the Cerdagne-Font-Romeu, mountain lakes and hot springs
Nestling in the heart of the Catalan mountains, very close to Andorra and Spain, Cerdagne is all about superlatives : « Altiplano » with an unspoilt environment and privileged sunshine, unique altitude landscapes, especially in the Carlit mountains, where izards and mouflons peacefully live.
The countless lakes are the gem of the region, while, near the villages, the sulphureous hot springs have always been a source of pleasure. You will get to experience it by yourselves in Dorres, Llo, Saint Thomas or Prats-Balaguer.
We also have a surprise in store for you : natural outside baths, in the heart of the forest, with waterfalls, basins and thousand-year-old ponds built between the blocks. Here is a travelling program without any transfer by vehicle, that will have you walk through Cerdan villages of traditional architecture, including the Spanish enclave of Lliva, a historical curiosity of Cerdagne.
Regarding your evenings, we have made a selection of the most welcoming and comfortable accommodations, to make sure that your trip on Catalan Lands is a true success.
Every day from mid-May to mid-October (depending on the snow situation and availabilities).
Booking from 2 people (solo travelers : please contact us)
Price : From 15/05/2023 to 15/10/2023 :
Price per person with luggage transport in double room
Price per person without luggage transport in double room
- Extra departure during high season (July/August): 15€
- Extra single room : 120€/pers
- Extra 6 picnics : 80€/pers
- Extra night in Saillagouse half board double room : 80€/pers
- Extra night in Saillagouse half board single room : 90€/pers
- Extra night in Saillagouse half board double room July/August : 90€/pers
- Extra night in Saillagouse half board single room July/August : 100€/pers
- Half-board accommodation
- Luggage transfers depending on the option chosen
- Dossier containing maps, route notes (1 for 4 persons, given in 1st accommodation)
- GPS tracks if you ask us + access to the detailed itinerary on the Mhikes GPS mobile applicationPrice doesn't include:
- Travel insurance
- Booking fees : 15€
- Additional transfers
- Visits and access to thermal baths in Llo, St Thomas and Dorres
- Drinks and picnics
Day 1 : Beginning of the holiday in Saillagouse
Check-in at your accomodation in Saillagouse. Depending on your arrival time, you have the possibility to go for a short hike.
Short hike from Saillagouse
This loop itinerary reminds of the gatherings of herds and flocks that used to happen every year at the end of spring, when the shephers gathered the livestock to count them and take them to the highest parts of the mountains. Coming back from the mountain pastures , the transhumance season used to end with the autumn fairs. Night in a hotel with swimming pool and wellness centre. Distance : 5,5km, duration : around 2h00, ascent : +210m, descent : -210m.
Day 2 : From Saillagouse to Planès
Day 3 : Planès loop
Loop around Planès. The climb to Pla de Cédeilles, through the famous « GR10-transpyrénéen » offers a nice crossing of the Planès forest. The way down towards the Riberola valley, overlooking the surrounding landscapes, is just as beautiful as the climb. When reaching Prats-Balaguer, its Romanesque church and its castle, a beautiful surprise will await you : natural hot springs, nestling in the valley, surrounded by forests and blocks... Way back to Planès through Saint Thomas and its thermal baths (possibility to enjoy the sulphurous hot springs here as well). Night in a quality guesthouse with heated swimming pool. Distance : 16,5km, duration : around 6h30, ascent : +950m, descent : -950m.
Day 4 : From Planès to Bouillouses
The hike leads you today to
Mont-Louis, a citadel fortified by Vauban under Louis XIV rule and
listed as a UNESCO World Heritage. Further on, sometimes along the
Têt river, sometimes overlooking the the Barrès pine forest, your
itinerary leads you to the Bouillouses lakeside conservation area,
also called « the small Pyrenean Canada » with its beautiful lakes,
plateau and forests. Night in a moutain hotel (2050m) in a stunning
Distance : 19km, duration : around 6h30, ascent : +725m, descent : -240m.
Day 5 : Carlit Lakes and Carlit Peak
You will spend the day hiking on altitude paths and discovering the Carlit mountains and their various lakes. Several options : for experienced hikers, climb to the Carlit Peak (2921m) if the weather forecast permits, otherwise, hike from one lake to the other in the mountain pastures towards the Carlit, highest summit of the Catalan Pyrenees. Gorgeous viewpoints. On the path, for each altitude stage you reach, you will admire various glacial lakes, surrounded by a diverse and picturesque vegetation, full of different fragrances. Night in a moutain hotel (2050m) in a stunning setting. Distance : 11km, duration : around 3h45, ascent : +365m, descent : -365m (Carlit lakes). Distance : 15km, around 6h15, ascent : +900m, descent : -900m (Carlit lakes and Carlit Peak).
Day 6 : From Bouillouses to Angoustrine
With this transition section via the chemin des Ramades, you will leave the high mountains to reach the cerdan plateau, walking on the heights or along a glacial valley where the Angoustrine steam runs : a paradise for anglers and a gathering place for herds. Arrival in Angoustrine after a short uphill section. Night in a family-run hotel. Distance : 13km, duration : around 4h, ascent : +175m, descent : -880m.
Day 7 : From Angoustrine to Saillagouse
This program is an example of the itinerary we aim to adhere to. It may be necessary, if situations arise that are beyond our control, for the itinerary to be modified.
Day 1 at your accommodation in Saillagouse (66), depending on your arrival time.
Day 7 in Saillagouse (66) after your hike.
Regular walker, in good physical condition with experience of mountain hiking. Hiking 6h-7h per day on average, altitude difference 700m-1000m on average, on fairly easy trails, with some small technical difficulties. The walking times mentioned are given as an indication, they are average times that only take into account the duration of the actual walking without counting the break times. Depending on the weather conditions, the walking pace can also vary, ranging from +300m to +500m of climb per hour.
- 1 night in hotel*** in a room on Day 1 with heated swimming pool, sauna and wellness centre
- 1 night in hotel** in a room on Day 6
- 2 nights in a mountain hotel in a room on Day 4 and 5
- 2 nights in an eco-guesthouse in a room on Day 2 and 3 with heated swimming pool.
- Continental breakfast (tea, coffee, milk, bread, butter, jam)
- Evening meals are often based on catalan specialites and include a starter, a main course and a dessert.
- Picnics are not included. Possibility to buy one on spot.
- Drinks are not included.
You will need to carry a day backpack only. Our bag-moving service means you can travel light during your walks. Your main luggage (that should please be easily transportable) will be transported by vehicle between the different night stops, unless you have chosen the version without luggage transport.
Self-guided hike, without a guide.