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Beautiful sandy beaches
Wide sandy beaches dominate the coastline of Roussillon, stretching south from Narbonne in the north to Argelés-sur-Mer in the south. The nearest beaches are 20 to 30 minutes drive from the house.
The rocky coves of the Côte Vermeille complete the stretch of coastline to the Spanish border, providing a beautiful alternative to the wide sandy beaches further north. The Phoenicians and Greeks first established the picturesque seaport of Collioure with it's sheltered beaches and pretty harbours. In the early 20th century Collioure became a center of artistic activity, with several famous artists making it their meeting place including amongst others Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
View south from the summit of Pic Canigou
The mountains of the Pyrenees represent one of the most beautiful alpine landscapes in the world. Within just over an hour's drive from the house you can be scaling 3000-metre peaks or exploring fantastic deep river gorges. At just under 2800 metres the stunning mountain of Pic Canigou rises dramatically from the coastal plain, dominating the surrounding area.
There are multiple stunning river gorges within an easy drive of the house. Gorge de Caranca is about a 45-minute drive up the Têt valley and is not for the faint-hearted offering an exciting adventure along high cliff paths with metal bridges and walkways suspended in the sheer rock face. Others such as the Gorge du Galumus provide idyllic settings for either swimming or exciting gorge walks.
Ski resorts in the Pyrenees
The largest ski resort, Les Angles, is just 1 hour 15 minutes drive from the house. Covering a wide area, the resort offers a good selection of pistes for all abilities, up to 2150 metres. There are also a number of other resorts, of varying size. The Pyrenees has 100s of kilometres of spectacular cross-country skiing trails. Les Formiguères alone offers 100km of cross-country trails and is only 1 hour 20 minutes drive from the house.
The medieval city of Carcassonne
The citadel of Carcassonne with its fairy-tale towers and narrow cobbled streets has a spectacular setting. It is one of the finest walled cities in Europe and is full of history stretching back to 6th century BC. It can be reached via the A9 autoroute in about an hour from the house.
The Little Yellow Train
The 'Train Jaune' travels up the Tet valley via a scenic narrow-gauge railway across high viaducts and steep mountainsides to the highest railway station in Europe at Bolquèr.
The Cathars were a heretical sect which existed in the Middle Ages in the then independent Languedoc. They were destroyed by a violent crusade authorised by the Pope and led by Simon de Montford. All that remains of their heroic struggles are the dramatically located castles built on high rocky sites all over the region which give commanding views of the forests and plains below. Some of our favourites are Queribus, Peryperteuse and Puilarens all within a 45 min drive of the house.
Perpignan is a vibrant city with French, Spanish and North African influence. Its excellent restaurants, cosmopolitan cafes and exclusive shops are only a 15 minute drive from the house. You can also watch the local Catalan Dragons take on the many English Super League teams!
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