This is the stretch which is the most complex to cycle of the entire route. As we are descending, we find 3 short climbs with the most intense gradients of the whole route which will force us to dismount. There is a gravel surface which is not too solid in some parts making it difficult to control the front wheel of the bike. There is, however, quite a long stretch which is concrete. Finally, the path that runs under the main road just before reaching the centre of La Jonquera, trails off into short stone paths (50 m) where we will have to dismount. This is the small price we have to pay to be able to reach the town via a relaxed route which is far removed from the dangers and noises of motorised vehicles. To avoid this stretch we would have to go to El Pertús from the Coll de Panissars via an asphalt road and then take the N-II to La Jonquera. The wooded area of holm oak trees that we pass through has been significantly affected by the fires of July 2012.

Once within the valley, having negotiated the infrastructures, the human activity and urban landscape of La Jonquera offers striking contrasts. On entering, we find a considerable flow of heavy traffic and large commercial centres. As we go further into the town, we then find more traditional architecture. Of particular interest is the church and the square which is home to the Town Hall (Plaça de l’Ajuntament) off the main road. But the border aspect, in this case in the form of a memorial, is presented to us through the Museum of Exile.

This is an interpretation centre dedicated to commemorating the exiles produced as a result of the Spanish Civil War. It is located on the same street via which most of those exiled escaped (C/ Major).

The heritage of the Albera mountain range is exceptional. A great variety of different environments can be found in a relatively small space, with such emblematic species as the Mediterranean turtle, the cows which are indigenous to the Albera Massif, in surroundings where human settlers have left their mark since Neolithic times. Summaries of all this information can be found at the information centre of the Albera natural park located in front of the MUME.

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