AROUND THE BOUICHAS

At ALBAS

Itineray type : Foot

Theme : Cultural

Descriptif détaillé :

From the Place des Chasseurs, head down south and take the first path on the left before leaving the village. You’ll soon be in the Mediterranean garrigue (1). The path branches off to the right of a tall pine tree (2). A little further on, you’ll arrive at the Périllou stream, characterized by a series of basins (often dry in summer). Go up on the opposite hillside where you’ll notice a different type of vegetation, also more abundant than before. While climbing, to your left, you can see the parallel levels which make up the slope of the syncline diagonally touch the woody massif known as the Mouthoumet massif. You’ll pass through a small pine wood and reach the path that used to be taken by the villagers going to work in the fields and the mines.
At this moment, don’t forget to admire the dry-stone supporting walls which have managed, in certain places, to stand the test of time (3).
This shady hiking path rising up to the Villerouge pass has an acid sandstone soil. (4)
At the pass, near a barn, take the path straight ahead and go down into a wood mainly composed of holm-oak trees, with some pistachios, junipers, buckthorns, sarsaparillas, etc. At the other end of a small green plateau, to your left, follow a small path through the wood. The path winds along till it reaches the bank of the Quiès stream where you can enjoy the beauty of the ancient Ilhe mill (5) amidst some dense vegetation. The roof is no longer there but the mill’s walls, covered with ivy and moss, seem to be able to withstand the passage of time. (Nevertheless, it is dangerous and therefore not recommended to enter the mill.) The spot by the water is extremely peaceful and shady and most inviting to take a break.
Resume your hike till you reach a crossroads of paths. Take the one to the left which rises then turn to the right in the bend continuing on a small and inviting path, even though a certain change in altitude lies ahead until you reach Roc Miquel (407 m) after having gone through a superb oak wood. On the ridge, you must cross a track to follow the path which will bring you closer to the village of Albas. Marvellous view on the village and its crenellated church (19th century) towering over it. The itinerary now follows the final part of the former road which linked Albas to Quintillan. The descent takes place in the cool shade of the holm oaks and box trees till you reach the Périllou stream. Cross it and continue till you reach the huge pine-tree on the left. From there on, you’ll resume the path to the village of Albas, situated on the slope of a broad syncline which was geologically shaped in the same era the Pyrenees were formed.

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