1 - 2 hour Walks
Aubaïgues (sometimes spelled Aubaygues and pronounced "oh-by-eeg") is a pretty hamlet, part of the St Etienne de Gourgas commune, and takes its Occitan name from the white flood waters (alba aigua) which swell the Aubaîgues stream after heavy rain.
Leave by the bottom gate, turn left and follow the track to the village. The large building dominating the village is the remains of a fortified chateau dating from the 11c. Although it is unfortunately not open to the public, the 12c romanesque chapel of St Michel just below its walls is worth a visit. Look for the light switch beyond the central pillar on the left.
Returning towards home, after passing the water course and the vegetable gardens, you will see a path rising uphill to your right. Marked with green blobs, this is an ancient mule track by which the villagers reached their higher terraces and fields. After climbing for 10 minutes, the track turns sharply left and continues uphill through a clearing until it meets a main forest road. Turn left, pass around a fallen pine tree and wooden barrier and follow the forest road back down to the top, pedestrian, gate of the domaine.
Roc de l'Eglise**
This is a lovely walk with marvelous views.
Leave by the top gate, turn right and after 100m, at the fork, turn right uphill. Follow this forest road until you reach another fork at Mas Caisso by a small stone shed. Follow the road to the left, climbing higher, until it levels out and passes eastwards below the cliff face. You will pass by a massive rock island, isolated to the left of the road which is known as the Roc de l'église; Further on, when the road meets a forest road labelled LOE3, turn left and descend steeply until you reach the lower forest track, LOE2. Turn left to return to the domaine.