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GR 10, end of March

Spring Randonnées

Spring is, beyond doubt, the most beautiful season here. Days are generally warm
and calm and the snowy peaks of Canigou and the other mountains of the Pyrenean
ranges create a magnificent backdrop to the blossoming orchards of the plains of Roussillon. Wildflowers appear in abundance and life returns to the forests that
surround us. Wild asparagus can be harvested while walking and the coastal paths
are lined with cistus, or rock roses. The scent of lavender, wild thyme and rosemary
fills the air…

Le Perthus – The Frontière

View to Spain

Sunday 15th April 2012. France and Spain. Le Perthus return circuit,
following the bornes marking the border between France and Spain.
Albera Viva randonnée transfrontalière.

Cistus and lavender, low altitude

Euphorbe des garrigues

Wild thyme in flower

The peaks of Canigou

Mas de la Comtessa, France

On the border

Borne 582, a horizontal rock

View to Requesens

Pic du Néoulous

Abri or shelter high in the hills

Forest in Spain

Borne 579 above Le Perthus

Rabós, Spain

High up in the hills

Sunday 18th March 2012. Spain. Rabós to Sant Quirze de Colera (Monastery).
Dolmens and Menhirs. Albera Viva randonnée transfrontalière.

Leaving Rabós, following the river

Catalan flag, the star symbolising independence

Rain on the horizon

Walking along the ridge

Hola

View to Les Albères

View to the bay of Roses

Sepulcre de corredor Solar d'en Gibert

Tower of Madeloc, France, on the horizon

Hillside bursting into flower

Aubépine monogyne, with large spikes

Engraved rock aligned with dolmen Comes Llobes

Dolmen de les Comes Llobes

An unusual formation, with corridor

Engraved rock aligned with St Quirze

St Quirze de Colera Monastery, under renovation

Part of a tiered megalithic rock structure

Detail of a cupule, a cup-like engraving

Details of engravings and cupules

Cap Creus, Costa Brava, Spain

View of Canigou from Cap Creus

Sunday 11th March. Port Lligat, Punta de Cap Creus, Mas Vell, Mas D’en Duran. 26km, 1000m. Randonnée Céretane. Terrain: Rocky. Dry stone walls, olive groves, wild rosemary and thyme, fennel, asparagus.

Maison de Salvador Dali, Port Lligat

Early morning light, Port Lligat

Terraces of olives by the coastal path

Ciste

Ciste – the dry hills in flower

Wildflower

Following the coast

The bay below Cap Creus lighthouse

A hidden bay

View back towards Port Lligat

Looking up as we mount the winding path

Cap Creus lighthouse (phare)

Looking towards France

Valley at the base of the lighthouse

Jagged rocks

Rock formations, Cap Creus

Canigou in sight

View north, as we head inland

The coastal road (as we follow the GR 11)

The well marked GR 11

Heading inland

A long walk to Australia

Mas, high up in the hills

Cows grazing on the peak

High above the coast

Flora

Following the walled path

The view of the coast behind

Abri, or shelter

Beginning the descent to Port Lligat

Nearing the port

Cadaqués from the car window

Puig d’Esquers, Spain

Cairn at top of peak

Cairn at top of peak

Sunday 4th March 2012. Spain. Villamaniscule, Col de Serra, Puig d’Esquers,
Puig Llop, Puig Pifel. Randonnée Céretane.

Dolmen de Puig d'Esquers

Dolmen de Puig d'Esquers

View towards Llança, Mediterranean coast

View towards Llança, Mediterranean coast

Sentier de Grande Randonnée 10, Pyrénées Orientales

GR 10 Les Albères

March 2010. Section of the GR 10, Les Albéres, Roussillon
(Catalan, Rosselló).

Le sentier de grande randonnée 10 (GR 10) traverse la chaîne
des Pyrénées d’une extrémité à l’autre, reliant la mer à l’océan
par la montagne.

GR 10, end of March

En route to the Col de l'Ouillat

Canigou on the horizon

View towards Spain

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