department of southern France
- 1 Perpignan — where the flag of Catalonia flies beside that of France
- 2 Cerbère
- 3 Collioure - Beautiful seaside town with historic fort
- 4 Elne
- 5 Font Romeu — (Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via) ski resort with a friendly micro-climate
- 6 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.
- 7 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.
- 8 Villefranche-de-Conflent — perfectly walled village and the eastern terminus of Le Petit Train Jaune, a highly scenic stretch of rail with wonderful viaducts
- 9 Arles-sur-Tech
Perpignan is easily accessible by train from NE Spain and from Paris and southern France. There is also an airport.
- The petit train Jaune is one possibility, but it should be seen as an attraction in its own right rather than merely as a way of getting around.
- Pic Carlit — though nearly 3,000 metres in height, does not require specialist climbing skills in summer. Fabulous views and a good chance of seeing ibex and chamois.