Our B&B lies on the "Sentier de Piemont", one of many old pilgrims' routes through the Pyrenees.
oule d'Amont is also close to the intersection of the GR10 and the GR36. Starting at 'Le Troubadour', you can follow any of 5 different routes for day hikes that will take you to destinations including the beautiful Romanesque priory of Serrabonne, the sublime vantage point of Roc Rouge or the secluded mountain village of Glorianes.
The adventurous may also consider a jeep ride or overnight hike to Mt. Canigou (2.750 m).
For medium-sized and large groups, we provide a guide service for day hikes.
In addition, we have also documented a number of these hikes, complete with maps. The routes to be followed are described in detail and easy to follow.
Cycling and training routes starting from 'Le Troubadour'
"Le Troubadour" is the perfect starting point for cyclists. The trips in the surroundings vary widely in terms of landscape and degree of difficulty, and include a number of challenging "cols". The climate in the area is Mediterranean, without the thunderstorms and hail
one encounters in the Midi-Pyrénées; few cars, stunning natural surroundings with views out over the coastal plain of the Roussillon, on clear days as far as the Mediterranean itself.
We offer information and directions for 5 different cycling routes, starting from 'Le Troubadour'. These routes follow the "D-roads" (asphalt with little traffic). The descriptions of the day trips have been assembled in close contact with cycling groups who have stayed and trained with us in the past.
The climb and the descent...
You'll find yourself following routes that lead through rugged gorges and past ridges of sheer granite, where the hawks and eagles soar high above. During the climb and the descent you can revel in magnificent panormas that more than compensate for all the effort spent. A day-ride to the Mediterranean and back, following quite asphalt by-ways, is also an option. The descent from Boule d'Amont offers beautiful views, with the blue sea popping in and out of sight in the distance.
You can also choose for relatively flat rides across the plains of the Roussillon, down quiet roads and past rolling vineyards where the weary cyclist can pause for a bit and sample the local wares!
And after completing your ride you can relax in the garden at poolside, and take a dip to soothe the tired
muscles. Our kitchen is fully acquainted with the cyclist's needs and provides healthy, tasty and plentiful food for the long-distance athlete.
You can also have your cycling gear washed between runs, and there are safe accommodations for your bike.
For individual guests, familes and groups interested in canyoning, rafting, parapenting, rock climbing, etc., we have contacts with local guide services and can arrange outings for you around the region. For equestrians, we can make reservations at a local stable for morning, afternoon or all-day excursions on horseback.
Hiking Weeks in the Pyrenées-Orientales:
where the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean meet...
Location: Boule d'Amont, a small mountain village 35 km. from Perpignan and the Mediterranean.
Participants should be in reasonably good physical shape. Experience with hiking in the mountains is not required.
The differences in altitude covered in the course of day hike may vary between 400 - 1000 meters.
Wednesday is a non-hiking day. You can go to the beach, spend the day in Spain, visit the Dali Museum, taste wine in the surroundings, visit Romanesque churches and abbeys, etc.
The hikes on the other days will leave directly from 'Le Troubadour', either with a guide or with a map and an excellent set of directions. The hiking routes can be adapted to meet the group's wishes.
In some cases, you may also be brought by car to the starting point of your day hike.
The routes are extremely varied and take you through unspoiled, mountainous countryside.
After the hike you can relax in the garden and cool off in our swimming pool, in the evening you can join us for a delicious meal in 'Le Troubadour'.
You will stay in 'Le Troubadour' in a 2-person room, or in a self-catering 2-person or 4-person gite/apartment.
The village of Boule d'Amont is located 425 meters above sea level along a fast-moving river, in fairly rugged mountain country. Close to 'Le Troubadour' is large, sunny garden with a glorious view and a swimming pool. The highest mountain in the surroundings, Mont Canigou, is 2,784 meters high. The possibilities for hiking are extremely diverse, and the surroundings are remarkably quiet even during the summer season.
Includes 2 day hikes with guide, drop-off and pick-up at starting point, use of maps and directions.
Costs: 7 nights on the basis of a 2-person room and 7 x breakfast……….. 197,50 Euros per person
7 nights in rustic Catalan gite on the basis of 2 persons…………starting at 207,50 Euros per person
By email; firstname.lastname@example.org or call + 00 33 (0)9 65215295 (FR). Be sure to register on time! Participants who would like to travel together can then make mutual arrangements.
The minimum number of participants is 6.
Example of a hiking week:
Day 1: Day hike to the Romanesque chapel of La Trinite, climb to 780 meters, the ruins of a mediaeval fortress. From here we have views of the Mediterranean to the west, the Cathar stronghold of Queribus to the north. At the Col de Fourtou we cross the top of the valley and descend on the other side, with views of Mont Canigou.
Day 2: Hike with guide, day hike (approx. 7 hrs.) through stands of chestnut to the 12th-century Prieuré de Serrabonne and then a serious climb to Roc Rouge (1.080 m) and the old icehouse, past a Neolithic altar and mediaeval iron mines, along the ridge to the Col des Arcs and back to Boule d'Amont.
Day 3: Day's rest. You can go to the beach, spend the day in Spain, visit the Dali Museum, taste wine in the surroundings, visit Romanesque churches and abbeys, etc.
Day 4: Individual hikes with maps and directions over excellent paths in the surroundings, past Mas Arsus and Mas Taillet to La Bastide (750m). Back along the River Boules, crossing at the dam.
Day 5: Hike with guide (approx. 7 hrs.) from the Col de Palomere to the Ras del Prat Cabrera (1,700 m), along the Balcon du Canigou to the forestry hut at Estanyols and the former Résistance hideout at Pineuse.
Day 6: The hike of your choice, starting in Boule d'Amont, or a drive-and-climb to 2 Cathar fortresses: Queribus and Peyrepertuse.
Sam Garrett & Liedeke van Leeuwen
Placa Sant Sadurni, 66130 Boule d'Amont, Pyrenees-Orientales, France
GPS: 42.57950, 2.61362
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