A highly fashionable spa town at the start of the XX century, and a typical Catalan village, Vernet is recommended for respiratory and rheumatic disorders due to its sodium sulphur waters flowing down from the very heart of the Canigou mountains. It is also a ‘station verte de vacances’, awarded for its green and natural environment.

Port-Vendres Where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean, its deep harbour bustling with activity, lies the attractive fishing village of Port Vendres. On the N114 only 30 odd kms from Perpignan, with its own railway station…

Thuir, Byrrh, Violets and Vines Thuir, dynamic little town in the Aspres, is well worth a wander. With plenty of good restaurants, cafés and shops to while away a pleasant few hours, there is also…

Rasigueres and rosé – the alliteration is a fortunate coincidence for this village of vignerons.Though the quality of the wine speaks for itself. Not too many caves can boast that their fame rests largely with their pink wine. But if you doubt this, pass by the caveau in the summer and observe number plates from around Europe, with drivers tasting and then packing their cars, to hang on to that summer memory in homes further north. That’s not to confine the compliments to the rosé, as there are plenty of other decent wines, such as ‘Cuvée Moura Lympany’.

Perpignan is the capital of the Catalan region and  the centre of Catalonia culture.The town owes much of its heritage and cultural development to the kings of Majorca, responsible for the transformation of Perpignan into…

Ille sur Têt Ille sur Têt was an important religious centre in Medieval times. Now the huge cathedral-like church of St Etienne seems way out of proportion to the narrow streets that surround it. Inside…

From a population of 500 inhabitants in 1830 to just 10 permanent residents, last recorded by Insee in 2011, the commune of Urbanya in the district of Prades is worth a visit. Set amidst magnificent…