THE EAGLE’S PROMONTORY
Itineray type : Foot
This mini “Rocamadour of the Corbières”, hanging on to the cliffs hollowed out by the Orbieu river, looks out over the horizon where the eagle draws its circles. Nothing escapes the piercing glare of this predator! The king of the skies unfolds its silent shadow over the valley, thus accompanying you on this fragrant little jaunt (“Petite vadrouille”).
Descriptif détaillé :
Cairn (1) The name Montjoi stems from the Latin “Moses Jouis”, the Mountain of Jupiter. Behind the fountain, just around a rock, the hike begins. To your right, the vestiges of a castle, built in the 12th and 13th centuries, rise up in the sky. The present day village is clustered around the ancient keep.
Cairn (2) During this hike, we discover various plants growing in this rocky landscape: rocky fern, pale stonecrop, common polypody.
Cairn (3) The bridge, known as “Roman bridge”, built in the 12th century, by way of a path hidden by the undergrowth, made it possible to reach the road to Salza.
Cairn (4) The hike continues on a roughly paved path. By the waterside, the trees whose thirst is unquenchable (alder, poplar, willow, dogwood) and on the slopes, the Mediterranean vegetation (broom, pistachio).
Cairn (5) Strawberry trees and other fruit trees line the trail.
Cairns (6) and (7) The Orbieu river is rich in fish, but dragonflies are abundantly present as well.
Cairn (8) The garrigue plants exhale their perfumes: thyme, lavender, elder, mint.
Cairn (9) The stream is forded in the shade of chestnut, hazelnut and cherry trees.
Cairn (10) The former, abandoned Montjoi village. An ancient church dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries, some tombstones and a few houses are still there.
Cairn (11) Above the glades, the eagle spots its preys.
Cairn (12) The old terraced plots of cultivated land, surrounded by dry-stone walls, decorate the hillside and have since been colonized by the inhabitants. The wheat and lucerne (alfalfa) crops were watered thanks to an irrigation canal.
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