Banyuls sur mer
The GR10, is a hiking trail that connects the Mediterranean to the Atlantic across the Pyrenees. Departing from Banyuls sur Mer, through vineyards and forests of cork oaks, it quickly mounts to "Sailfort" peak. On the track you'll arrive at the "Col de Llagastère" where you'll find a viewpoint indicator next to old cellars, transformed into an inhabited house. A little further away, stop at the "Fontaine des Chasseurs" (Fountain of Hunters) in the shade of a beautiful chestnut grove; then after the "Col des Gascons", on the trail, you'll pass near ancient cellars in ruins.
From the "Col de Baillaury", you will follow a section that joins the "sentier du chemin de l'eau" going down to Port-Vendres.
The GR10 then mounts until "Sailfort" peak (981 meters) where a breathtaking vieuw at 360° rewards your efforts. The GR10 then continues its track along the beautiful forests of the "Couloumates" and the "Tagnarède" towards the "Pic Néoulous" (Massif of the Alberes with a climax at 1.256 m height) and from there on, direction "Le Perthus".
* IGN 1/25000 Map Ref No. 2549 OT Banyuls - Côte Vermeille - Col de Perthus, free consultation at the "Maison de la Randonnée" or on sale at the local Press Shop, Rue St. Pierre, Banyuls.
"Sentier du Littoral" (Coastal Path)
From Banyuls sur Mer, the Coastal Path* allows access either to the north of Paulilles - towards the "Cap Bear" and beyond to Port-Vendres - or south towards Cerbère, heading to Spain . The last one leads you along the harbour of Banyuls via the "Maillol" alleys, the esplanade of the "Arago" laboratory and then winds along the coast in the middle of the scrubland composed of rockrose, rosemary, thyme, heather and broom. It offers magnificent views, crosses superb coves and beaches to reach the "Puig" of Cerbère at the Spanish border.
*The "Guide Littoral d'Argeles sur mer till Cerbère" is on sale at the Maison de la Randonnée" (The House of Hiking) and at the Tourist Office at a fee of 4 €.
Plan of the hikes
Various guides, topographic maps and hiking guides are available at the Tourist Office and at the House of Hiking.
Guide book "Randonnées en Côte Vermeille". Edition "Petits guides" Rando Pyrenées Roussillon (€ 5.50)
Coastal trail Guide "Sentier du littoral d'Argelès sur Mer à Cerbère" (€ 4.00)
Trail guide and map of the hinterland of Banyuls sur Mer (€ 4.00)
Guided family walks
In Banyuls sur mer (Easter holidays and summer): Every Wednesday starting at 8 am or 9 am, depending on the season (information at the Tourist Office: +33 (0) 4 68 88 31 58 or at the House of Hiking). Duration: 2h30. An accompanist from the association "Banyuls Rando" will be guiding you..
The association's activities: half-day walks every Tuesday, Thursday and 2 Saturday mornings per month (departure at 7:30 am). For day trips, 2 Sundays and one Thursday per month (departure at 7:00 am) and 1 sports trip per month.
Throughout the year, weekends and layovers also available. Hiking also open to FFRP licensees.
Discovering landscapes, heritage and the local riches of the Mediterranean Pyrenees with a Catalan guide. Explore on foot the most famous sites and the most captivating and breathtaking secrets the Vermeille Coast and the Catalan region offer you.
Hiking and biking trails
Discover the most beautiful panoramas of the Vermeille Coast, accompanied by a state patented guide. Half-day walks from April to November (groups and individuals).
Randonnées en Terre Catalane
Tel : +33 (0)9 52 51 53 51 / Mobile : +33 (0)6 11 87 85 12
Hiking for groups and individuals around the "Madeloc" Tower, the "Massane" Tower, sunrise over "Neoulous" peak, "Canigou" peak, the "Carança" gorges, etc.
Rehabilitation walks and hikes
"Club Coeur et Santé Banyuls sur mer" (Banyuls sur Mer "Heart and health Club")
Activities from mid-September to mid-June, excluding school holidays. Rehabilitation walks and hikes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (reserved for members). Smooth & easy gymnastics on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. During the year, cultural outings.