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Pyrénées-Orientales is a department in Occitanie, France.

CitiesEdit

Map of Pyrénées-Orientales
 
A westward view of the mountain lake, La Coumasse (2,160 m) in the Lacs des Bouillouses nature reserve.
  • 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

Other destinationsEdit

 
Over two thirds up Pic Carlit
  • 1 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.

UnderstandEdit

Get inEdit

Perpignan is easily accessible by train from NE Spain and from Paris and southern France. There is also an airport.

Get aroundEdit

  • 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.

SeeEdit

 
La Tour de l'Etoile, an 18th-century fortification in Collioure
  • The southern end of the coast is the Côte Vermeille, a beautifully rugged stretch known for its vineyards and historic port towns such as Collioure and Cerbère.

DoEdit

  • 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.

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