Places to Visit
|The Cerdagne and Capcir are beautiful
high-altitude plateaux from where most of the skiing begins in the
From the Vauban fort of Mont Louis (1500 metres) the Cerdagne descends to the Spanish frontier and the border town of Puig Cerda (1200 metres) before rising again to the principality and tax-free haven of Andorra. Although a popular destination in both winter and summer it has lost none of its rural charm and should not be missed.
|Perhaps the best way to view the mountain scenery is from
the Red and Yellow train which begins its ascent at the medieval town of
Villefranche de Conflent and terminates at Le Tour de Carol.
The Capcir is more rugged than the Cerdagne and is the start for many beautiful mountain walks. In addition, there are numerous lakes which offer all manner of water sports and some of the ski resorts open there lifts during the summer making mountain access easier.
We know the area and will be delighted to show you how to make the most of this beautiful country.
|Perpignan The regional capital of
Perpignan is only thirty minutes by car and has many shops, cafes and
bars as well as several impressive churches and other sites of historic
Some of the many other places of interest in the area are listed below:
|Corneilla de Conflent||1½ kms||A typical Catalan village: 11th. - 12th.
Century Romanesque church.
Fete - 14/15/16th August.
Boulangerie, post office, alimentation.
|Caves - Les Grandes Canalettes||3½ kms||Large limestone caves with guided tours.
Special arrangements for potholing.
|Vernet les Bains||4 kms||Edwardian spa; sports hall, swimming pools,
tennis, riding school, night club.
Summer programme of free entertainment includes fireworks, open air dancing, circus, concerts, displays of Catalan dancing and lectures on subjects of local interest.
Banks, post office, shops and supermarket.
|Villefranche de Conflent||4 kms||A complete fortified Vauban town circa 1092
with ramparts, 12th.-14th. Century merchants' town houses, coats of
arms, ornamental gateways.
In summer many of these buildings become shops for local crafts; ironwork, weaving, ceramics.
The Red and Yellow Train starts from here: a narrow gauge electric railway with open carriages climbing 80 kms. across the mountains to the Spanish border.
|St. Martin du Canigou||8 kms||A restored abbey built in 1001. Its' crypt, tower, Romanesque cloisters, Byzantine ornamentation and marble tomb of the founder Guifred, Count of the Cerdagne, are classic examples of the Post Moorish Christian expansion.|
|Prades||10 kms||Market on Tuesday mornings.
Pablo Casals music festival.
|Mount Canigou||12 kms||National Park, jeep trips, rivers and cascades, fishing, climbing, camping and refuges for overnight stops.|
|Vinca||15 kms||Fresh water lake - swimming, pedalloes, windsurfing.|
|Hot Springs||20 kms|
|Font Romeu||40 kms||Solar furnace, ski resorts, lakes and forests.|
|Perpignan||50 kms||Smart shops, museums, chocolate factory, hypermarkets.|
|Tautavel||55 kms||Museum of Man - contains some of the oldest European remains.|
|Mediterranean Beaches||60 kms||St. Cyprien, Collioure, Argeles.|
|Ceret||65 kms||Art museum - Picasso, Miro, Chagall.|
|Castles & Fortresses||75 kms||Cathars - Puilaurens, Queribus, Peyrepertuse.|
|Andorra||120 kms||Magnificent alpine scenery, duty free shops.|