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[Balade] Parcours découvertes de Sorède

Discovering the riches of Sorède.


Provide water, good shoes, cap or hat.

Leave from the Tourist Office. Cross the Rue de la Caserne and reach the Town Hall car park. Go along this one and take the passage which passes under the hackberries. The famous hackberries that made Sorède famous at the beginning of the 20th century and still today thanks to the ESAT.
Climb a few steps and turn left to take rue de la Maréchalerie. The houses are typically attached to it. They constituted the protective enclosure of the castle because they were located less than 30 feet from the church. In the 1900s, craftsmanship was very present in the streets of our village: Cooper, Bourrelier, Muletier, Blacksmith, Blacksmith. On the right, take the Côte de l'Eglise and stop in front of the entrance.
The parish church: Former seigniorial chapel, it became a church in the 12th century. Its typical Romanesque capital bears witness to this period. It is dedicated to St-Assiscle and Ste-Victoire whose relics were brought back from Cordoba. The inscription "Populus me fecit": 1733 carved on the capital indicates its complete restoration in the 18th century.
On the Place de la République, pass under the porch and at the end of the street turn left. Take the first street on the left to return to the Place. You have just bypassed the castle. The fortress building: Fortified in 1299, it belonged to the nobility until the Revolution. The porch was the large guard room and the current Place de la République was the place d'armes. These are the only remains. Today it is a private domain. It houses an old oil mill which was used until the extreme cold of 1955/1956.
Take rue Saint-Jacques towards the Salle des Fêtes. Rue Saint-Jacques: This street crosses the old district of the "Hortolans" (From "hort" in Catalan which means garden). In the past, many gardens were planted there. They were taking advantage of the water from the canal that meanders nearby. A statue dedicated to Saint-Jacques is placed on the facade of a house, thus honoring the patron saint of gardeners. In front of this house, take the impasse on the right.
Rue du Rec Mayral: At the end of the street, we discover a very old principle of irrigation "Le Rec Mayral" and its twenty secondary canals constituted the watering canal of the village. Thanks to a system of valves, they allowed neighboring gardens to receive water all year round. Strongly regulated in times of drought, it is still today the source of many small conflicts. Retrace your steps and take the street that descends to the left of the hotel les mas: At the end of the path, you come out between Mas Miquel (on the right) and Mas Soula (on the left). In the past, many isolated farmhouses surrounded the village, including: Mas Bassole, Mas Florenti, Mas Tarté. Turn left and take the first left, rue du Mas Soula.
Facing No. 20, take the small path that descends. Chemin Vicinal N°8: This path ran along the foothills of the Albères from Villelongue dels Monts. It allowed access to the Sainte-Marie de la Coberta church, which has now disappeared, washed away by the waters in the 17th century. La Font del Bisbe: We can literally translate as the "Fountain of the Bishop". It owes its name to the Legate of Pope Martin IV, Bishop Cholet who in the year 1285 accompanied Philippe III the Bold and his army during the crusade against the King of Aragon. He had gone there to rest. Do the same, if you feel like it... Cross the footbridge and follow the path that goes up. Turn at the first street on your right. You are in the "Mas Félis" district. Mas Félix: This place housed one of the first grain mills.
Follow the main road. Rue du Veinat: It runs along the river and goes up to Christ. Le Veinat means "the neighborhood" in Catalan. This district remained isolated from the village for a long time and constituted a hamlet in itself. At the end of the street, on your right: The Christ of the Missions: In 1893, wooden crosses were raised following the return of an Evangelical mission, hence its name. The road that goes to the right leads to the Notre-Dame du Château chapel. On your left, a small path descends towards the river and brings you to the "Rouréde" (chênaie: oak plantation). Rue des Châtaigniers: It crosses part of the district known as "Formiguer". Once there, there were small mounds surrounded by brush and groves that looked like giant anthills. These heaps of plants were crushed in order to improve the crops. At the first intersection, take the dead end on your right. La Rue des Micocouliers: It owes its name to the tree that made Sorède famous. At the beginning of the 20th century, more than 300 Soredians were working on the manufacture of whips, splints and horse collars from this wood. The factory, the only industry of this type still in operation in the world, is located on rue du Stade. We invite you to visit it. The entrance is free. Follow the passage under the trees, you are now following the watering channel
The Well of Cap de la Riba: This can be translated as the "Well above the shore". The fontinal project was highly developed in our municipality and this well was one of the most important due to its location. The water drawn there was fresh and of good flavor. Many people came there and often lingered there. In front of you, the footbridge, which has been carried away several times, leads to the "Font del Sabater" (Fountain of the cobbler where he used to soak his leathers). Today it no longer flows because it has been diverted. Near the well, take the inclined plane that goes up.
Opposite, take Rue du Mas del Rost and turn into the 1st street on the left Rue des Acacias: This is an area of ​​typical houses, with terraces, exterior stairs and cellars. It was disadvantaged because no channel crossed it. It housed many old families who made it one of the liveliest places in the village. Many of its inhabitants worked for the whip factory.
Turn left and take an immediate right. The Campet district: Literally "little field". It took this name because each house adjoined a "little meadow". Located on the right bank of the river, it is an important district, where the cradle of old Soredian families still remains.
At 100 meters, turn on your left. La Traverse du Campet: You will discover in this small street, real Catalan houses which have retained their authentic character. There was access to the river which, like many other places, allowed people to empty their chamber pots. At the end of the street turn left. 
The bridge: It was built in 1841 over several decades. Before its construction, we used the street on the right which led to a ford, near the washhouses where we could cross the Sorède river called "Le Tassio".
After the bridge, take the street opposite, Rue du Puits. At the end, turn to your right and continue to Place Combes. 
Place Combes: This is the current market place. It was previously called Place St-Pierre after a saint whose statue stood there. The grain market was held there. It was renamed in 1905 when it took the name of Emile Combes (left-wing senator advocating a militant and anticlerical policy). At the butcher's shop, continue along the rue du center to Place Padre Himalaya. The sundial: Unique in France,
the Sorède sundial was inaugurated in 2013. It combines creation and technology in an excellent way. Take Rue de la Caserne, you are back at your starting point: the Tourist Office

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