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Les Balcons Sud Canigó is the promise of warm and authentic encounters along rural paths linking villages and people.

Vallespir – Catalunya, Cross-border territories

Welcome to upper Vallespir, the southernmost territory of mainland France and with a rich historical past.

Sur le GR10® entre Amélie-les-Bains et Reynès

We often think that the mountains were insurmountable borders between the villages, but paths often crossed these rock formations and thus united the inhabitants, on both sides. Through these itineraries, we want to re-establish the bond of brotherhood that has always brought the inhabitants, the Catalans, together.

Discover Upper Vallespir, a cross-border Catalan territory, through our heritage enhancement and outdoor activity map. This precious resource will guide you along pedestrian, mountain bike and cycle tourist routes, linking the villages to each other and crossing the two slopes of this magnificent cross-border massif, offering breathtaking panoramas between sea and mountains, veritable balconies on the Canigó accessible to all.

Immerse yourself in the history and cultural richness of this region, and appreciate the ancient skills preserved in craft and agricultural practices. These itineraries will allow you to explore the diversity of natural and rural environments, while immersing yourself in the true art of living in Catalan villages.

All practical, tourist and cultural information, heritage enhancement and outdoor activities.

the Tourist Office Vallespir Canigo

All practical, tourist and cultural information
22 Av. du Vallespir, 66110 Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda
+33 (0)4 68 39 01 98

Center Sud Canigó – Sports and nature

Home – Center Sud Canigó Sports and Full Nature (

Cross-border Country of Art and History The Catalan Valleys

Architecture and Heritage Interpretation Centers (CIAP)*

  • La Verneda (head office) / la Verneda (seu central del PAHT) in Prats-de-Mollo
  • Fort Lagarde / Fort La Guàrdia in Prats-de-Mollo
  • El Casal de Palalda / El Casal de Palaldà in Amélie-les-Bains
  • El Palau of the abbey / El Palau of the abadia in Arles-sur-Tech
  • Heritage House / Casa del patrimoni in Saint-Laurent-de-Cerdans
  • Cal Marques in Camprodon

Activities and guided tours in all municipalities

“Little Heritage Detective” activity (games) in several municipalities
Information and reservations – 04 68 83 99 49 – 06 77 58 03 49

*A CIAP is a local cultural establishment whose objectives are to raise awareness, inform and train all audiences in the architecture and heritage of the territory of the Country of Art and History.

Internet links for all “Balconies Sud Canigó” itineraries


GR and cross-border

GR 11 : GR11: Pyrenees Trail | Visit Pirineus
TSO 83 : GR-T83-en-Conflent-Canigo—Web.pdf (
GR 151 El Cami Oliba (Prats de Mollo / Coll de les Basses Fabert – Comprodon): El Camí Oliba – Montserrat – Pirineus (
Costabona Tower (Espinavell – Pic de Costabona – Refuge de les Conques):
GR 11.6 Exile Cami (La Preste – Coll Pregon – Espinavell): z-retirada EN (
Cami de la Retrada – Prats de Mollo la Preste 
Southernmost loop of mainland France – Lamanère :  
Camins del Contraban (Lamanère – Oix loop): Lamanère to Oix – Lamanère – Official website of the Commune ( 
Camí de la Retirada – Saint-Laurent-de-Cerdans: PR-8-Cami-de-la-Retirada.pdf (
Rock of Fraussa : Hike n°8: From Montalba to Roc de Frausa – Amélie les Bains – Palalda (tourist office website) - +33 (0) 4 68 39 01 98
From Castell to Castell – From castle to castle (Reynès to Maçanet de Cabrenys) :
GR 10 ( – The great crossing of the Pyrenees)
GR P Round of Canigó (Round of Canigó GR®P – Pyrénées-Orientales The Department (
Southern Catalan Network :Itinerànnia – Network of paths in Ripollès, Garrotxa and Alt Empordà (

All the PRs of the Balcons Sud Canigó territories

All the PRs referenced in Haut Vallespir: Hikes – Vallespir Canigó Tourist Office
The PRs of Amélie-les-Bains: Amélie les Bains – Tourism › To do, to see › Nature & sport › Hikes and Walks (
Lamanère's PRs: Hiking Archives – Lamanère – Official Site of the Commune (
The PRs of Prats de Mollo: Hikes around Prats de Mollo la Preste | Town hall of Prats de Mollo – La Preste (town
Reynes' PRs: Tourism and heritage (
The PRs of Saint-Laurent-de-Cerdans: Sports activities – Saint Laurent de Cerdans

Moutain Biking

Cross-border mountain bike loops

The Raid of the 2 Catalonias from Arles on Tech (tourist office website)
N°7 Loop of the 2 Catalonias starting from Coll d'Ares (tourist office website)
N°17 Cross-border raid starting from Prats-de-Mollo (tourist office website)   

All the MTB loops of the Balcons Sud Canigó territories

All FFC-certified mountain bike circuits (tourist office website)
Lamanère mountain bike circuits (site of the Municipality of Lamanère)

bicycle tourism

Cross-border cycle tourism routes

Pirinexus: South Canigó (tourist office website) and Pirinexus | Lives Verdes i Pirinexus
Cyclosport N°4 “The loop of the 2 Catalonias” (South Center Canigó Sports and Full Nature)

All the cyclo-sport loops of the Balcons Sud Canigó territories

Cyclo-sport N°5 “The southernmost road in France”: (tourist office website)
Cyclosport N°9 “At the door of Haut Vallespir”:

All cyclo-sport routes in Haut Vallespir (tourist office website)

Cycle route in the Mediterranean Pyrenees Country

Equestrian Centers of Balcons Sud territories Canigó

2 equestrian centers (Amélie-les-Bains and Arles-sur-Tech): Equestrian activities – Center Sud Canigó Sports and Full Nature (

The guarded shelters of the Balcons Sud Canigó territories:

Refuge of our Lady of Coral: Refuge of Our Lady of Coral – South Canigó(tourist office website)
Mas Bouadelle: The stopover gite of the Mas de La Bouadelle (tourist office website)
Espinavell Refuge (Ripollès): Refuge Els Estudis d'Espinavel (

Public transport information (line bus):

530 —Perpignan-Arles-sur-Tech (LIO Regional Transport Site)
531 —Arles-sur-Tech-Prats-de-Mollo (LIO Regional Transport Site)
532 — Arles-sur-Tech – Saint Laurent de Cerdans – Coustouges to Maçanet de Cabrenys and Figeres (LIO regional transport site)
536 — Prats-de-Mollo – La Preste Cross-border lines to Camprodon (LIO regional transport site)
Transport on reservation 0 806 80 80 90 (free service + price of a call)

Cross-border lines to Camprodon and to Maçanet de Cabrenç

Emergency/Useful phone numbers

Emergency : 112 
Fire risk : 
weather info: 32 50