THE VALLESPIR REGION
Located in the beautiful South of France between mountains, sea, vineyards, Catalan & French cuisine lies the region of Vallespir. The Vallespir comprises ten communes, each one bursting with unique charm and character.
Céret, naturally shaded by its renowned, ancient plane trees, closely combines tradition and modernity. Inspiration for artists old and new, the town is dappled in beautiful light and colour. Don’t miss the annual cherry festival either!
Le Boulou has long been known for its thermal spas, promoting good health and well-being, rest and activity, culture and leisure in an environment where everyone can move at their own individual pace.
Maureillas – Las Illas – Riunogues together form one of the largest communes in the area. This rural environment with its forests of hollyoaks and cork oaks, lends itself to family walks, picnics and autumnal mushroom-picking.
Saint Jean Pla de Corts was for many years the property of the Abbey of Arles, reaching its full potential in the 12th century, notably with the construction of the chateau which served as the summer residence of the King of Majorca.
Reynès comprises a number of small hamlets between Céret and Amélie les Bains. The villageitself sits in a wooded and sheltered spot, offering magnificent views across to Canigou.
Le Perthus is unique in that, since the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659, the town straddles the France/Spain border; you can pass from one country into another simply by crossing the street!
Les Cluses is the last link in the chain of the Pyrenees, lying between Pic Canigou and the Mediterranean Sea. Situated at the heart of a valley rich in history, once forming a secure border point, known as the ‘Clausurae’, between the two districts of Narbonne and Taraçon.
Vivès is the perfect example of a typical Catalan village, with its narrow streets, stone-fronted properties and its old square shaded by the centuries-old plane trees.
Taillet sits at an altitude of 600m. Its character is reflected in the traditional stone-fronted properties and in the 12th century Roman church of Saint Valentin which sits at the heart of the village, overseeing this haven of calm and serenity.
L’Albère is a sleepy little hamlet, comprising twenty or so farmhouses. The path up to Saint Christophe is home to one of the biggest megalithic tombs in the area; a dolmen known as Na Christiana.
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