-bains.com

 

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