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.

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…

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’.