La Girada is a mountain lodge in the village of Mantet at 1500m altitude, tucked into a lost valley in the Pyrenean mountains between the Canigou and Carança. The landscape that offers you the Col of Mantet confirms your arrival in a rare and extraordinary site. The hostel offers accommodation and meals for 20 people and will be your base for exploring this exceptional territory.
Description of Gïte d'étape La Girada Gite :La Girada is a mountain lodge in the village of Mantet, at 1500m altitude, tucked into a lost valley in the Pyrenean mountains between the Canigou and Carança. This is where La Girada welcomes you and will be the basis from which you can explore this exceptional area.
The hostel offers accommodation for 20 residents. Guests can stay just one night as they pass through or for a week or two to really explore the region.
La Girada's cuisine is inspired by Mediterranean traditions.
In the Spring we enhance our dishes with vegetables and herbs gathered from the mountains. In summer, we gorge ourselves on our home-grown vegetables For your stay we have enough rooms for two or more persons, with communal showers and toilets. The house is built from local stone and, despite its rustic look, offers all comforts. On the ground floor is the communal living room. Here are an open fire and a sitting area scattered with cushions. You can take it easy here, read a book or play the guitar whatever you choose.
There are no shortage of things to do both in, and around, the village as well as hikes and treks to be made further afield.
Above all, LA GIRADA is a haven of peace in a village which is, literally, at the end of the road. People come to Mantet to experience the sort of peace that can only be found in Shangri-La: no cars, no noise, clear starry nights, long sun-filled days and the cool, crisp environment of the high mountains.
Directions to Gïte d'étape La GiradaMantet is located in the Eastern Pyrenees, half way between Perpignan and Andorra. It is easiest to go via Perpignan.
From Perpignan you take the RN116 towards Prades and Andorra. At Prades you follow signs for the small Vauban-fortified village of Villefranche-de-Conflent. Shortly after skirting around the outside of Villefranche you'll see a left-hand turn signposted Fuilla, Sahorre, Py and Mantet on the D6.
There is still a half-hour journey up a narrow, winding road before arriving at the Col de Mantet from which you descend to the village. As you arrive in the village you will be directed to the parking area from where you must continue on foot.. You will find our gîte in the lower part of the village to your left.
Perpignan is served by both mainline trains and the TGV. From here you reach Mantet via a local train to Villefranche-de-Conflent and then a 30-minute taxi ride.
Mantet is a popular stop on several official footpaths, including the “Tour du Canigou” and the GR10… between Canigou and Carança.
Perpignan is the nearest airport. Slightly further are Carcassonne, Girona, Beziers and Montpellier. All have daily flights to and from various European cities.
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