Sentier Walter Benjamin

On the trail of Walter Benjamin, writer-philosopher fleeing the Vichy regime in 1940.

Route details

Bring water, hat or cap, walking shoes, windbreaker and waterproof clothing outside the summer months. Respect nature, bring back waste. Do not stray far from marked trails. Check the weather before departure.
History, Mountain, Viewpoint
Round trip


From the Banyuls-sur-Mer Tourist Office, pass in front of the town hall then go left, avenue du Général de Gaulle. Pass under the railway bridge and turn immediately left to reach Puig del Mas via Avenue Pierre de Marca to Place Abel Pages located on the left. (Note at the starting point, the monument dedicated to Walter Benjamin and Lisza Fittko)
From the car park, continue towards the dirt track which leads to a path through the vineyards around Mas Guillaume. Continue on an asphalt road and turn left until you reach Col del Bast.
At the pass, take the path which rises on the right and follow the route for 500 meters. The path follows the crests of the massif. Pass at the foot of an electricity pylon and take the stony path which crosses several scree towards the Col de Rumpissar at an altitude of 538 meters (the circuit continues to Port-Bou on the GR92, it takes 1 hour/ 1h30 more, possibility of returning by train from Port-Bou).
By turning left, it is possible to follow the route of the “Saute Montagne” hike which leads to the Tour de Querroig at an altitude of 672 meters and which offers an exceptional 360° panorama.
To descend, retrace your steps from the Col de Rumpissar.
Once you arrive in the “La colline des Oliviers” housing estate, take avenue Pierre de Marca to the Tourist Office.
DifficultyDifficultDuration06hElevation-809 D- ​​/ 810 D+Distance15,4 kmMax Altitude531m
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