Built on the banks of the river Tech, surrounded by mountains, Prats de Mollo was one of the most important border towns in the area, and today still boasts much evidence of its rich and glorious past; architectural and traditional. During February, two events traditionally take place at Prats, delighting all who attend, and causing visitors to return year after year: la fête de l’ours (the day of the bear) and ‘Carnaval’.

The bear festival of Arles sur Tech is acted out as a living theatre piece involving the public. Following ancient traditions, it tells of the impossible love between the beautiful Roseta and a forest creature. Captured by the trapper, the bear will be shown to the crowd in various places of the village and its strength will be tested by Bottes et les Tortuges.

On either side of the winding road, signposts suggest Corsavy, Montferrer, Saint Laurent de Cerdans and Coustouges, pretty villages well worth a visit another time. Today however, we are heading towards the end of the line, the unspoilt fortified medieval town of Prats de Mollo, dominated by Fort Lagarde, designed by Vauban in 1680.

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