Pyrénées-Orientales – heading east

From Beaucens we headed east to Prades in the Pyrénées-Orientales and Catalan area of France.  Intentionally we took a very minor road in the end which was very narrow, with very big bends in.  We met a “traffic jam”!

From the window of our apartment we could could see one of the larger peaks in the area – Canigou.  The picture above shows it quite well.  Sadly we didn’t have enough time to get far up it but it is very big.  We also had hoped to go on the “Train Jaune” however sadly it stopped running the day after we arrived there.

A short way down the valley from Prades was Ille-sur-Têt.  The Orgues resulting from the erosion of the rocks over thousands of years was a truly remarkable site.

Both the site itself and the area was very interesting and we spent some time there.

We decided to visit the Mediterranean coast on one of our days there and headed for St Cyprien and the beach.  En route we passed through many areas of vineyards and the misty light on the vines was lovely.

By the time we got to the beach the mist was rolling away a little.  I guess in July and August this beach would be packed but on a warm mid September day it made a very pleasant place for a stroll and a coffee.

Later on we went to Étang de Canet-Saint-Nazaire.  This is a bird reserve with pink flamingos on (& we saw an osprey on passage) and is also used for fishing at times of year when the bird life will not be disturbed.  The area as a whole was certainly appealing at this time of year.  Sadly I injured my ankle while we were at Prades which curtailed my walking for quite a while and to some degree for the rest of the holiday.