Best Short Walks: Sentier des Hauts de Taïchac

Saint-Martin-de-Fenouillet is one of those agricultural villages that is typical of my region: lost in the middle of vineyards, surrounding by a beautiful, and yet very diverse landscape: chalky cliffs, bold granite, wide heathland, sudden gorges, undulating hills and magnificent views of the holy Catalan peak, the Pic du Canigou. The kaleidoscope of landscapes is rooted in the area’s geology: here, the African shelf hits the European shelf. Sentier des Hauts de Taïchac: follow the yellow signs In front of the Auberge Taïchac, the village’s sole and only place to eat and sleep (sorry, only during the season, i.e. Easter to October, local fare and 33 beds), you will find direction and a maps…

Travelling on the „train rouge“

Some of you may have heard of the „train jaune„, which is travelling the Pyrenees to reach France’s highest railway station. Well, that’s one valley down. Here, you will find its red fellow – the „train rouge„. With closed and even open carriages, its travels across vineyards up the Agly valley, passes high bridges and dark tunnels. Connecting Rivesaltes, a winemakers‘ town close to the coast, and Axat, where the wild and young Aude river offers a gorgeous backdrop for a picknick on its banks, the train is being operated only on the summer season. For timetables and further details, check out its website at http://www.tpcf.fr. And enjoy my impressions of a great day…