What to do if the rain, rain won’t go away

Most of us would probably cite the weather as one of the foremost reasons for being in the P-O. Consistently averaging over 300 days of sunshine each year, it is one of the driest regions in France.

That said, occasional deluges and the good ol’ Tramontane sometimes drive us indoors, so here’s a list of things to see and do when the sun hasn’t got his hat on.

Caves

Do as our ancestors did and seek shelter from the bad weather with a visit to one of the region’s spectacular caves.


Grottes des Cannelettes, Villefranche de Conflent

La Salle Blanche, Grotte des Canalettes
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Grottes de Fontrabiouse, Fontrabiouse

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Musée de la Préhistoire, Tautavel

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Art Galleries

The region is full of fabulous art galleries with collections boasting greats such as Picasso and Dali as well as many other local, national and international artists.


Musée d’art moderne, Céret

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Musée d’art Hyacinthe Rigaud, Perpignan

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Collection François Desnoyer, Saint Cyprien

Collection Desnoyer, Saint Cyprien
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Galerie Marianne, Argelès sur Mer

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Museums

The P-O boast a vast range of museums, from prehistoric to natural history and even world music! There’s plenty to keep the whole family occupied for many a rainy (or windy) day.


MúSIC, Céret

Supersonic, Music, Céret
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Musée de la Préhistoire, Tautavel

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Musée d’histoire naturelle, Perpignan

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Monuments / Heritage

Our region is steeped in history. Why not make the most of the bad weather to discover how our lives today have been shaped over the centuries?


Forteresse de Salses, Salses

Salses
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Villefranche de Conflent

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Palais des Rois de Majorque, Perpignan

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Château Royal, Collioure

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Artisan Workshops

Local artisans create a wide range of traditional and innovative products. Take a tour of their workshops to discover the passion and talent that they pour into their trade.


Atelier Bulle de Verre, Arles sur Tech

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Creation Catalan, Saint Laurent de Cerdans

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Verrerie d’Art, Elne

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La Verrerie d’Art, Palau del Vidre

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Well-being

When the weather takes a turn for the worse, it’s the perfect occasion to take some time for you. Relax and unwind in one of the region’s many thermal pools or spas.


Les Bains de Saint Thomas, Fontpédrouse

Bains de St Thomas
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Bains de Llo, Llo

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Les Flamants Roses, Canet en Roussillon

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Caliceo, Perpignan

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Wine Tasting

If there were ever an activity to suit to all weather conditions, this would be it! And boy are we spoilt for choice here in the P-O. Here’s just a few of our region’s great caves and domaines…


Abbé Rous, Banyuls sur Mer

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Château de Valmy, Argelès sur Mer

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Domaine du Mas Deu, Trouillas

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Domaine de la Perdrix, Trouillas

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Dom Brial, Baixas

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Jonqueres d’Oriola, Corneilla del Vercol

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Lafage, Perpignan

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And if that's not enough to lift the spirits, here's a petite blague bête...

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