VisitaPau proposes 4 itineraries to discover the natural and cultural heritage of Vila de Pau.
Each of the routes offers different levels of reading and different ways to approach the contents of the visit.
You will be able to find audio guides of the different routes.
Route 1. Stones and Dolmens
Cultural itinerary through the megalithic and geological heritage of the Sierra de Rodes
The megalithic monuments preserved in Pau are a testament to the history of the settlement in this place dating back thousands of years. What the life of these first settlers was like and the history of the study of megaliths are the focus of this itinerary. The visit includes different prehistoric funerary spaces and cultural expressions from the Neolithic period.
Route 2. Way of the Pilgrims
Cultural itinerary along a medieval path from Pau to the White Cross.
This itinerary starts from the church of Sant Martí and follows part of the path that since the Middle Ages connects the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes with the village of Pau, following the Camino de Sant Jaume. It is a wide, well-paved road that has been used for human and livestock traffic since ancient times.
Route 3. The cultivated land
A route to discover the traditional crops of the vineyard and the olive tree, Pau’s main economic engine.
Pau’s agricultural culture is very important and is based mainly on the intensive exploitation of the vineyard and the olive tree. From these crops emerge high quality wines and oils that have as their center of production and redistribution the agricultural cooperative, the beginning of this journey.
Associated with the cultivation of the land, there are many constructions made with the drywall technique, typical of this place.
Route 4. Cortals, ponds and enclosures
Itinerary through the plain and the old lake, an area of great natural and landscape interest.
The route enters the wetlands of Pau where alternating intermittent ponds, fences -closed lands for grazing cows and horses- and farmhouses that occupy the banks of ancient ponds, which explain how over the centuries s ‘have gained land at sea for agricultural use.
In this environment you can see a good number of animal and plant species typical of wetlands.