Pirinexus Litoral Route

Figueres - Perpinyà

(UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

The Pirinexus Litoral route is a cycling route for sustainable mobility that crosses the landscapes of the Girona coastline and connects with Roussillon. It is an intermodal route that combines sections that can be cycled with others that can be travelled by public transport (train or bus). It connects with the EuroVelo8 route and links up with Pirinexus, the major route through the counties of Girona. Its connection with public transport facilitates a sustainable link with the main tourist destinations.

Kilometers 45 km

Slope Accessible. Mainly flat with no noticeable slopes.

Difficulty Minimum

Pavement Sauló pavement, compacted natural terrain, concrete pavement, asphalt

Maximum altitude 38 m

Minimum altitude 0 m

The route starts at the train station in Figueres, the capital of the Alt Empordà region. We can visit the city’s five museums, including the Dalí Theatre-Museum; Sant Ferran Castle, which is the largest modern fortress in Europe, and the Rambla, which is often the setting for fairs and festivals.

The Muga nature trail takes us to Castelló d’Empúries, a town that still retains its mediaeval character. From Castelló d’Empúries we can continue along the Muga Nature Trail greenway and cross Aiguamolls Natural Park, which covers an area of 4,729 hectares and has nine different itineraries (two of which are suitable for bikes). This is one of the most important wetlands in Catalonia, where you can see a wide variety of animal species and vegetation.

We continue across the wooden bridge over the Muga River until we reach Empuriabrava. This unique urbanisation has around twenty-four kilometres of navigable canals. Continuing along the main route, we come to an ecological plain, the wetlands of the Empordà, which provides a refuge for a large number of fauna, but which is also a good area for cultivating rice and other crops.

If we follow the signs for an additional route, we get to Roses, a fishing village that bears the traces of various civilisations from the last twenty-five centuries.

Following this trail, we pass through the municipality of Pau, until we reach Vilajuïga train station, where we can take the train (Llançà-Colera-Portbou line) and follow the modal interchange route to Collioure. One of the main attractions of this area is the royal castle of Collioure (673 AD). The picturesque town has been a source of inspiration for many world-famous artists. Painters such as Matisse, Derain, Gris, Braque, Picasso, Dufy and Dalí came here to paint, while the poet Antonio Machado and the novelist Patrick O’Brian are buried within its confines.

We cycle along the EuroVelo8 route to Argelers, to reach Perpignan and discover the jewels of this beautiful Catalan city, capital of the kingdom of Majorca in the 14th century, of Roussillon and the Eastern Pyrenees today, and listed as a Grand Espace Occitania.

 

ABOUT THE BICITRANSCAT PROJECT

BiciTransCat is the new cross-border sustainable mobility coastal axis, connecting the north-east of Girona with France and boosting transport mode exchange.  On 17 August, 2016, the European Commission approved version 2.2 of the INTERREG V-En Spain-France-Andorra Programme (POCTEFA 2014-2020). The overall aim of the programme is to promote and strengthen the economic and social integration of the cross-border area through cooperation. To achieve this, it focuses on supporting and co-financing cooperation projects in the target region carried out by French, Spanish and Andorran partners.

The INTERREG V-En Spain-France-Andorra Programme (POCTEFA 2014-2020) is funded by the European Union with a total budget of 178 million euros from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF, without technical assistance).  On 4 November, 2016, the POCTEFA Monitoring Committee approved the official text of the second call of the INTERREG V-En Spain-France-Andorra Programme (POCTEFA 2014-2020).

On May 31, 2017, in the second call for POCTEFA projects, the Girona Greenways Consortium, together with its four partners Ajuntament de Figueres, Conseil Départemental des Pyrénées-Orientales, Consell Comarcal de l’Alt Empordà and Communauté Urbaine Perpinyà Méditerranée, presented  the project “EFA156 / 16 BICITRANSCAT: Development of new cycle routes and cross-border multimodal links for the promotion of sustainable mobility.”

How to get there

RENFE FIGUERES STATION

Pl. de l’Estació, s/n

17600 Figueres (L’Alt Empordà)

Tel. 972 504 661

http://rodalies.gencat.cat/ca/inici/

RENFE LLANÇÀ STATION

Pl. de l’Estació, s/n

17490 Llançà (Alt Empordà)

Tel. 972 380 255

http://rodalies.gencat.cat/ca/inici/

RENFE COLERA STATION

Tel. 972 504 661

http://rodalies.gencat.cat/ca/inici/

RENFE PORTBOU STATION

C. Claudi Planas, s/n

17497 Portbou (Alt Empordà)

Tel. 902 240 202

http://rodalies.gencat.cat/ca/inici/

RENFE-SNCF PERPINYÀ STATION

Gal Salvador Dalì

66000 Perpinyà, França

Tel. 972 504 661

https://www.renfe-sncf.com/rw-es/Paginas/Home.aspx

SARFA

Tel. 902 302 025
www.sarfa.com

TEISA

Tel. 972 204 868
www.teisa-bus.com

GIRONA-COSTA BRAVA AIRPORT

Tourism office: tel. 972 186 708
Flight information: tel. 972 186 600
ot.aerogirona.ctc@gencat.net
www.aena.es

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