The Cap Béar loop

A walk amid vineyards, through scrubland, and along the coast, with beautiful views of the Cap Béar and the Anse de Paulilles cove.

Technical sheet
No. 76556
A Port-Vendres walk posted on 25/08/14 by Thofort. Update : 13/09/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h55[?]
Distance Distance : 4.8km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 218m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 213m
Highest point Highest point : 118m
Lowest point Lowest point : 3m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Massif des Albères
Location Location : Port-Vendres (66660)
Starting point Starting point : N 42.516283° / E 3.13225°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 2549OT
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Description

From Port Vendres, follow the road to Cap Béar lighthouse (go around the commercial port and then follow along the coast to Cap Béar). Park next to the semaphore gate or at the foot of the lighthouse.

The path begins just opposite the entrance gate of the semaphore (direction signs). Follow the direction of Port Vendres.
A little further on, the path splits into two (1) take the left-hand path (heading away from Port Vendres).
After a short distance, the path splits into two again (2), take the path on the right.
You will eventually reach a track (3).
Turn right and follow the track until you reach a path that leads down to the left alongside the vineyards (4).
Keep following the path down until you reach the sea, almost at Paulilles beach (5).
Take the path to the left, and head back along the coastal path with yellow waymarks until you reach Béar lighthouse (6).
Take the left-hand path to head back to the semaphore and the car park.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.44 - alt. km 0.44
2 : km 0.84 - alt. km 0.84
3 : km 1.53 - alt. km 1.53
4 : km 2.21 - alt. km 2.21
5 : km 4.33 - alt. km 4.33
D/A : km 4.79 - alt. km 4.79

Useful Information

Although the return journey may be by the sea, you will still need appropriate footwear (if you don’t want to get a sprained ankle!).

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 2549OT.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Personally, I did this walk on a Saturday night in the middle of the summer. The views were amazing, even by night, and we even got to see fireworks above Banyuls sur Mer! (just make sure you take head torches).
Before or after the walk, you can also enjoy the classified site of Anse Paulille (where there once used to be an explosives factory) and go on a tour of the artisanal vinegar factory, La Guinelle, in Cosprons.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.5/5
Number of opinions : 86
Description quality : 4.34/5
Routemap quality : 4.35/5
Walk interest : 4.81/5


Walker
on Wed 13 Feb 2019 18:24:01 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 13/02/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Park at the lighthouse as there's a good car park .. you'll thank me in the end.. The left turn at point 4 is alongside some concrete bollards. Ignore the paths either side of the vineyard wall take the path beyond these two. A great little walk

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