La Junquera is a municipality that lies next to the French border in the province
of Gerona and is well known for its surrounding mountains and cross country
walks. The area has always been known for its Perthus Pass that runs through
the Pyrenees and is now replaced by a modern motorway.
The ancient altar erected by Pompey at the Coll de Panissars stands near this
pass. In the year 1285, the Catalan army defeated retreating French crusaders
here. The pass is mainly still used for trade purposes today.
The L'Albera national park that lies between La Junquera and Portbou is a must-see.
The park is dotted with beech groves, oak trees, vineyards and olive trees.
It is also home to a rare Mediterranean tortoise. La Junquera will appeal to
the walkers among you.
The Yunquera-Los Sauces trail is a well trodden path that cuts through pinewoods
along the slopes of the Sierra de las Nieves Mountains affording splendid views
of the surrounding countryside. The vast cereal fields, the steep cliffs and
the olive groves will make your walk worthwhile.
If you are keen on waterfalls and streams, the Tolox-La Regia trail is also
worth a detour. You'll find two stunning waterfalls en route - the Horcajuelos
and the La Regia as well as several small streams and rivers.