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Battle of Boulou

Hikes & walks in Le Boulou

Battle of Boulou - Hikes & walks in Le Boulou
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During this walk, you will follow in the footsteps of the Battle of Boulou (1793-94), but you will also discover the beauty of the landscape and the treasures of the local plant life. This battle is celebrated and is written on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, but largely ignored by the general public. Information boards and an orientation table will allow you to relive the fighting, in 1793 and then in 1794, between the troops of French royalists and Spanish royalists. A detailed sheet about the walk is available from Boulou Tourist Office.

Description sheet

DepartmentPyrénées-Orientales
Departure municipalityLe Boulou
Outing typeHike
DifficultyEasy
Duration1h50
Recommended periodfrom january to december
EnvironmentCountryside
Kilometres8 km
Altitude upon departure89m

Access

From the car park opposite the town hall and in front of the media library, take Boulevard du Pic Neoulous on the left, then Rue du Mas Descals to the bridge under the A9 motorway. Turn right and take the small road on the left that passes over the D900, and continue to a small bridge. Park after this bridge.

Itinerary

0 mins: take the shaded DFCI n°A30 trail along the Valmanya river.

10 mins: turn right on to the path that climbs through the garrigue.

30 mins: turn left on to the trail which leads to the "Pla del Rey" plateau.

32 mins: at the crossroads between several trails, continue along the one on the right to the orientation table. This indicates the positions and the movements of the regiments (magnificent 360° view).

36 mins: return to the crossroads between several trails: take the second on the right and follow it for about 300 m.

40 mins: turn right on to a short side path and then turn left on to the DFCI n° A31 trail.

50 mins: the trail leaves the upper section of the plateau and descends into a small valley and then climbs up towards St Luke Chapel.

1:05 mins: take the small tarmac road on the left to a crossroads.

1:15 mins: descend on the left towards Mas des Pins and Mas d'en Bosch.

1:40 mins: junction with the path taken on the way up to Pla del Rey, continue along the trail.

1:50 mins: arrival.

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