Walking tours Spanish Catalonia, Mediterranean Pyrenees, cross border passes, cultural and leisurely walks, paths to freedom, Marshland Parc, gastronomy
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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.
* 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
* 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