Ideas of things to see and do when the weather takes a turn for the worse
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….)
Occupying an enviable location on the Mediterranean coast, between the tidal lagoons or étangs, surrounded by pink salt fields, the ancient circular fishing village of Gruissan lies in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Narbonne and the Mediterranean
A delightful and very interesting circuit of 3 hours, with 460 metres of ascent. Most of the route is in forest and offers good protection from the sun.
It’s 1946. War is over. On the sandy tracks of the Racou beach village, amidst fishermen’s huts and makeshift shelters thrown together in darker days by Spanish refugees, people, laugh, drink, share a pastis, absinthe or ‘cop de vi blanc’ before sitting down to a communal cargolade or fresh fish BBQ.
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…..
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 the adrenaline of even…
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 a colourful and lively market…
Argelès is a Mecca for outdoor sports fans, professional and amateur alike. Take a look at some of the sporting events scheduled in 2018
At the foot of the Albères Mountain range, just off the two main roads from Argelès to Perpignan (D914) and Le Boulou (D618), sits Palau de Vidre; small village, big aspirations.