(0h00min; 0 kms) Requessens (504m). Parking zone, livestock pens, La Mare de Déu church (very poor condition), Can Seferino and “La Cantina”. Walk down the track while enjoying the views over Requessen castle. You pass the Fuente del Ferro (drinkable) and come to a track that you leave just a few metres further down on the next bend, by the Forn de Totxos. The path heads down until it crosses a stream, then it passes another stream before taking on a short climb to a crossing. The GR continues along a wall, which you leave on the right. Hidden in the woods, on the left, lies the...
(0h30min; 2 kms) Refugio del Forn de Calç (467m). The walk continues through dense evergreen oak woodland. Some 40 minutes later, you pass the ruins of Mas de Mirapols, then shortly afterwards you cross a stream, Còrrec de la Jaça, and a little further on you pass another one, Rec de Mirapols, where you can also fill up with water. The path gets steeper from now on, and as you gain height, beech (the easternmost in the peninsula), holly and oak trees among others, begin to appear. When you have almost reached the top, you leave a connecting route to the GR10 and come out into open countryside. Pass the Coll de la Llosarda (689m) and walk on to the...
(2h00min; 7,3 kms) Portell de les Creus (699m), between the Puig del Mig (735m) and the Puig de les Rouredes (721m). Cross the barbed-wire fence on the left and begin the descent. You quickly come to a track that drops sharply down to Els Villars. Along the way you pass several drinking fountains – all dry in summer – as well as a few dolmens, which are to be found in abundance in this area.
(3h20min; 13,7 kms) Els Villars (237m). In Els Villars there is a drinking fountain at the other end of the village, at the exit to Espolla. To continue along the GR11 you need to turn left as soon as you reach the village and head down an embankment. The GR11 drops down to a stream, which you cross a couple of times, before coming to a beaten-up road by the Font de Cadecàs (the water here is yellow). Follow the road left until you reach the...
(3h50min; 15,2 kms) Col de Banyuls road (156m). Follow the tarmac road for 5 kilometres to...
(5h00min; 20,2 kms) Mas Pils (258m). Turn on to a track that appears on the right, and half-way up you take a shortcut that passes a couple of drinking fountains. Close to the top, you rejoin the track.
(5h35min; 22,2 kms) Coll de la Plaja (392m). You walk down the track, while taking the available shortcuts.
(5h35min; 23,8 kms) Sant Quirze de Colera (180m). In Sant Quirze, apart from the Benedictine monastery, there is a bar. It is worth mentioning that this area has been declared a Natural Space of National Interest and is a reserve for the Hermann’s Tortoise. Keep walking down the track (you pass a dry water outlet), which soon becomes a tarmac road, leading to...
(6h55min; 27,6 kms) Carretera Vilamaniscle - Rabós (106m). Turn left and follow the road to...
(7h20min; 29,4 kms) Vilamaniscle (152m). Drinking fountain.
Two kilometres from Requessens, along the GR11, is the Refugi del Forn de Calç (acceptable condition, for around 10 people, "inhabited by the odd mouse").
Off the route, in Espolla, 2kms from Els Villars: Vilars 10.
At the end of the stage, in Delfià, on the road between Rabós and Garriguela (5km diversion from the crossroads between Rabós and Vilamaniscle or 3kms by track from Vilamaniscle), we recommend Can Jenot (Tel: +34 672 208 690; email@example.com). It has two apartments for 2 and 4 people, a swimming pool, washing-machine, internet, cooker and fridge...The price per person is 40€ (minimum 2 people) and 30€ more with breakfast and dinner included. The minimum stay is two nights. In July and August, it is only available for the whole week. Book in advance and confirm via phone. It is located in Delfià on the road between Rabós and Garriguela. If you so wish, they will come and pick you up in Sant Quirze or Vilamaniscle... for no extra charge. To get to the intersection of the road from Sant Quirze de Colera with the one from Rabós to Vilamaniscle on foot, there are two options: By road (5kms), passing Rabós and afterwards towards Garriguela de Baix, or an easy route via track (3kms). Follow the road towards Vilamaniscle for about 700m until a track emerges on the right, which brings you directly to Can Jenot. You just need to follow the main path (0.1kms ahead, 0.3kms right, 2kms right, 2.3kms ahead). See map.Where to eat: Other services:
In Sant Quirze de Colera there is a bar (Tel.: 972 19 31 86; open from 9:00 to 17:00, closed on Wednesdays).
In Vilamaniscle there is a municipal swimming-pool with a bar.
|- Prologue: Cabo Higuer - Hondarribia - Irun|
|- Stage 1: Cabo Higuer - Bera|
|- Stage 1v (GR 11.3): Cabo Higuer - Lesaka|
|- Stage 2: Bera - Elizondo|
|- Stage 2v (GR 11.3): Lesaka - Elizondo|
|- Stage 3: Elizondo - Pto de Urkiaga|
|- Stage 4: Puerto de Urkiaga - Burguete|
|- Stage 5: Burguete/Auritz - Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri|
|Stage 6: Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri - Ochagavia|
|Stage 7: Ochagavia - Isaba|
|Stage 8: Isaba - Zuriza (via Belabarce)|
|Stage 8v (GR 11.4): Isaba - Zuriza (via Ezkaurre)|
|Stage 9: Zuriza - Aguas Tuertas|
|Stage 10: Aguas Tuertas - Lizara|
|Stage 10 (discontinued): Aguas Tuertas - Candanchú|
|Stage 11: Lizara - Candanchú|
|Stage 12: Candanchú - Sallent de Gallego|
|Stage 9v (GR 11.1): Zuriza - Puente de Santa Ana|
|Stage 10v (GR 11.1): Puente de Santa Ana - Lizara|
|Stage 11v (GR 11.1): Lizara - Canfranc Estación|
|Stage 12v: Canfranc Estación - Sallent de Gallego (via C.Izas)|
|Stage 13: Sallent de Gallego - Refugio de Respomuso|
|Stage 14: Refugio de Respomuso - Balneario de Panticosa|
|Shortcut: The pipeline path from Bachimaña to Brazato|
|Stage 15: Balneario de Panticosa - San Nicolas de Bujaruelo|
|Stage 16: San Nicolas de Bujaruelo - Refugio de Goriz|
|Stage 17: Refugio de Goriz - Circo de Pineta (Fuenblanca)|
|Stage 17v (GR11.9): Refugio de Goriz - Circo de Pineta (Faja de las Olas)|
|Stage 18: Circo de Pineta - Parzán|
|Stage 19: Parzán - Biadós|
|Stage 20: Biadós - Puente de San Jaime|
|Stage 20v (GR 11.2): Biadós - Ref. Ángel Orús|
|Stage 21v (GR 11.2): Ref. Ángel Orús - Puente de San Jaime|
|Stage 21: Puente de San Jaime - Refugio de Cap de Llauset|
|Stage 21v (GR 11.5): Puente de San Jaime - Refugio de la Renclusa|
|Stage 22v (GR 11.5): Refugio de la Renclusa - Refugio de Cap de Llauset|
|Stage 22: Ref. Cap de LLauset - Conangles|
|Stage 23: Conangles - La Restanca|
|Stage 24v (GR11.18): La Restanca - Colomers|
|Stage 25: Colomers - Ernest Mallafré|
|Stage 26: Ernest Mallafré - La Guingueta|
|Stage 27: La Guingueta - Estaón|
|Stage 28: Estaón - Tavascán|
|Stage 29: Tavascán - Areu|
|Stage 30: Areu - Baiau|
|Stage 31: Baiau - Arans|
|Stage 32: Arans - Encamp|
|Stage 33: Encamp - Ref. l'Illa|
|Stage 34: Ref. l'Illa - Malniu|
|Stage 35: Malniu - Puigcerdá|
|Stage 36: Puigcerdá - Planoles|
|Stage 37: Planoles - Santuario de Nuria|
|Stage 38: Santuario de Nuria - Refugio de Ulldeter|
|Stage 39: Refugio de Ulldeter - Molló|
|Stage 40: Molló - Talaixà|
|Stage 41: Talaixà - Albanyà|
|Stage 42: Albanyà - La Vajol|
|Stage 43: La Vajol - Requessens|
|Stage 44: Requessens - Vilamaniscle|
|Stage 45: Vilamaniscle - El Port de la Selva|
|Stage 46: El Port de la Selva - Cap de Creus|