From Argelès-sur-Mer, in the Roussillon, to Cap de Creus in Catalonia, the Vermeille coast, a steep and wild rocky shore, supports the Pyrenees Mountains in their journey towards the Mediterranean Sea. Strolling along the Albères range, one’s adventure ends at the Cap de Creus, the furthest eastern range, where Pyrenees and Mediterranean Sea join together for their last journey. The Natural Park of Creus has been listed natural reserve.
Almost everything begins with an old-fashioned little beach that seems to come straight from an illustrated history book dedicated to the first paid holidays.
 
In Argelès-sur-Mer, the Racou beach promises a journey through time, possibly started eight centuries earlier.  Standing tall at 650 meters high in the Albères range, the most easterly side of the Pyrenees, the Madeloc tower can be seenfrom the road.
 

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One can then go through Collioure, so close from the Albères range that one could almost touch it. One is reminded of a strange letterbox still receiving letters for the poet Antonio Machado, set in the little cemetery where he’s buried; one can understand as they witness the amazing light reaching the mountain from the sea why this is the birthplace of Matisse and Derain fauvism.
Continuing on the cliff road, suspended between sky and sea, one stops in the wonderful bay of Banyuls.
 
One meets some exhausted hikers so happy to be there, paddling in the sea, left speechless to express their feelings, as they describe the landscapes they’ve come across along the GR10 trail that, like the mountain itself, seems to vanish in the waves.
 

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Then, barely a few kilometers away, Cerbère marks the historically charged border,  with the Retirada, the exile of the Spanish Republicans, A little further west, at the Cap de Creus, one can imagine the Pyrenees sinking into the Mediterranean Sea, like a final under water journey, and here lies the charm of our mountains, in this close companionship between the Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
 
The Pyrenees mountains are also made of sea spray!