Why you will love the Pyrénées Orientales
Close to the border of France and Spain, the Pyrénées Orientales in the Languedoc Rousillon is also known as Northern Catalunya with a strong regional identity - customs, gastronomy, architecture, even language. It possesses a strong and authentic historical and cultural heritage and the art scene is vibrant with numerous festivals and exhibitions throughout the year. It has colour and passion ! The area is officially proclaimed to have more than 300 days of sunshine a year.
Catalunya is ideal for families, walkers, beach enthusiasts, art lovers, history buffs and people who appreciate great weather, food and wine!
This region has two distinctive characters for visitors - the coastal region on the Mediterranean and the inland section as it extends into the foothills of the Pyrenées mountains. Both have some interesting highlights and both parts are within easy reach..
Try captivating Collioure, Banyuls-sur-Mer, or Paulilles (a protected ecological reserve),... along the Vermillion Coast (or Côte Vermeille). Famous artists and writers, the likes of Patrick O’Brien or even Matisse, have long been inspired by the beauty of this area.
If you like spending summertime in the wilderness, hiking, fishing and climbing, the local mountains offer a load of activities. And of course, in the winter you have the ski resort Font-Romeu.
If rolling hills and rivers are more your thing, visit the foothills and their fortified towns of Villefranche de Conflent, Eus, Evol, and Castelnou. They’re all classified among the most beautiful villages of France !
So if you dream of discovering a region with clear skies, blue sea, majestic mountains and rich cultures, you might be dreaming of the Pyrenées-Orientales. Come see how you like France’s southernmost paradise !
Fort St Elme
The Pyrénées Orientales, a Mediterranean paradise where sandy beaches, beautiful mountains and the warm golden rays of sun await you... Between the landscapes, the legacies, the festivals, the markets, the food, and the wine, this holiday heaven has it all.