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Pyrénées-Orientales is a departement in Languedoc-Roussillon, France.


  • Perpignan — where the flag of Catalonia flies beside that of France
  • Cerbère
  • Collioure – Beautiful seaside town with historic fort
  • Argelès-sur-Mer – Where the long km's of white sandy beaches meet the start of the Pyrenees, a resort town with a population of 100,000 during the summer peak season.
  • Elne
  • Font Romeu — ski resort with a friendly micro-climate
  • Mont-Louis — a walled town at 1600 metres heavily fortified by Vauban in the late 17th century, still extensively used by the French army. between here and Olette lies perhaps the most scenic section of the route of Le petit train jaune
  • Vernet-les-Bains — the small village of Casteil is on the road above this and is the nearest access point for the monastery of Saint Martin du Canigou. The even smaller village of Fillols with a beautiful Romanesque church is a pleasing walk away from Vernet-les-Bains.
  • Villefranche-de-Conflent — perfectly walled village and the eastern terminus of Le Petit Train Jaune, a highly scenic stretch of rail with wonderful viaducts

Other destinations[edit]

Over two thirds up Pic Carlit
  • Pic Carlit —} though nearly 3,000 metes in height, does not require specialist climbing skills in summer. Fabulous views and a good chance of seeing ibex and chamois.
  • Canigou The sacred mountain of the Catalans, tens of thousands climb this every June



Get in[edit]

Perpignan is easily accessible by train from NE Spain and from Paris and southern France. There is also an airport. The A9 Autoroute connects to the AP7 at the border with Spain, while it also connects with the Autoroute entre Deux Mers (A61) and the A75 from Paris

Get around[edit]

  • The petit train Jaune should be seen as an attraction in its own right rather than merely as a way of getting around.[2]

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Gorge de Galamus

Gorge De la Fou

Cathar Castles

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  • La Rose Des Vents Gîte At Canaveilles, Place Des 4 Vents, Canaveilles 66360 (Heading towards Font-Romeu and Andorra from Perpignan), +33 786828638, [1]. checkin: 16.00; checkout: 11.00. Unique luxury gîte with stunning views. Sleeps 4 Adults in 2 Double Bedrooms. Short stays and holidays in the French Pyrenees From €85 per night. (42.5364380,2.2498450) edit

Stay safe[edit]

Perpignan is a tough town at night, women should take extra precautions

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