THE SMUGGLERS’ TRAIL
Smuggling is part of our culture.
The mugglers’ Trail: In the past, everyday smuggling - illegal, audacious, full of risk - was part of our culture in the Cerdagne region. The Smugglers’ Trail sets out to recall the not-so-distant times when it helped the people of the Cerdagne to survive, for better or worse. There were as many smuggling routes as there were smugglers, who also had to change them often to evade the omnipresent customs checks. We’ve chosen one from Osséja, on La Vanera, to Castellar de n’Hug, near the source of that most Catalan of rivers, the Llobregat. Springs, forests, passes, vast hillsides, peaks adorned with the odd triangulation point, all the most varied facets of the Cerdagne mountains are here in abundance for those reliving the smuggling experience of days gone by.
Car park: at Osséja town hall
WORTH A DETOUR!
By drawing a border right in the middle of the historic, geographical and human unit of the Cerdagne region, the great European states managed to create a nest of smuggling here. With fourteen kilometres of frontier, the enclave of Llívia offers endless possibilities which were long exploited, but the other ways were well-used, too. Everybody in the Cerdagne region has engaged in domestic smuggling at one time or another to get everyday consumer goods that military, political or climatic circumstances have made scarce on one side or the other of the border. Networks also existed for a more lucrative illicit trade in animals, goods and a range of merchandise, to supplement often inadequate income from farming or crafts. Real fortunes could be made from large-scale trafficking controlled by organisations that went beyond our mountains, extending to the provincial capitals.
- Difference in height
- 242.45 m
- 242 meters of difference in height