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There are a wealth of things to do in the area. Your trips can be arranged into events that take say an hour to a full days outing. Many of the attractions are only about 30 minutes drive from La Maison. Here is a listing of many of the sites in terms of the approx time it will take to get there and back. Sites can be arranged into various groups, depending on what you wish to see. For instance the Pyrenees Orientales offers the following; Castles & Chateaus, Monasterys, Abbeys & Priories, Markets & fairs, Wineries, beaches, parks, scenic drives, natual wonders, shopping, towns & cities in France, towns & cities in Spain etc. Many of the neaby attractions are just off the N116 that goes from Perpignan to Andorra. All descriptions below are courtesy of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia . All photos © Jon Davison 2014.

 
The village of Eus

South-facing and drenched in the warm Catalan sunlight, meteorological readings support Eus' claim to be one of the sunniest locations in France.

A medieval village, full of ancient passageways and cobbled paths, Eus combines breath-taking vistas of the Conflent valley and sacred Canigou mountain with a window into the historical past of this fascinating corner of France and Catalonia.

5 minutes on the N116 to Andorra

The Natural forations of Les Orgues


The Orgues of Ille sur Tet, on the left bank of the river are more precisely what the geographers called the « bad lands », and the « fairy chimneys ». They result from the sculpture of running water – erosion of the rocks in weak formations. Thus, pipes of giant organs appear, the walls cut into columns where the horizontal lines show the different layers of the rocks which are highlighted by the vertical position of the formations.

10 minutes near
Ille-sur-Tet

The Medieval walled town of Villefranche-de-Conflent

The medieval walled town of Villefranche-d-Conflent is about 20 minutes away on the N119 to Andorra. Villefranche-de-Conflent (Catalan: Vilafranca de Conflent) is historically a town in the Conflent region of Catalonia, and now a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. The original town dates from 1098, and was fortified because of its strategic position in lands that changed hands between French and Spanish occupation.
http://www.villefranchedeconflent.com/content/view/5/27/lang,en/

Fort Liberia high up above Villefranche – is a wonderful walk up the steps within the mountain and worth the guided talk. http://www.fortified-places.com/liberia.html

about 25 minutes away

Serrabone Priory



Coordinates: 42.581°N 2.614°E Serrabone Priory (French: Prieuré de Serrabone; Catalan: Santa Maria de Serrabona) is a former monastery of Canons Regular in the commune of Boule-d'Amont, in Pyrénées-Orientales. The priory is located in a wild and beautiful area in the valley of the Boulès in the heart of an oak forest, at the centre of the Aspres mountain range on the eastern foothills of the Canigou, about 30 km from Perpignan.

It is famous for its splendid marble rostrum from the 12th century, regarded as a masterpiece of Romanesque art.

 
The Byrrh Museum in Thuir
Created by the Violet brothers from Thuir in 1873, and otherwise known as ’vin tonique et hygiénique au quinquina’, Byrrh used to be a world renowned Catalan apéritif. The brothers apparently started off as travelling salesmen, selling various things including ’tonic’. With the arrival of the railway in Perpignan in 1858, they saw the chance to take full advantage of the new industry that it brought to the region, and put together the recipe for Byrrh, which was to become famous throughout the world. It is created from good quality Roussillon wines and quinine water, and said to be medicinal. If you visit Thuir, take a tour of the Byrrh winery, which takes in what they claim is the largest wooden vat in the world.
 
Le Petit Train Jaune
The Little Yellow Train of the Pyrenees is one of the great railway journeys of the world – a historic metre-gauge electric railway in the French Pyrenees, opened in 1909, and still going strong. The line rises through dramatic scenery from an altitude of 427 metres at its lower terminus at Villefranche de Conflent, to a summit at Bolquère Eyne, France’s highest railway station, lying at an altitude of 1592 metres (5226 ft) above sea level. It then drops down to a high Pyrenean valley, to its terminus at Latour de Carol.

http://www.travelperpignan.com/the-petit-train-jaune-little-yellow-train/

about 25 minutes away

Mt Canigou

The Canigou (French pronunciation: ​[kaniɡu]; Catalan: Canigó, el. 2,784.66 m./9137 ft.) is a mountain located in the Pyrenees of southern France. Due to its sharp flanks and its dramatic location close to the coast, until the 18th century the Canigou was believed to be the highest mountain in the Pyrenees.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canigou

 

 
Collioure, Spain
Collioure was taken in 1642 by the French troops of Maréchal de la Meilleraye. A decade later, the town was officially surrendered to France by the 1659 Treaty of Pyrenees. Because of its highly strategic importance, the town's fortifications, the Château Royal de Collioure and the Fort Saint-Elme stronghold, were improved by the military engineer Vauban during the reign of Louis XIV. Nevertheless, Collioure was besieged and occupied by the Spanish troops in 1793, marking the last Spanish attempt to take the city. The blockade was broken a year later by general Jacques François Dugommier.
45 mins drive

St Martin du Canigou

Martin-du-Canigou (also Saint-Martin-du-Canigou or just Canigou; Catalan: Sant Martí del Canigó) is a monastery built in 1009 in the Pyrenees on Canigou mountain in present day southern France near the Spanish border.
Abbaye St Martin du Canigou
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin-du-Canigou
Images: http://www.google.com.au/images?q=st+martin+du+canigou&hl=en-AU&gbv=2&oq=st+martin+du+ca&gs_l=img.1.0.0j0i5j0i24l2.32016.35110.0.36704.15.14.0.0.0.0.422.2093.2-6j1j1.8.0....0...1ac.1.24.img..7.8.2093.8PXBFTqb-s4

 

Perpignan

http://www.travelperpignan.com/
Sights & Activities around Perpignan
http://www.travelperpignan.com/category/what-to-see/sights-activities/

 

 

World’s largest solar furnace

 

World’s largest solar furnace (Odeillo – Little Yellow Train)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_furnace
Images: http://www.google.com.au/images?q=odeillo+solar+furnace&hl=en-AU&gbv=2&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ei=s5EAUtveBM7akgXY74GoBg&ved=0CCcQsAQ

 

Rodes village

 

Best of Rodes Guide
http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/QuickGuide-g3147858-Rodes_Pyrenees_Orientales_Languedoc_Roussillon.html

Le Rabassou Restaurant - 10 Chemin de Domanova | Rodes, 66320 Rodes, France
04 68 05 95 66

 

 

Peyrepertuse Castle

Peyrepertuse Castle
http://www.catharcastles.info/peyrepertuse.php?key=peyrepertuse

 

Queribus Castle

http://www.catharcastles.info/queribus.php?key=queribus

 

Prades

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prades,_Pyr%C3%A9n%C3%A9es-Orientales
Note – large market every Thursday morning in Prades

 

 
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