The church spire and shape at Collioure is famous, amongst others, for inspiring Dali. Before heading out for the surrounding countryside, we walked around the church and took time to appreciate the scenery along the coastline.
And walk out along the breakwater....
To take in the view of the town resting in the early morning light.
Then it was time to leave beautiful Collioure and start our climb up the surrounding hillsides.
Of course one of the most difficult parts of any walk is finding your way out of town. After a few false starts, we were finally on track for the day.
Whilst the first part of the walk was mainly through scrub, woodlands and the still exploited cork trees, the weather was cool but pleasant and there were beautiful views along the way. Wonderful!
Our trip notes were something like this...." After the second vineyard that you will skirt to the right you will find this path again on the ridge, slightly to your left. The path skirts twice a new electric fence and a new track.....Take this path (due south) - we did have the necessary compass - towards a house. When you have reached the courtyard, go over a chain that is there to stop vehicles and continue on the flat, along the path up the Col de Taillefer." And so it went.
These instructions were precious. We could not afford to lose them or to have them blow away. There was a word warning in our trip notes about the Tramontane - a strong wind - but it would not trouble us today.