On holiday in Occitanie, do you want beautiful family walks in the heart of nature? We take you to discover 5 hiking trails, very easily, with all the practical information to get there, thanks to our map. (first published in 2021)
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Breathe, walk or stroll… That’s what holidays are made for, too. Occitania is full of short walks through the forest, by the sea or in the mountains, where it is good to follow, for an hour or two. Here are five easy-to-discover trails that don’t require you to keep your eyes glued to the ground. A pair of sneakers, a bit of water, a cap or a windbreaker, and you’re good to go.
Find the 5 easy walks on the map and find practical information by clicking on the green hiking chips:
Canal de Bohère in the Pyrénées-Orientales
The most difficult thing is undoubtedly to find the starting point for the walk. For this, go to the heights of the small village of Codalet a few kilometers from Prades in the Pyrénées-Orientales (the exact access is indicated on the map above). Once there, it is possible to park a hundred meters below in a small car park, all that remains is to stroll along the canal to the monastery of Saint-Michel de Cuxa. The Bohère Canal takes its waters from Serdinya and runs along the heights of Prade for a few kilometers. Built in the 19th century, it is still used for irrigation of agricultural land. Markup is white and yellow. The tour called the Cuxa Abbey tour lasts 2h30 for a vertical drop of 165m and a distance of 7km.
Vallon du Salut in Bagnères-de-Bigorre in Hautes-Pyrénées
This is a very easy walk from the town of Bagnères-de-Bigorre. The Vallon du Salut is known by the Bagnèrais because in the 18th century it was one of the places where the population of the city went. Locals, spa goers, tourists of all ages run, walk, chat together… Steeped in history, this place has been a protected site since December 2007.
You walk along the stream sheltered by the forest for 1.8 km back and forth. 45 minutes are necessary while walking quietly.
The coastal path between Argelés-sur-mer and Cerbère in the Pyrénées-Orientales
This is the trip to take to discover the rocky coast of the Mediterranean. 32 km of track between the towns of Argelès-sur-mer and Cerbère, which can be reached at many stops along the route.
The coastal path meanders between Racou beach and Cerbère not far from the Spanish border. It passes Collioure, Port Vendres, Cap Béar, Paulilles bay (one of the most beautiful beaches on the Vermeille coast). The transparent water invites you to swim in the small streams. The route continues to Banyuls-sur-Mer in the art center where many artists have been inspired. Along the way, you pass many capes (Cap Béar, Cap Abeille, Cap Rédéris, Cap Peyrefite and Cap Canadell) up to the Cerbère-Banyuls marine nature reserve. Finally, the Spanish border, Cerbère and its solar lighthouse are close by.
Cregol’s karst path in Lot
This walk is especially interesting for those who are curious about geology. The path takes you to the Cregols resurgence along the water, which goes from the surface to an underground path in the Causses du Quercy Regional Natural Park. At the Causse de Limogne on the south bank of the Lot, water seeps into limestone cracks and feeds an underground river that is still largely unknown. The waters join the Lot at the resurgence of the Crégols. Groundwater, captured with the help of divers, supplies around twenty neighboring villages with drinking water. Above the town of Crégols, the trail presents the main aspects of a karst landscape by focusing on the issue of groundwater, its use and its management by people. Follow the yellow markings for 6 kilometers. Allow about 2 to 3 hours depending on your pace.
The path along the river at Sainte-Enimie in Tarn
The path along the river is a short walk along the Tarn, in the shade of tall beech trees, where beavers sometimes even attack large trees. We then gain some altitude before enjoying another view of the village of Sainte-Enimie. Count 4 km distance and a two-hour walk. A remarkable route in warm weather because you can access the river to soak in it. The tour is accessible to as many as possible. The yellow markings throughout the trip are clearly visible.