[Cyclo-Sport] Le Piémont des Albères
A loop around the beach and the villages.
From Valmy Castle, take the left at the crossroads towards Les Mimosas campsite. After the ford, take Chemin de la Massane on your right which will take you to the edge of the expressway.
Pass under the tunnel and continue on Chemin de la Cérigue to the intersection with Route de Sorède. Go left, following the railway tracks on your right. In front of the fire station, turn right and take the road on the edge of Massane to reach the Argelès-sur-Mer Town Hall. (unofficial starting point of this loop).
Leave the town hall to the left, go to the roundabout and take the second exit, rue des Trabucayres.
Arrived at the roundabout take the first on the right, avenue Molière, go to the roundabout of the swimming pool then continue straight.
Take the first exit, avenue du 8 mai 1945. Go straight. At the "Blue Elephant" roundabout, go straight ahead.
At the next roundabout turn right onto Route Nationale then immediately left onto Rue Marivaux.
You will pass in front of the station. Go down the street and arrive at the roundabout where you take the third left.
Go to the end of rue du Repos and turn right, route de Sorède. Go over the bridge over the river "La Massana" then over the D914. Continue to Sorède. Go through Sorède and follow the same road called Route d'Argelès.
After the bridge, turn right, pass in front of the Tourist Office and go to the next roundabout and take the third street, rue de la Vendée. You will pass in front of the church and arrive at the village square. You have to go around it and go left on the road to Laroque where you arrive via avenue de la Côte Vermeille.
You are now in the center of Laroque which you will cross by passing on the right rue Louis and Michel Soler, then avenue du Roussillon where you pass over a bridge.
After the bridge take the first street on the left, avenue du Vallespir which becomes Ruta de la Roca when you arrive in Villelongue-dels-Monts.
In the center of Villelongue, turn right then immediately the first left, Carrer Longue. You then continue towards the ruta de Montesquieu, staying on this road (D11) to reach Montesquieu.
Arrived at the top of the Grand rue, turn left then right after the Place del Courreou, go straight on the Grand rue then on the long street on the right after the roundabout.
Cross the D618, and go to the right on the cycle path which runs alongside the expressway. You stay on the cycle path to Argelès.
Be careful at the last roundabout in Saint-André, stay well to the left on the cycle path.
You will arrive at a roundabout and take the second street, avenue de Montgat. Turn right at the end of the street then go over the bridge.
At the traffic lights turn right towards Sorède.
Pass the roundabout then the tunnel under the SNCF track and immediately turn left onto the Route de la Cérigue to go back up to Valmy via the path taken at the start.