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 WALKS AND HIKES FROM AMÉLIE-LES-BAINS PALALDA

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7 WALKS & 6 HIKES

 

The lively city of Amélie-les-Bains Palalda combines, with a smiling accent, fresh air and microclimate, mild temperatures and bright sky. These conditions allow the practice of hiking all year long.

All these routes follow exceptional natural areas: To help us in our protection of the environment, respect the fragile areas, where live many plant and animal species.

The "Walks and Hikes guide" is available at the reception desk of the Tourist Office of Amélie-les-Bains Palalda.

 

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WALKS FROM AMÉLIE

WALK 1. AMÉLIE - LE CALVAIRE OF MONTBOLO

ROUTE : 4.3 km TIME : 1h LEVEL : easy

This walk leads to a 8 meters high cross 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 nail).

 

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ROUTE DETAILS

  1. Departure : In front of the Tourist Office. Go down the Vallespir avenue, turn on the left on the pedestrian street (street Dr Bouix).
  2. Cross the Casino bridge until the monument to the dead DR. Bouix. Take the stairs that bring you to the road of Montbolo.
  3. After 1.5 KM, at the level of the old mine of the plasterwork, take the path that leads to the cross.
  4. Back by the same itinerary with a variant passing through "Rue des Cèdres" and "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

ROUTE : 4.8 km TIME : 1h15 (Return trip)      LEVEL : easy

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.

 

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ROUTE DETAILS

  1. Departure : In front of the Tourist Office. Go down the Vallespir avenue, turn on the left on the pedestrian street (street Dr Bouix) and borrow the "boulevard de la Petite Provence".
  2. 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".
  3. Come back by the road of the "Corniche". View on the sport facilities.  Bypass the inter-generational Parc-en-ciel to come back by the same itinerary.

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WALK 3. AMÉLIE - CHEMIN DU FORT

ROUTE : 3.8 km TIME : 1h30 (Loop) LEVEL : easy

This walk leads you to the historic district of the Escaldadou, the spring of Monjolet and Fort Les Bains.

 

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ROUTE DETAILS

  1. Departure : In front of the Tourist Office, go down the Vallespir avenue and get on your right the aisles of the former military hospital (border by plane trees).
  2. Cross the Mondony bridge, go in front of the Roman baths.
  3. Take the stairs along the concrete street until the path of the Fort.
  4. Climb the concrete road over 100 meters and take the path on the right which joins "Can Baget" and "Alzine Rodone" at the level of the notary study.
  5. Heading to Amélie, bypass the football fields by the left, along the Golf course.
  6. Follow the banks of the Tech.
  7. 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

ROUTE : 1.6 km TIME : 1h00 (Loop) LEVEL : easy

This walk leads you to the district of the Escaldadou, the oldest of Amélie-les-Bains. The Monjolet spring (Sodium sulphide water whose properties allow to treat psoriasis and eczema).

 

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ROUTE DETAILS

  1. Departure : In front of the Tourist Office, go down the Vallespir avenue and get on your right the aisles of the former military hospital (border by plane trees).
  2. Cross the bridge. On your left you can see the Thermal Baths and the Gorges of the Mondony.
  3. Go in front of the Roman Baths.
  4. Take the stairs along the concrete street until the path of the Fort.
  5. Take to the left on 200 meters until the Monjolet spring.
  6. After a little break, take the right way along the source.
  7. This path come back to the neighborhood of the Escaldadou. Either by the "Carrer del Rentador" or by the stairs of the Gorge's Hotel.
  8. Descent by the "Rue des Thermes".

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WALK 5. LE CENTRE EQUESTRE - CAN MALCION

ROUTE : 3.8 km TIME : 1h15 LEVEL : easy

This walk that passes under the medieval village of Palalda leads to the equestrian centre of Can Malcion.

 

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ROUTE DETAILS

  1. Departure : In front of the Tourist Office. Go down the Vallespir avenue.
  2. Turn to the left on the pedestrian street (street Dr Bouix).
  3. After the Casino bridge, take the first right on the old bridge road  then "Quai du Tech".
  4. This walk that passes under the medieval village of Palalda leads to the equestrian centre of Can Malcion.
  5. Get to the road "Can de las Basses" by passing in front of the rural gites towards the Pages fountain.
  6. Access to the medieval village of Palalda by "Carrer du Bac" and "Carrer de l'Aire".
  7. Possibility of a free visit of the Ecomuseum, its permanent exhibition of garnet, its artisans of art. Enjoy the Church square with its beautiful door. A bistro offers a panoramic view of Amélie. To see !!!
  8. Possibility of return going down the narrow streets of Palalda which drive to the banks of the Tech or by the departmental road "Col du Fourtou" towards Amélie.

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WALK 6. PALALDA - ARLES-SUR-TECH

ROUTE : 6 km TIME : 1h30 LEVEL : easy

This walk that passes through The Path of Arts and Crafts, the Pole of Arts Crafts, is 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.

 

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ROUTE DETAILS

  1. Departure : Palalda and the Roman church square.
  2. After visiting the Ecomuseum and its exhibition of garnets, follow the red signs with a bear paw.
  3. This path go down through the small streets of Palalda to follow the banks of the river by the "Quai du Tech".
  4. Then the old bridge avenue.
  5. Take "Boulevard de la Petite Provence", pass in front of the municipal pool and follow "Voie Verte" until the entrance of Arles-sur-Tech.
  6. Take left at the first roundabout, pass in front of the old mine and walk around the city party hall with its beautiful painting to continue on the mill of the arts (former weaving factory of Arles).
  7. Visit of the gallery-boutique and workshops. Visit in the city centre of the abbey and its holy grave.
  8. Possible return with the bus at 1 Euros.

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WALK 7. AMÉLIE - LE VILA par la Voie Verte

ROUTE : 10 km TIME : 2h00 LEVEL : easy

A walk which borrows the old railway path with its beautiful bridges overlooking the Tech.

 

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ROUTE DETAILS

  1. Departure : In front of Tourist Office, go down the Vallespir avenue.
  2. Turn to the left on the pedestrian street (street Dr Bouix).
  3. After the Casino bridge, take the road in direction of "Jonquera, Céret" (road signs "Voie Verte").
  4. Then take first right in front of the fire station: The walk of the "Chênes Verts", "Cami del Ocells".
  5. 30 meters on your left after the parking of the "Leader Price" follow the road signs "Voie Verte".
  6. Possibility to go until Céret and come back by the same itinerary or with the bus at 1 Euros.

     

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HIKES FROM AMÉLIE

HIKE 1. THE SANTA ENGRACIA CHAPEL

ROUTE : 8.2 km TIME : 2h15 (Return Trip)     LEVEL : medium

ALTITUDE : 653m DIFFERENCE IN HEIGHT : 480m

This hike offers a view on the valley, Fort-les-Bains and the Santa Engracia chapel (Romanesque chapel from the XI / XII centuries).

 

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ROUTE DETAILS

  1. Departure : In front of Tourist Office, go down the Vallespir avenue.
  2. Take right the aisles of the former military hospital (border by plane trees).
  3. Cross the bridge which leads to the Roman Baths.
  4. Take the concrete street in the direction of "Chemin du Fort".
  5. At the level of the asphalt road, turn left and pass in front of the Madone spring.
  6. The path is going to bypasses a property along a fence on the right.
  7. Cross the road and borrow the "25th Léger" heading to the Santa Engracia Chapel.
  8. The path is gradually rising, always stay on the right. (Do not take the dirt road which go down to the Montalba road and brings you back to Amélie-les-Bains by the Escaldadou and the baths of Amélie-les-Bains).
  9. Arrival on the promenade of Santa Engracia.
  10. Brief round-trip toward the cross view before return to the chapel.
  11. Arrival on site and discover the place.
  12. The return is done by the same itinerary with a variant by the little baterie.
  13. Ascent the asphalt road over 300m and come back through the path of the Escaldadou (The oldest of Amélie) and the thermal baths of Amélie-les-Bains.

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HIKE 2. LA MONTÉE AU DRAPEAU

ROUTE : 4.7 km TIME : 1h35 NIVEAU : easy

ALTITUDE : 430m DIFFERENCE IN HEIGHT: 282m

This hike offers a view on the valley, Fort-les-Bains and the Mondony.

 

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ROUTE DETAILS

  1. Departure : In front of Tourist Office, go down to the left the Vallespir avenue.
  2. Cross the small bridge which crosses the Mondony and borrow the General de Gaulle's avenue.
  3. At the entrance of the covered parking, climb right the "Cami del Pastou".
  4. The trail in a long climb leads to an intersection of several paths.
  5. Leave the main climb to turn twice in a row right, at 10 meters of distance arrow "Roc de la Campana / Le Drapeau".
  6. Bypass a hill by the left.
  7. Beware ! this part of the trail could be steep with 2 or 3 big steps to cross. Arrival on a vast view: Always choose the option crooked on the left.
  8. At 2.35 km arrival to the flag.
  9. Then do a U-turn following the same itinerary.
  10. Back to the intersection met during the climb, go down to Amélie-les-Bains by the same itinerary as to go.
  11. Back to the city centre, going back rather by the avenue which bordes the Tech.
  12. At the bridge, corner of the Casino, borrow on the left the little pedestrian street (DR. Bouix) and then left on the Vallespir Avenue until the Tourist Office.

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HIKE 3. MONTALBA-ROC SAINT SAUVEUR

ROUTE : 8 km TIME : 4h00 (Return Trip)        LEVEL : hard

ALTITUDE : 1 235m DIFFERENCE IN HEIGHT : 600m

This hike leads to the majestic Saint Sauveur which guides your ascent. A herd of wild ibex lives on that part. Take your camera !!!

 

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ROUTE DETAILS

  1. Departure : From Montalba take the GR10 red & white markup in the direction of "Moli Serradou".
  2. After an half an hour walking leave the GR10 and take right in the direction of "Roc Saint Sauveur".
  3. The final part is sloping the majestic Saint Sauveur guides your ascent.
  4. Possibility of access to the summit by a narrow path to take pictures.
  5. Descent and return by the same itinerary.

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HIKE 4. MONTALBA-ROC DE FRANCE

ROUTE : 11.4 km TIME : 3h15 LEVEL : hard

ALTITUDE : 1 450m DIFFERENCE IN HEIGHT : 705m

This hike offers a view on the Mondony valley, the Roc Saint-Sauveur, the Canigó, Spain and snow well.

 

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ROUTE DETAILS

  1. Departure : The hike starts from the central reservation at the entrance o the hamlet of Montalba (at the end of the road).
  2. Climb at the right of the fountain vefore to join the GR10 at the cross level.
  3. Choose the left way arrow "Mouli Serradou / Col Cerda" (150 Cap).
  4. Keep going on the GR10 (left way path), slightly flat and arrow "Roc de Frausa" (East Cap).
  5. The trail join a track which goes on a climb at the right.
  6. At 3.15 km leave this track to go crooked on the right and flat on a way leading quickly to the steep part.
  7. At Col Cerda, keep going the ascent on the left (still on the GR10 arrow "Col du puit de neige").
  8. At the exit of a beech wood, give up the GR10 a little moment to take crooked on the right under softwood trees.
  9. Climb on south side of the ridge by a steep rocky corridor.
  10. 7.30 km: Arrival at the summit of "Roc de Frausa".
  11. Make a small loop to the right which evolves a few moment on south side.
  12. After this loop, come down to Montalba by the same itinerary.

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HIKE 5. MONTBOLO PAR LA RODELLA

ROUTE : 10.6 km TIME : 2h40 LEVEL : medium

ALTITUDE : 566m DIFFERENCE IN HEIGHT : 485m

This hike leads you to the village of Montbolo with a panoramic view on Amélie-les-Bains and the village of Palalda.

 

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ROUTE DETAILS

  1. Departure : In front of the Tourist Office go down the Vallespir avenue turn to the left on the pedestrian street (street Dr Bouix) and cross the Tech (Casino bridge).
  2. Take left on "Boulevard de la Petite Provence" and follow the route "Voie Verte".
  3. At 2.35 km leave "Voie Verte" to climb a parallel path on the right.
  4. Climb the right stairs "La Rodella".
  5. Keep going to climb the gentle slope (on the left) and, 40 m further, take right, this time. (Arrow "Montbolo").
  6. Join the village by the road.
  7. Go down at the right in the direction of the church (Impasse des Albères).
  8. In the center of Montbolo, start the descent of the GRP arrow "Palalda".
  9. Cross the road, then turn to the left at the level of a fork 80 m further (Arrow "Palalda").
  10. For the second time cross the road, then 100 m further walk along the clinic "Al Sola".
  11. At Palalda follow the indication "Mairie, Eglise", then at the bottom of a very steep slope, the General de Gaulle street.
  12. Get down on the little streets of Palalda to arrive on "Quai du Tech".
  13. Finish the hike walking along the banks of the Tech on your right.

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HIKE 6. AMÉLIE - MONTALBA

ROUTE : 10 km TIME : 4h00 LEVEL : medium

ALTITUDE : 543m DIFFERENCE IN HEIGHT: 440m

This hike leads you to the village of Montalba. It offers a view on the Mondony valley and the Roc Saint-Sauveur.

 

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ROUTE DETAILS

  1. Departure : In front of the Tourist Office go down the Vallespir avenue and keep going until the end of the General de Gaulle avenue.
  2. At the parking office, take the climb "Chemin du Pastou" and take the to the right.
  3. The path runs along the great wall of the former hospital of the armies.
  4. The trail is deep. The markup is yellow. However a blue markup is visible throughout the ascent to Montalba corresponding to the mountain race "Vallespir Skyrace" which borrows the same itinerary.

  5. Arrival at the little col the path is share in three.

  6. Keep going 10 meters further, possibility to go until the flag and enjoy of a magnificent panoramic view. (for that, keep going on 50m on the right. At the little fork, keep going on 200m until the flag. Beware! At the flag, come back on your steps until the intersection and take to the right to continue the hike in the direction of Montalba).

  7. The path keep going on a mountain side on few kilometers and leads to a bend (asphalt road).

  8. Go down 300 m on the road until the Riubanys bridge. (On summer hikers can take a bath under this bridge).

  9. Take the trail on the left before the bridge in the direction of Montalba and its church.

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

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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 the countries of the European Union. The 112 is usable from fixed phone posts, mobile phone and voice operators on IP such as ADSL online telephony. 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
 
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) in case of need.
• Take a first aid kit.
• Respect Nature, never make fire and avoid smoking.
• Do not pick plants or flowers.
• Wild camping forbidden
• Some circuits may present risks, or some constraints due to the weather.
 
The informations on this site are given as an indicative informations, the Tourist Office declines any responsibility in case of accident.