THE VALLESPIR is recognised for its thermal spas, and internationally renowned thanks to Céret and its Museum of Modern Art. Nature abounds with luscious forests and the extraordinary Gorges de la Fou. Nowadays, the Bear Fetes demonstrate the inhabitants’ attachment to their Catalan culture and to their ancestral traditions.
Le Boulou - Tourisme, culture et thermalisme en Catalogne
Trace the history of the Le Boulou at the Casa del Voló. See the magnificent doorway to the 10th century Saint Marie church sculpted by the Master of Cabestany. Learn about the Battle of Le Boulou which took place on the Play del Ray plateau in 1794. Historic developments like the growth of the cork industry and the use of thermal baths – known since the Middle Ages – are some of questions answered in this cultural site which is open to the public.
VISIT the Arts Space.
LOOK AT the statue of the Little Drummer Boy, the Saint Antoine chapel (1417),
the 832 kg bell and the Quadrangular Tower.
Céret - Musée d’Art Moderne et sites de visites culturels majeurs
Whenever there are popular public events, a festive atmosphere runs through Céret with the bold Catalan colours in evidence everywhere. The Fête de la Cerise (Cherry Fete), Vespérales (summer evening markets), The Féria, and the renown Sardane Festival... just some of the events and celebrations during the year. See its rich historical heritage such as the Spanish and French Gateways (former 13th century fortifications), the elegant but robust Pont du Diable (Devil’s bridge) that has crossed the Tech River since 1321; finally the “9 jets fountain” built in 1313. The town can boast two famous statues... Aristide Maillol’s “La Douleur” (The Pain) from 1922... and Manolo’s “Catalane Assise” (Sitting down Catalan woman) from 1923. These two renowned artists have certainly left their mark on the town. Ceret is resolutely turned towards popular culture in all its forms.
VISIT the Saint-Pierre church (914-1779) with its unique architecture reflecting the different Roussillon styles.
VISIT the exhibition space at La Capelleta – dedicated mainly to local artists.
LOOK AT the 13th century Saint Ferreol chapel nearby.
Le Musée d’Art Moderne
Founded in 1950, Ceret’s Museum of Modern Art is renowned internationally and the town is called the “Mecca of Cubism“. Today it is considered an international reference to Modern Art, featuring works by such artists as Picasso, Matisse, and Chagall, to name but three.
Amélie-les-Bains - Séjour thermal et site naturel préservé des Pyrénées-Orientales
Amélie-les-Bains where there were already very sought after thermal baths under the Roman occupation, and became even larger with the construction of the Mondony Thermal Baths in 1840.
LOOK AT the 17th century bastioned fort, the 16th century Rosaire chapel and the Romanesque church of Saint Martin in Palada which was redesigned in the 12th century.
VISIT the Palalda museums.
WALK in the green vegetation of the Mondony Valley.
Arles-sur-Tech - Monument culturel incontournable de Catalogne
The fabulous 13th century cloister in the Languedoc-Gothic style, can be found in the abbey founded in 778AD, placing it as the oldest Carolingian abbey in Catalonia. The current church, built in 820AD and dedicated to Saint Marie, is a magnificent Romanesque work of art.
LOOK AT the Sainte Tombe (an Early Christian sarcophagus dated from around the 4th century), the 12th-17th century Saint-Sauveur church, Conservatoire des Tissages d’Arles (explanation of Arles’ weaving), and the must-visit... the Gorges de la Fou.
MUST-SEE VISIT: the traditional Fête de l’Ours (Bear Fete in February).
Saint-Laurent-de-Cerdans - Tourisme culturel à la rencontre des traditions catalanes
The Maison du Patrimoine et de la Mémoire André Abet (the André Abet Home of Heritage and Memory) allows the discovery of Saint Laurent De Cerdans, notably through its secular traditions such as weavering and the creation of espadrilles. When many villages were nicknamed “Contraband Republic” this know-how shone its industry into the 19th century and even today is known internationally thanks to the workshops of the Toiles du Soleil and Création Catalane. With its peaceful setting, at the heart of the Green Valley, and the facilities available (swimming pool, tennis courts, 18 hole golf course very nearby) the village has some definite advantages. All the events organised are also the occasion to affirm one’s Catalan culture – through gastronomy, traditional music and dancing.
LOOK AT the 12th century Saint Laurent church and the 17th-18th century Notre Dame De La Sort chapel.
DISCOVER: The famous artisan charcuteries from the Maison NOU are not to be missed.
A MUST-SEE VISIT: the traditional Bear Fete in February.
- • Produits de qualité
- • Restaurant
- • Boucherie
- • Charcuterie artisanale
- • Salle - Terrasses
- • Elevage familial plein air & bio
- • Production de vin
- • Table paysanne
- • Produits de la ferme
- • Grillades
- • Paniers gourmands
Prats-de-Mollo - Visite historique et séjour bien-être en Pyrénées-Orientales
Mentioned in writings as early as the 9th century, the church of Saint Just and Saint Ruffin (rebuilt in the 13th and 17th centuries), participated in the creation of the village. The 14th century fortifications were reinforced by Vauban in the 17th century – who also built the Lagarde Fort, capable of resisting artillery. After having based its economy on textile, the town developed further thanks to its thermal baths.
LOOK AT the furnishings and the décor of the chapel Saint Just and Saint Ruffin.
VISIT the exhibition halls and the multimedia area in the Lagarde Fort.
PANORAMA from the 13th-14th century Mir Tower, just takes your breath away.
NOT TO BE MISSED: the traditional Bear Fete in February.
NEARBY discover the 12th-13th century hermitage Notre Dame Du Coral.
Le Perthus - Visite d’un monument historique majeur de Catalogne
Originally made up of sheds for the customs officers, the village developed around the frontier with Spain, decided upon in 1659 (Treaty of the Pyrenees). The two countries are now only separated by the Avenue de France. Le Perthus is renowned for its 60,000 sq m of shops and shopping centres open 7 days a week. It is also possible to walk to some local attractive historical sites.
MUST-SEE VISIT: of the Bellegarde Fort, an important 17th century military building designed by Vauban.
LOOK AT the Panissars site and the Pompey Trophy (1st century BC).
Produits de qualité
Salle - Terrasses
Elevage familial plein air & bio
Production de vins
Produits de la ferme