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  • Pyrénées 

GR 10 : From Canigou to the sea - From Vernet-les-Bains to Banyuls/Mer

Self-guided circuit

From
560€/person

Presentation of your trip

The last part of the GR10, but not the least ! A beautiful journey into the mountains to discover the medieval town of Villefranche de Conflent and the famous Abbaye de Saint Martin du Canigou. From the Massif du Canigou, legendary summit of the Catalan Pyrénées, we cross over the Vallespir mountains before being lifted by the ridges of the Albères to the ‘big blue’.

Between land and sea, we follow the 14th century signalling towers along the French-Spanish border to the beaches of Banyuls. 
 

  • DestinationPyrénées
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip7 days and 6 nights
  • ActivitiesHiking
  • Physical level

Possible periods for this trip

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • March
  • Apr.
  • May
  • June
  • Jul.
  • August
  • Sep.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.
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Trip details

Highlights

  • The mountains to the sea: rich and varied landscapes.
  • Light which has captured the imagination of countless famous painters
  • The scents of the Mediterranean: the garrigue, vineyards and the sea air
  • True mountain stages.

Complementary informations

  • 7 days 6 nights with 7 days of hiking

Program

  • Day 1

    Villefranche de Conflent

    • Distance : 2 km
    • Duration : 0h45
    • Elevation gain : 200 m
    • Type of accommodation : Shelter

    Welcome and meeting at 4pm at Villefranche de Conflent train station for a transfer to the Col de Jou before a short hike to the Mariailles Refuge. Before meeting, you have the option to visit the 11th century medieval town and abbey of St Martin du Canigou.

    Night in a mountain refuge (you will not have your luggage for this night).
     

  • Day 2

    From Mariailles Refuge to Cortalets Refuge

    • Distance : 17.5 km
    • Duration : 6h
    • Elevation gain : 980 m
    • Negative gradient : 690 m
    • Type of accommodation : Shelter

    Following the GR10 you pass by the famous Mont Canigou via the Ségalès mountain pass, a superb ‘balcony’ route in the mediterranean mountains. 17.5km -6h- Altitude Difference : +980m -690m. Night in a mountain refuge (you will not have your luggage for this night).
     

  • Day 3

    The summit of Canigou and/or the Cortalets Refuge to Batère

    • Distance : 16 km
    • Duration : 4h30
    • Elevation gain : 290 m
    • Negative gradient : 1010 m
    • Type of accommodation : Stopover gite

    Today there are 2 options to take you directly to Batère :

    16km -4h30- Altitude Difference : +290m -1010m 

    From the Canigou balcony path, enjoy a stunning panorama stretching from the Roussillon to the Mediterranean via the Corbières and the Black Mountains. Discover the old Batère and Pinosa iron mines, a story of men and iron…night in a gite.

    Or, from the refuge, you can climb the Canigou:

    There and back +7.5km 2h30  Altitude Difference : +560m -560m 
     

  • Day 4

    From Batère to La Fargassa

    • Distance : 20 km
    • Duration : 6h45
    • Elevation gain : 980 m
    • Negative gradient : 1190 m
    • Type of accommodation : Stopover gite

    Descend into the charming Roman town of Arles-sur-Tech, a beautiful meeting of diverse vegetation, from the alpine to the mediterranean. Night in a gite, in a dormitory.

  • Day 5

    From La Fargassa to Las Illas

    • Distance : 21 km
    • Duration : 6h
    • Elevation gain : 980 m
    • Negative gradient : 1190 m
    • Type of accommodation : Stopover gite

    Big Pyrénéen stage where, from the Roc de France, the panorama opens up over the Spanish plains of Girona. The GR10 links the mountain passes of Puits de la Neige and Cirères, before diving in the direction of the charming village of Las Illas.

    Night in a gite, in a dormitory.
     

  • Day 6

    From Las Illas to the Ouillat mountain pass

    • Distance : 23 km
    • Duration : 7h
    • Elevation gain : 1070 m
    • Negative gradient : 730 m
    • Type of accommodation : Stopover gite

    A change of atmosphere here as the Mediterranean is coming! The GR10 trail approaches the Albères, the last Pyrénéen massif before reaching the sea, next to the Franco-Spanish border. The twists and turns of the Perthus Pass will soon be forgotten as you rejoin the mountains. 
    Night in a gite.
     

  • Day 7

    The Ouillat mountain pass to Banyuls

    • Distance : 22 km
    • Duration : 6h45
    • Elevation gain : 620 m
    • Negative gradient : 1420 m

    Final stage of the GR10, a dive into the Mediterranean and a stage submersed in the aromas of thyme, lavender and rosemary. This stage takes you along the high Albères ridges, the Pic Neulos, the Pic des Quatre-Termes and the Pic de Sailfort. From the Tour Madeloc, you start your descent into Banyuls, weaving through vineyards bathed in beautiful light.

    End of trip.
     

  • End of trip

Travel conditions

  • Key information and support

    Self-guided formula :

    You can go on your own, as a couple, with your family or with friends. We'll look after your accommodation, meals, luggage transfer and group.
    You have a good experience of hiking. From one stage to the next, you follow the maps and detailed digital roadbook that we have carefully prepared for you.
    Going on your own means hiking lightly, at your own pace, and taking full advantage of the pleasures of nature without worrying about the logistics of your stay. It also means being free to interpret and imagine what the landscapes have to say.

  • Attendees

    From 2 people.

  • Formalities

    • A valid official ID.
    • We recommend travel insurance with repatriation included. 
       
  • Options

    Contact us directly about the following options:

    • Accommodation for the night before departure or at the end of the trip
    • Return on private minibus (contact us)
    • Rental of a GPS device with saved tracks
       

     

  • Food

    Your trip might not be the best time to diet, as it's an occasion to taste the local cooking. We place great importance to the quality of the food we provide : well-balanced and nutritious, providing lots of energy with the specialties of the region incorporated into each meal.

    Picnics (lunch) are not included.
     

  • Accommodation

    4 nights in a gite; 2 nights in a mountain refuge on a half-board basis.

    Gites and refuges : Selected specifically for their warm welcome and friendly atmosphere. More often than not, you will share a dormitory of 4-6 beds. Sheets and towels are not provided.

    HALF-BOARD (dinner, night stay and breakfast included)
     

  • Luggage

    As far as possible, please do not exceed one large bag per person: sports bag of around 55L. These bags will be transported to your accommodation by vehicle. We will provide you with address tags to attach to your luggage. 
     

  • Difficulty level

    DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 2/5

    4 to 6.5 hours of hiking per day. Technical Difficulties: 1070m maximum positive altitude. 
    You are in good physical condition and you are prepared to hike for several days. You have a good experience of hiking. From one stage to the next, you follow the maps and detailed digital roadbook that we have carefully prepared for you.
     

  • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

    You are advised to start your circuit on Sunday.

    Free departure for those on a self-guided hike and for organised groups.
    How to get there:
    By car : Motorway towards Spain  : at Perpignan, take the N116 towards Andorre.
    By train : Villefranche de Conflent SNCF train station
    by plane : Perpignan Airport then shuttle bus to Villefranche de Conflent SNCF train station

    Return : It is advisable for you to take a train and/or bus back to the departure point. If you plan to arrive by car, it may be more comfortable to drop you car off at the point of arrival (Banyuls-sur-Mer).

     

Dates and price

Information

Free departure dates: you choose your own departure dates according to your availability.
For groups, we adapt the level, duration, price and program on request.

Free departure from

Price TTC per person

Freedom package with luggage transport by cab
Registration at 2 people740
Registration at 3 people650
Registration at 4 people595
Registration at 6 people560

The price includes

  • Half-board accommodation
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Group transfer indicated in the programme above
  • Detailled digital roadbook
     

The price does not include

  • Drinks
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Picnics
  • Accommodation for the night before departure
  • Visit to monuments
     

The destination

  • Pyrénées

    The Pyrenees! To summarize their beauty and diversity in a few lines would be vain ... From the green mountains of the Basque Country, to the wild lands of Ariège to the Catalan mountains with the scent of the Mediterranean, the Pyrenees are an invitation to travel.

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