Authentic Catalan village, Laroque-des-Albères is nestled in lush greenery on the foothills of the Pyrenees. Here, the altitudes go from a few tens of meters to more than 1256 m, at Pic Néoulous, the highest peak in the Albères.
Laroque, between history and nature…
To soak up the atmosphere of this charming village full of history, close to Spain, you have to cross its narrow streets. These, lined with pretty colored facades, go up to the church and the belvedere of the castle with its magnificent panorama. The latter offers 2 orientation tables: one on the Albères massif (Pyrenees), the other on the Roussillon plain and the Mediterranean!
Focus on the Moulin de la Pave
A former flour mill supplied with water by the village canal which operated its horizontal wheel, its origins date back to the 2006th century. An association undertook its restoration in XNUMX. Since then, it has completely reconstructed the miller's workshop on the ground floor as well as his accommodation upstairs.
The impoundment was carried out during the European Mill Days, in May 2022.
Explore the hidden treasures of the Albères…
Our massif is recognized for its tremendous natural resources such as the mineral spring with its ferruginous and sparkling water. Similarly, there are many sites that attest to the life and intense human activities of the past, in the very heart of the Albères:
- the Mataporc cabins,
- the “La Balma del Moro” dolmen,
- iron mines, rock shelters,
- the irrigation canal,
- the ice wells
Nature & Hiking in Laroque!
The surroundings of the village offer you an exceptional setting to satisfy your desires for the great outdoors. Thus, with family or friends, in zen or sporty mode, the hiking trails are each an opportunity to live a unique nature experience. Also, push the door of the House of the Rando and ask us for advice on organizing your outing. Fun hikes with games for young and old, digestive walk or even sporty day hikes... Here, you will necessarily find a circuit made for you!
The Rallye-Rando? Quesaco?
There are so many ways to discover the Pyrenees massif!
Organized and led by our team, the rally-randos are great treasure hunts that bring young and old together. Take advantage of a unique day around challenges and questions, each one more amusing than the other, Ideal for getting attached to the pleasures of hiking!
Our selection of hikes
Prepare well for your hike
Before setting out on a hike, find out about the local weather.
Between June and September, consider consulting the fire risk and the possibilities of circulation in the massif.
The highest peak in the Albères
The Pic Néoulous (1256 m) marks the border between France and Spain. On its promontory, one is quickly struck by the contrast between the stone tower built by Manel, which rubs shoulders with the television relay station.
Enjoy the grandiose 360° panoramas over the Roussillon Plain, the Spanish Plain of Ampourdan, the sumptuous Canigou and the Mediterranean Sea!
Good to know
From the entrance to Perthus, a road takes you to Col de l'Ouillat. It is here that the "Sentier pour tous" allows people with reduced mobility (PRM) to combine walks in the middle of the mountains and discovery of the forest. The setting is astonishing, with its majestic laricio pine forest... Total change of scenery and splendid landscapes guaranteed, in excellent conditions of comfort!
In Laroque, we hike… but not only!
Are you passionate about the little queen? Venture on the "Bouques des Albères" to discover our magnificent landscapes. They are accessible to all and guide you to our heritage sites. The Eurovélo8 cycle route, meanwhile, takes you to Argelès and the sea in complete safety. Our team will inform you about the best access from the village. It will also offer you bike rental for a few hours or for the day. Forward, all in the saddle!
Go on a bike on the Rallye-Enquête thanks to the application BALUDIK. Che heritage and terroir rally takes you to discover the villages of the Albères and meet the people who live there. Before starting your expedition in complete autonomy, ask for your adventurer's kit at the Laroque-des-Albères Tourist Office!