Starting Friday 15th December and running through until Sunday 7th January, Canet en Roussillon invites you to join them for a festive programme bursting with merriment and good cheer.
Coming from the French word terre for “soil,” the word terroir originally described the special characteristics of a region, or piece of land, which gave different varieties of wine, coffee and tea their individuality. (Soil, climate, position, regional traditions….)
Each year, to celebrate Saint Eloi, patron saint of goldsmiths, metalworkers, and coin collectors, Perpignan showcases the grenat, (garnet) and the jewellers and craftspeople who work with this iconic jewel.
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.
A “Lest we Forget” drive around the Pyrenees Orientales can be the moment to visit or revisit some of the villages and enjoy the autumn colours whilst taking in some of the fascinating War and anti war Memorials.
Welcome to the Route des Vins! In particular that of the Cote de Roussillon Villages. Throw in a Roman Aquaduct and you have a pretty good Autumn Day Out.
Pretty Perfect P-O Picnics WITH KATYA WILLEMSEN (Read Shepherd’s Prayer, Katja’s fast- paced adventure set in Collioure. Available on Amazon) Tour de Massane Red flames blazing from the Massane Tower in the 13th century spiked…
On Sunday 12th November , the wine producers of Latour de France open their doors wide and invite you to join them for a day of tasting.
Many are the stories of ‘encantades’ or ‘bruixas’, (witches) in the history of the P-O, and believers in witchcraft protected themselves with a variety of different methods, including painting their windows blue, keeping bread in the drawer, washing undergarments in water from seven different sources, never leaving nail clippings or cut hair on the floor, putting their shirts on backwards…..
To the Tours of Cabrenç for a Perfect Autumn picnic When there’s a light sprinkling of snow on Canigou and the vineyards are just turning gold it’s a good idea to pack up a picnic…