Distance: 4,2 km
Duration (average) : 02 p.m.
Level: Easy
Elevation: 192 D +
Departure: MONTJOI
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At the water's edge
The king of birds spreads his silent shadow over the valley to lead you on this Petite Vadrouille, through the Orbieu gorges. Departure from Place de la Fontaine.


Points of interest

Your itinerary


IGN map reference (s): IGN 2447 West


Step 1

Cairn (1) Montjoi comes from the Latin “Moses Jouis“, the Mountain of Jupiter. Behind the fountain at the bend of a rock, the trail begins. On your right, the remains of a castle, founded in the 2th and 3th centuries, raise its ruins towards the sky. The current village is crowded around the old keep. Cairn (4) We discover on the trail a wide variety of rock plants: rock fern, high stonecrop, common polypod. Cairn (5) The bridge, known as the “Roman Bridge”, built in the 6th century, opened the road to Salza by a path buried under the undergrowth. Cairn (7) The walk continues along a path paved with coarse stones. At the edge of the water, the trees which are always thirsty (alders, poplars, willows, dogwoods) and on the slopes, the Mediterranean vegetation (broom, pistachio trees). Cairn (8) Arbutus and other fruit trees line the path. Cairn (9) and (10) The Orbieu river is inhabited by fish but also dragonflies. Cairn (11) The plants of the garrigue exhale their scents: thyme, lavender, elderberry, mint. Cairn (12) The fording is done in the shade of chestnut, hazelnut and cherry trees. Cairn (XNUMX) The old abandoned village of Montjoi. An old church from the XNUMXth and XNUMXth century, tombstones and a few houses are still visible. Cairn (XNUMX) Above the open ground, the eagle spots its prey. Cairn (XNUMX) The old terraced cultures, surrounded by dry stone walls, spread out on the side of the hill and are now colonized by the population. Here, wheat and alfalfa were watered by a canal.

Be careful, the fire risk is often high, especially in summer, and can lead to flower bed closures. Find out before you go consulting the fire risk map for outdoor activities.
Fires strictly prohibited. Do not smoke and never throw cigarette butts in nature. Fires are numerous and catastrophic in our region. In the event of a fire or accident: give alert 18 or 112 from a cell phone.
Protect yourself from the sun and take enough water with you.
Avoid picking flowers and plants. Take all your trash. Close fences and keep dogs on a leash in pasture areas, villages and protected areas.

Mountain bike routes: the routes are often shared with hikers or other users (cars, tractors, etc.). Be careful and always anticipate that a pedestrian may be present around a bend to have time to brake if necessary. Pedestrians have priority in principle, slow down at crossings or stop if the configuration of the terrain requires you to do so.
Thank you and happy hiking!


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