The land side of the Eastern Pyrenees is our favourite area. From the North to the South, you will pass through the Fenouillèdes, the Conflent and the Vallespir. Far from our beach resorts, you will find fantastic landscapes and meet farmers and artisans passionate about the area and their jobs. We regularly went there to meet locals. Then we defined different activities and today we are pleased to share their specialities and know-how with you. For instance, you can spend a day with a winegrower or a farmer, meet artisans and discover our natural and cultural treasures so that you can definitely forget your daily life troubles.
The Fenouillèdes: enjoy our wines and hiking trails
This territory encompasses 28 towns and can be split into two parts: the eastern and the western sides, the western side being the higher of the two as it ranges from 980 ft. to 4200 ft in altitude. Close to Caudies-de-Fenouillèdes, Saint-Paul de Fenouillet, Sournia and Rabouillet, you can go hiking and discover incredible panoramic landscapes.
The eastern side, slightly lower than its western counterpart at a maximum of 2600 ft in altitude, includes the towns of Maury, Rasiguères, Caramany, Ansignan and Bélesta. The area is famous for its vineyards. There are two Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) (French certification guaranteeing the origin of the wines): the Côtes du Roussillon Villages and the Maury. The land is made up heavily of black shale, a fine-grained sedimentary rock. Looking to spend a nice day in the Fenouillèdes? Go hiking until 3 pm and then visit a vineyard to enjoy a well-deserved wine tasting !
Conflent and Vallespir: natural and cultural treasures
These territories contain 69 communes and are an excellent and rich transition between the plaine du Roussillon (seaside) and the Cerdange-Capcir (mountain). First of all, we have to mention the numerous historical monuments. The church of Saint Michel de Cuixà (879), the abbey of Saint Martin du Canigou (1005) and the priory of Serrabone (1069) symbolize the Roman architecture in the Eastern Pyrenees. They strongly marked the beginning of a new society based and built around the Church.
The Catalan influence can also be found in the Catalan textile (in Vallespir, Saint-Laurent de Cerdans) and the Catalan garnet (in Conflent, Prades). This cultural road also leads to stunning small villages. Eus, one of them, is famous to be one of the sunniest villages in France.
It is a mandatory stop in the valley. You will be able to meet several local artisans, including potters, blacksmiths, cutlers, chocolatiers and bakers, all of whom will be pleased to welcome you in a fantastic area overhung by the Canigou, the famous 9,137 ft Catalan mountain. As in the Fenouillèdes, you can go hiking or enjoy a leisurely walk along the two longest rivers of the Eastern Pyrenees: the Tech and the Têt. For those who would like a healthy break, we recommend you try out the several thermal baths present in the valley. Last but not least, several farmers will be delighted to share their know-how and local delicacies with you.
This is how we want you to discover the Eastern Pyrenees. In a whole new light.