Discovery Hike

The Syndicat mixte Canigó Grand Site invites you to discover the remarkable landscapes of the classified site through a hike to the former mining colony of Pinosa.

© B. Fort - Canigó Grand Site

The Syndicat mixte Canigó Grand Site invites you to discover the remarkable landscapes of the classified site through a hike to the former mining colony of Pinosa (Valmanya 66). Presentation of the site and the educational dossier including a case study on industrialization based on the example of the Pinosa mines.
Programme of the day:
Appointment at the Col de Palomeres (Valmanya)
9h-11h Hike to the site of the Pinosa
11h Presentation of the site and the educational dossier
Lunch from the bag
Return to the Col de Palomeres
17h End of the day

About the venue

66320 Valmanya
  • Monument historique
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  • Édifice industriel, scientifique et technique
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  • Espace naturel, parc, jardin

The site of the Pinosa is a former industrial colony, erected in 1906 to fix the workforce at the foot of the iron ore deposits, at an altitude of 1,350 m on the slopes of the Puig de l'Estella. The remains in place are a privileged witness of the industrial developments that led to the golden age of the mining industry of the Canigó massif. Abandoned since 1931, the Pinosa colony was subsequently the scene of fighting between the Henri-Barbusse maquis and the German occupier, on August 2 and 3, 1944\. It was against the walls of the canteen of the Pinosa that Julien Panchot, captain FTPT of the maquis was then shot. Exceptionally well preserved industrial heritage, the site has also become a high place of memory in the department of Pyrénées-Orientales.

Access: Parking at the Col de Palomeres (Valmanya). 2 hours hike.

Colonie minière de la Pinosa © B. Fort - Canigó Grand Site