We enter the Vallespir region. The descent via the D-115 road is very long and steep. Wrap up well and make sure your brakes are working properly, especially if it is raining and if they are of the type that uses brake pads. Please remember that, although the road is quiet here, this part of the route is shared with vehicles. You are on the axis of the Pyrenean mountain range. This area boasts unique natural characteristics, both with regard to its geology and to the flora and fauna found here. This is the reason why most of the area is classified as a nature reserve. At the Nature Reserve offices in Prats-de-Mollo (Rue du Faubourg, 26), you can find information on hikes and bicycle trips which will help you explore the reserve and discover all its natural features. In this town there are other outdoor activities to be enjoyed such as canyoning and a forest adventure park. Or, if you prefer, you can relax and enjoy the healing properties of the thermal waters in La Preste, which have been used by bathers since the 14th century.


PRATS-DE-MOLLO
A mediaeval fortified town, mentioned for the first time in 878, Prats-de-Mollo conserves numerous historical elements which are shared between two neighbouring parts, the lower town and the upper town. Worthy of note in the lower town are the French Gate, Plaça Josep de la Trinxeria, the Cross of the Reproaches, the Church and Chapel of the Saints Justa and Rufina, the walkway around the city walls and the Guillema Bridge. In the upper town, the Rei and Vila squares and the Verger, Rector and Spanish gates are worth visiting. Outside the fortified town, we can find the Firal Square, right opposite the French Gate, where the tourist information centre is located.


LA GUÀRDIA FORTRESS
As a result of the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659, which annexed this territory to France, Prats-de-Mollo became a fortified border town. This was when the building of the La Guàrdia Fortress began. Able to house around 100 soldiers, the fortress was designed to protect the new border and control entry to the Alt Vallespir. The fortress is well conserved and guided tours are organised.
 

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