Every year, since 1955, a fire has been lit at the top of Canigó. 2022 will not have failed in tradition, nearly 80 people were present.

It was in 1955, on the initiative of a certain François Pujade (Arlesian by profession), that the first “Canigó fire” was lit on June 22 at midnight. Since then, not a year without a blaze on the same date and in the same place. This year again, while the mountain falls asleep and the izards graze peacefully on the steep slopes, an unusual agitation reigns at the Cortalets refuge.

The flame sleeps all year round at Castillet

Twenty-two hours, the sun definitively draws its reverence, the night settles. But suddenly one, two, then three, ten, thirty lights appear in single file, along the path leading to the summit. A garland that stretches step by step in the scree that covers the upper part of the peak. Little by little, laughter, faces that appear, it is people from all over Catalonia who come to look for the flame.

The flame, mounted from Perpignan, stops at Les Cortalets.

The flame, mounted from Perpignan, stops at Les Cortalets.
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This flame which sleeps all year round at Castillet and which will be regenerated. Nearly eighty people thus gather at the peak. Shortly before midnight, we cover ourselves, we eat, the photos near the summit cross follow one another. Fans wait for the moment T in the ambient cool at 2784 meters above sea level. Midnight, a manifesto written by Elise Climent (famous Catalan writer) is read.

The flame will be lowered in storm lamps.

The flame will be lowered in storm lamps.
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Next, the bundles deposited at the peak during the previous week are lit. Songs are sung and the Saint-Jean festivities are officially launched. Each village or region representative collects a flame which he will lower and distribute to light the bonfires from the evening of the 23rd.

Enthusiasts wait for nightfall to climb the summit.

Enthusiasts wait for nightfall to climb the summit.
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