THE CERDAGNE is situated at an average altitude of 1 200 m (3,900 feet), and enjoys an exceptional amount of sunshine. Dominated by the Carlit Mountain, this is a region boasting remarkable lakes such as the Bouillouses and the Lanoux Lakes. The flora and luscious forests offer some magnificent landscapes to hikers, and the iconic Little Yellow Train provides a different way of discovering the Cerdagne.
Mont-Louis - Site de visite historique inscrit au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO
At an altitude of 1600m Mont Louis is the highest fortified town in France. The town is situated at the crossroads of the Cerdagne, the Capcir and the Conflent. The building of the renowned citadel commenced in 1679, under the guidance of Vauban and was inaugurated in1881. Since 2008 it is considered one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The Porte de France (Gateway of France), only access to the town, opens out onto some attractive shops, the 18th century Saint Louis church and the Puits des Forçats (the Convicts’ Well).
VISIT the first solar oven in the world using a double reflection.
Font-Romeu - Séjours et tourisme au paradis des sportifs
The first chalets of the resort were built in 1903, at an altitude of 1800 m. 10 years later, the luxurious Grand Hotel was built and attracted a number of world renown personalities as well as stars up until the 1930s. Modernisation followed with the installation of the first ski lifts in 1937. Today, there are over 150 km of ski runs (downhill and Nordic ski trails) and many other activities based on snow have appeared, such as on snowmobiles, dog sledging, or snowshoeing... In summer, there are many different activities too, based on the discovery of a varied and preserved nature. The town is known for its climate and clean air, and so in 1967 it created the National Altitude Training Centre and has become very popular not just with French athletes but also sports men and women from around the world who come to train – hoping to win international trophies…
VISIT nearby, the 17th century Hermitage chapel with its reredos signed by Joseph Sunyer and the magnificent “camaril“ (dedicated to the virgin).
Saillagouse - Tourisme gastronomique, musée et séjours culturels en Catalogne
Saillagouse is at the heart of the Natural Park in the Catalan Pyrenees. It benefits from its proximity to the ski resorts and, in summer, is in an ideal location for wonderful hikes through the upper valley of the Sègre or in the valleys of Eyne, Err and Llo. First mentioned in 839AD, Saillagouse boasts the Saint Eugenia church which was consecrated in 913 and is recognisable thanks to the bell-tower, added in 1757. Before this, the church had undergone a number of modifications in the 12th, 13th and 18th centuries but still bears traces of Romanesque and Baroque influences. It was the headquarters of the Cerdagne ‘viguerie’ (mediaeval administrative court) in 1660, and was known for its pottery which still takes pride of place at local events, along side a reputed artisan gastronomy. It is also the birthplace of Alexandre Oliva (1823-1890), a renowned sculptor, and Jordi Pere Cerdà (1920-2011), poet, playwright and a fervent defender of everything Catalan.
Le Musée de la Charcuterie Cerdane
Discover the trade of charcuterie handed down from one generation to the next. There are videos and an exhibition room as well as an exceptional drier for 1500 hams. The charcuterie knowledge that has been maintained by the BONZOM family who are proud to present a tasty array of home-made charcuterie that you can purchase from their self-service shop: a visit is highly recommended !