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2019

PATHS TO FREEDOM

ENCHEMIN leads you across the French-Spanish

border where thousands of people from both

sides tried to escape war, persecution and

repression between 1939 and 1945.



* FLIGHT of WALTER BENJAMIN

Starting from Banyuls, your trail ascends to a border

pass crossed by the Jewish philosopher to reach the

village of Portbou on the Spanish side of the Albera ridge.


British and American soldiers followed the same route

during World War II in an attempt to reach Spain.


* RETREAT of SPANISH REPUBLICANS /"CAMI de la RETIRADA"

During the Winter of 1939 the defeated Republicans were chased

by Franco. Most crossed the Pyrenean border at Col d'Ares

(altitude 1500 m) to take refuge in France.


We lead you from the small village of Mollo, on the Spanish side,

to the town of Prats de Mollo on the other side of the border.

PROGRAMME


* CASTELLO d'EMPURIES

Visit of the old medieval centre: Catalan architecture, Romanesque/gothic cathedral and medieval arched bridge.

Gastronomic evening meal in Castello


* BIRDWATCHING in NATURAL PARC

AM: the Marshland Parc protects the deltas of 2 rivers, Fluvia and Muga.

The most emblematic animals are the resident and migratory birds: ducks, herons, cormorants as well as cranes, flamingos, sandpipers and storks.

Fish and shellfish lunch in Roses

PM: visit of the fortified “Ciutadella”

of Roses + optional detour to discover

a prehistoric site


* EMPURIES, greco-roman site

AM: guided visit of the outstanding ruins: layout of houses and stores, mosaics, spas, the forum and the walls plus the Archeological Museum.

Lunch at a gastronomic restaurant in the medieval village of Sant Marti

PM: visit of the Anchovy museum retracing the life of fishermen in the port

of L’Escala.


* PERALADA: sport, wine tasting, visits & spa

Option 1: cycling to the nearby village

of Vilabertran + visit of the monastery

Option 2: pitch & putt on the golf course of Peralada

Gastronomic lunch at restaurant close to golf course

“Wine & Spa” afternoon: visit of the wine cellar + tasting + museum + spas

Week-ends & short tours


2 to 4 days / Guided

 LAND of VOLCANOES

La Garrotxa Natural Volcanic Parc


Centered around the town of Olot, the area is

the best example of volcanic terrain in Spain.


The combination of reliefs, soils and climate

gives a highly varied and exuberant vegetation:

evergreen holm and cork oak trees, dense forests

of beech trees, all of exceptional scenic value.


Out of 40 volcanoes, we explore the popular Croscat, we cross the beautiful protected forest "Fajeda d'en Jorda" and walk into the volcanic cone of Santa Margarida!


Other sites of great interest are the Volcanoes Museum, the village of Castellfollit

de la Roca built on high basalt cliffs and the medieval town of Santa Pau, ideal setting for our comfortable accommodation.

CULTURE & LEISURE



Walks, heritage & gastronomy

MARSHLAND NATURE RESERVE

Treasures of the bay of Roses


The tour, set just across the French-Spanish border, perfectly mixes gentle walks, cultural excursions and unexpected detours.


You discover highlights from Antiquity to the Middle Ages, Baroque and modern times. Natural sites provide many opportunities for birdwatching,

flora observation or just enjoy the idyllic scenery.


Gastronomic meals combining products from sea and countryside

ideally complete the tour, an exclusive ENCHEMIN creation.

ENCHEMIN is not a travel company

but our contract guarantees reservation of all services


The only service we do not book is your journey to Catalonia

  

5 days/4 nights

Privilege guided tour