Slow Living doesn’t mean doing nothing, it means doing better.
We encourage guests at La Paloma to get out and explore, to turn up their senses and experience our region’s aromas, sounds, sites, tastes and textures.One of the best ways to do this is by walking. With a limitless number of paths crisscrossing the region, there’s something here for all walking levels. While spring is in full swing, our current pick is a coastal trail on the edge of mountains and sea.
This easy coastal walk begins in the village of Port Vendres, famous for its deep water port and fish market.
TASTE:The oyster bar here, LaCriée, serves up fresh shellfish by seafood handlers clad in fishing boots and rubber aprons. Enjoy a glass of AOC Collioure white wine with your oysters, and you’ll blend perfectly with the natives.
SMELL: The walking path begins on the other side of the port where wild Cape Béar juts out into the sea. Breathe deeply and take in the briny smell of salt water and Mediterranean ozone.
SEE: As you walk, look down into blue-green water for glimpses of sea urchins and other sea life. Follow the yellow-blazed trail as it leads upward and outward toward the Cape Béar Lighthouse. Look back for views of snow-covered Mount Canigou in the distance. This is where the Pyrenees tumble into the Mediterranean! The coastal coves on the cape are perfect havens for sailboats and picnics.
FEEL: At the tip of the cape is the lighthouse with a rugged trail encircling a jagged coastline. Below the lighthouse is a tiny hamlet of fishermen’s houses accessible only by foot. Here you’ll find inviting lagoons perfect for bathing in warm Mediterranean waters. Let your skin soak up the healing sea and sun.
HEAR: Sea birds, sea breezes and the sounds of tranquillity will soften any stress you’ve carried with you. Let it all go and enjoy the moment.