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Pla de Barrès: an ideal excursion with children in the French Pyrenees

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The calm waters of the Têt river

One of the most popular excursions in the valleys of the French Pyrenees it is the ascent to the Carlit or a walk by the lake of the Bulloses. However, during the summer months the influx of tourists is very high and they close the car flow to a parking lot quite far from the destination and instead offer vans as a taxi.

However, around the peak of Carlit there are several options less frequented as the ascension to the lake of Font Viva or a Quiet walk through the Pla de Barrès just without unevenness that we will tell you next.

To visit the Pla de Barrès, we leave the car in the Bolquère parking that we can easily see on the left on the D-618 road between the towns of Font Romeu and Mont-Louis. We prepare with the baby in tow to make a route of approximately 8 kilometers following largely the course of the river Têt and with a drop of not even 200 meters in total.

The road goes through the forest offering a pleasant shade during the summer months. The path is duly indicated, without loss, and even in some areas you will see wooden bridges or stairs that facilitate the work when the rains overflow the river.

A few kilometers away we saw on our right the camping du Pla de Barrès. An ideal place for those who sacrifice the comfort of a bungalow for the true nature.

During a large part of the tour the river appears in several curves and we saw a good number of people enjoying a good bath. The riverbed is quite wide and offers areas where the water is calm offering small swimming pools ideal for swimming.

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