The department of Pyrénées-Orientales is one of the richest in France, its history can be traced thanks to prehistoric caves, abbeys and cathedrals, and military architecture that make each trip exciting. Center of the world according to Dali, Perpignan is the ideal stopover to visit the department.
The Spanish Perthus, the first Spanish city located exactly at the border, is only 20 minutes away
The first ski resort is a 1-hour drive away. And going to Andorra will only take you a few hours.
A landscape of rare beauty. A masterpiece of nature and rocky coast, here the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean sea.
Collioure, typical Catalan village will offer you, on one side the Royal Castle and on the other the port with the Catalan boats.
Collioure has always been a source of inspiration for artists (Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Marquet ...), seduced by the magic of Collioure, they came to put their easels and immortalize the small Catalan port.
Come and discover its Royal Castle, its bell tower, its typical alleys with multicolored houses.
The fortress of Salses represents an example of transitional military architecture, between the medieval castle and the bastions of the modern era. On the border between the Languedoc and the Roussillon, between sea and mountain, Salses was the advanced sentinel of the kingdom of Spain in front of the French one in the sixteenth century. Its particular geographical position leads to consider the monument in its territory by the study of its environment.
In 1496, following the destruction of the village and the castle of Salses by the French army, the Catholic kings, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella of Castile, decided to build the fortress. Built very rapidly between 1497 and 1504 by Commander Ramirez, King's great artilleryman, and by engineer Francisco Ramiro Lopez, the fortress kept the old border between Catalonia and France.
SLocated in exceptional surroundings, facing the sea and a few dozen meters from the Marine Reserve of Cerbère-Banyuls, the Aquarium of Banyuls-sur-Mer is part of the Observatory Oceanological of which it constitutes a showcase for all since 1885.
This historic aquarium, which is the marine facet of the Biodiversarium, invites you to dive out of time to discover the marine biodiversity of the Pyrénées-Orientales. Essentially focused on the presentation of local marine fauna and flora, it is the oldest structure of this type on the French Mediterranean coast.
Symbol of the Catalan Country, the small yellow train of Cerdagne, also affectionately known as the "Canary", connects Villefranche-de-conflent (427m) with Latour-de-Carol (1232m) on a 63km course and climbs 1200m in altitude, until Bolquère station, the highest French station, at 1593 m.
During the summer season, the yellow train also makes it possible to make a superb journey in an open wagon.
In the valley of the Têt, come to meet an exceptional landscape of "fairy chimneys". It is a unique landscape with colorful reliefs that the water has sculpted in clays and sands torn from the Pyrenean massifs and deposited in the Têt river for 5 million years. A walk of about an hour will lead you inside this masterpiece of nature and will challenge your imagination and your emotion.
The Bouillouses site is a classified natural site whose landscapes are stunning beauty. A real paradise for nature lovers, this lake of altitude (2000 m) is dominated by the Carlit, the highest peak of the Pyrenees-Orientales. Many walks can be done.