From the Albères mountain range to the coastal paths and ‘réserve naturelle’ of Mas Larrieu, Argelès has some amazingly contrasting landscapes. Here’s a chance to go off the beaten path with a guided tour for all, organised by the town of Argelès-sur-Mer.

As usual, PO Life brings you walks, restaurant reviews, recipes, airport news, French and English language exercises, silly jokes, days out…… and a host of talented guest writers who have volunteered (or been volunteered) to be your personal guides around the region.

The first midsummer fire on Canigou in modern times was lit on 23 June 1955 by Francois Poujade and fellow USAP rugby fanatics – both to celebrate his birthday and Perpignan’s victory over FC Lourdes in the Yves du Manoir Challenge cup.

Céret has long been a stronghold for contemporary and modern art. Heralded as a Mecca for cubism, greats such as Picasso and Matisse would come to draw inspiration from the spectacular scenery and tap into the unique, creative energies of the area.

Rising prices of butter, one of the main ingredients for a tasty croissant, means that quality croissants are becoming more expensive to make and bakers are struggling to make a decent profit. Could this be the end of the croissant as we know it?

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