With the iconic Canigou ever present in the distance, and the long stretches of golden sand and rolling dunes, you could be forgiven for thinking that Canet is all about the beach……but it is so much more besides.

As you head up the N116 towards the high Pyrenees after Prades, the Têt Valley narrows dramatically where it meets the valley of the Cady, and the perfectly preserved fortified medieval town of Villefranche de Conflent whisks you back thousands of years in time.

Céret is the undisputed cherry capital of the P-O, and probably the whole of France, its cherry trees the last of the spring fruits to blossom but the first to bear fruit. By May, the first cherries of the season are on their way to the President of France, and stalls, trestle tables, and rickety makeshift benches laden with the fruit appear on every street corner, in garages, lay-bys and the Saturday market.

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.

This small medieval walled town, listed as one of ‘les plus beaux villages de France’,  has it all, from its architectural significance, breathtaking views, magnificent walks, three caves (Grottes des Canalettes), historical Fort Liberia, lively…

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 a thriving trading post during the middle ages.

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…