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Overview

When I first looked at the map of the area between Catalunya and France, I assumed that the relatively barren mountainous landscape would mean that there wouldn’t be a lot of heritage places.  I planned to combine the towns of Cerbere (just over the border in France, and Portbou so that the first post wouldn’t be too small.  Well, I was wrong.  Wrong wrongity wrong.  The Pyrenees are a virtual rock garden of prehistoric dolmens (rock slab burial chamber), menhirs (standing slab monument) and inscribed stones (inscultures), as well as the more modern hermitages, castells, churches, mas and pobles.

The Catala are a hiking people.  They are proud of their muntanyas.  Therefore, there are several resources for trails and access.  Wikiloc is a great place to start.  Also, each community or poble has it’s own website and most of them have listings of rutas and links to other hiking/walking sites.

There is some conflicting information about the location of certain dolmens.  I tried to cross reference between photos on Panoramio, positions from Megalithic.co.uk, and a Lat/Long calculator and Wikipedia, GenCat, ICC Vissir3, etc.  By listing them and adding on the informational websites, I hope to clarify the suspect locations as quickly as possible.  If a person who has more information than I do comes along and identifies an error, a correction would be greatly appreciated.

Catalan translation of the day  –

  • barraca  – stone hut
  • coll  – hill (neck, literally)
  • cova – cave
  • fitxa  – fixed
  • font  – fountain, water source
  • mas  – farm
  • muntanya  – you guessed it!  mountain
  • pedra  – stone, rock
  • pic  – peak
  • poblat  –  town
  • puig  – large hill/mount
  • ruta  –  route
  • tour  – tower

Links:

Maps of walking tours:

Cerbere, France, and surrounding area:

  • Menhir de Sant Salvador –   42.441796N 3.135239E
  • Pedra Dreta  –   42.443000N 3.135000.E
  • Pedra Ficta (Peyrefita) – close to 42.456000N  3.164000E
  • Dolmen de Mas Rimbaut  – 42.514824N  3.124055E
  • Dolmen de l’Arqueta  –  42.515000N  3.123000E
  • Dolmen de Gratallops  –  42.45778N, 3.13639E
  • Dolmen du Col de Mollo  – 42.502900N  3.079100E
  • Dolmen de la Col de la Creu  – 42.458361N 3.136417E
  • Dolmen de Coma de Estapera –   42.451676N  3.143839E
  • Dolmen de Col de les Portes –  42.440981N 3.122435E
  • Dolmen de Col de Brau  – 42.460599N  3.054761E
  • Dolmen de Cova de l’Alarb  -42.525528N  3.034472E (these two are close together on the trail behind Chateau Valmy)
  • Dolmen de Collets de Collioure  – 42.525000N  3.032000E
  • Dolmen de Mas du Rimbau  – 42.504287N  3.057358E
  • Dolmen de Balma del Moro  – 42.508133N  2.939132E
  • Tour Madeloc – 42.490596N  3.074777E
  • Tour de la Macana  – 42.4980300N  3.0263700E
  • Torre de Castell de Querroig  – 42.438152N  3.120840E
    querroig
    Castell de Querroig
  • Fort de Collioure  – 42.513677N  3.086085E
  • Cova de la Tortuga  –  la Sorede can’t find a good lat/long (HELP!)
  • Chateau de Collioure (Cotlioure) – 42.525630N  3.084669E
  • Chateau de Valmy  – 42.530820N  3.028922E
  • Chateau de Taxo d’Avall  – 42.568293N  3.004593E
  • Castell de la Roca  – 42.520960N  2.932926E
  • Castell d’Ultrera  – 42.514828N 2.978548E
  • Chateau de Laroque des Alberes  – 42.521206N 2.933264E
  • Chateau de Calce  – 42.759341N  2.754081E
  • Chateau de Canet  – 42.706813N  3.008881E
  • Chateau de Caladroy  – 42.722839N  2.644165E
  • Tour de Chateau de Pujol  – 42.557174N  3.026755E
  • Fort St Elme  – 42.518644N  3.093810E
  • Villefranche de Conflent  – 42.587098N  2.367640E significant riverside walled city
  • Mont Louis  – 42.508000N  2.122000E – walled city
  • Prats de Mollo  – 42.403000N 2.478000E – walled city
  • Roman Aqueduct  – Ansignan  – 42.764812N  2.514549E

Portbou

Portbou is the first town over the border in the comarca of Alt Emporda, which is in the province of Girona.  Portbou has a yearly festa, the Festa Major, the last week of July.  There is also a festa for the Aplecs Sardanistes (traditional dance gathering) and an art fair, Fira d’Artesania,  in August, along with a food festival, as well as the Havaneres, which includes music and fireworks.  and food and booze.

  • Cova de Bou Mari  – 42.431312N  3.170156E
  • Cova de les Fresses  – 42.432785N  3.170382E
  • Cova del Cap Falco  – 42.433890N  3.173236E
  • Cova Foradada  – 42.435064N  3.174266E
  • Cova dels Pescador  – 42.436907N  3.171868E
  • Cova d’en Xamuixa  – 42.422627N 3.169212E
  • Dolmen de Coll de la Farella I & II  – 42.432894N 3.140070E
  • Cista de Coll de la Farella  – 42.434601N  3.134767E
  • Barraca  – 42.429554N  3.103670E
  • Dolmen del Puig de l’Aliga  I & II – 42.430449N 3.127300E
  • Dolmen del Pla del Ras  – 42.431530N  3.108098E
  • Font de Taravaus  – 42.428050N  3.105977E
  • Pedra Dreta de Font de Taravaus  – 42.427337N  3.109710E
  • Dolmen Font del Genibro  -42.425480N   3.121330E

There are several other barracas and possible dolmen in the vicinity of the Pla del Ras and Coll de la Farella.   Consult the detailed archaeological survey conducted during the planning phase of  the wind farm:

calaix.gencat.cat/bitstream/handle/10687/10897/qmem6107.pdf?sequence=2

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