Mediaeval Remains

Pont de Les Molines

Cami ramader (countryside paths), Orris (shepherds' shelters), signposted tours

The archeological heritage of Eyne

Created in 1988 by the Archaeological Research Group Cerdanya, this walk commencing in Eyne village lets visitors discover its cultural heritage. Amongst all the villages of the Cerdagne valley, Eyne has one of the richest archeological heritages.

SOME EXAMPLES: Lou Pou Dolmen. Excavated in the 1980’s, this small megalithic burial chamber (2000 years BC), without a stone cover, has been utilised twice.  At it’s most inner point under horizontal stone slabs charred human bones were discovered.

Pascarets Dolmen. Constructed in the centre of a burial mound, this megalithic monument uncovered numerous grave goods including soapstone and glass paste pearls and relics of necklaces that adorned the deceased.

The shepherds' shelters

An orri is an ancient shelter of mountainous areas. In the Pyrenees-Oriental, up to the middle of the 20th century, the Catalan term ‘orri’ was used in the broad sense for an area of sheep pasture and also for an uncovered shelter. Following the misinterpretation concerning this expression, it was deemed the term orri would only be used in the architectural sense: hence the term dry stone sheep shelter of the Conflent.
You will find the nicest orris in the villages of Formiguères, La Llagonne and Saint-Pierre-dels-Forcats.

Creu Tower

Towards the end of the 9th century, influenced by St Jacques de Jocou Abbey, in Razès, the Count began to construct churches in the Capcir. The idea was to unite the mountain population around these religious buildings. In 965 the Creu Tower appeared for the first time under the name of Villa Cruce.

The village was still inhabited in the 19th century, but gradually it was abandoned in favour of other villages. Nowadays only a few walls of the Tower and main house remain with abandoned crop terraces.

You can see the remains of " Signal Towers " in La Llagonne, Matemale (Creu Tower) and below Mont-Louis (Ovença) which served during the conflict between Aragon and Majorca.

Pour en savoir plus sur l'histoire de la Tour de Creu 

‘To learn more about the history of Creu Tower’

Roman bridges of the Galbe

Next to the D118 road, you can see one of these bridges. Constructed on the Roman road linking Alet to Llivia, there are no remains from this period, even though this road was used and maintained for centuries.  The Roman bridges of the Gaube are well preserved. You often read "Roman bridges " however many of these bridges were more recently constructed using the same building technique.