Canigó, December 2004
|Elevation||2,784 m (9,134 ft)|
|Prominence||550 m (1,804 ft)|
|First ascent||According to tradition, in 1285 by Peter III of Aragon|
Trekking and sightseeing
Spectacular jeep tracks on the north side of the massif lead to the Chalet de Cortalets (at 2150 m.) which is a popular outpost for walkers.
This mountain has symbolical significance for Catalan people. On its summit there is a cross that is often decorated with the Catalan flag. Every year on 23 June, the night before St. John's day (nit de Sant Joan), there is a ceremony called Flama del Canigó (Canigou Flame), where a fire is lit at the mountaintop. People keep a vigil during the night and take torches lit on that fire in a spectacular torch relay to light bonfires somewhere else. Some estimates conclude that about 30,000 bonfires are lit in this way all over Catalonia on that night.
- Lo Canigó és una magnòlia immensa
- que en un rebrot del Pirineu se bada;
- per abelles té fades que la volten,
- per papallons los cisnes i les àligues.
- Formen son càlzer escarides serres
- que plateja l’hivern i l’estiu daura,
- grandiós beire on beu olors l’estrella,
- los aires rellentor, los núvols aigua.
- Les boscúries de pins són sos bardissos,
- los Estanyols ses gotes de rosada,
- i és son pistil aqueix palau aurífic,
- somni d’aloja que del cel davalla. (p. 27-28)
Meaning: The Canigó is an immense magnolia
- that blooms in an offshoot of the Pyrenees;
- its bees are the fairies that surround it,
- and its butterflies the swans and the eagles.
- Its cup are jagged mountain chains,
- colored in silver by the winter and in gold by the summer,
- huge cup where the star drinks fragrances, the airs freshness and the clouds water.
- The pine forests are its hedges and the ponds its dew drops,
- and its pistil is that golden palace,
- seen by the nymph in her dreams descending from heaven.
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