Canet en Roussillon, the sunny beach resort!

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Canet en Roussillon

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Canet en Roussillonis the second city of the Pyrénées-Orientales after Perpignan.
There are only 12 kilometres from Canet en Roussillon to the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales. This city full of character combines tradition and modernity in a wonderful way.

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Canet en Roussillon has a rich history, still to be seen in the remains of its viscount's castle, but is nowadays fully focused on tourism and the future.
Its 9 km of beach attract every year many people who love to relax, but they can also indulge in many sports and leisure activities.

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Besides, along the seaside and close to the marina, the many shops, bars, restaurants, casinos and nightclubs make Canet one of liveliest beach resorts in the Roussillon. On the main square La Mediterranée, concerts and shows also participate in the summer dynamism of this city!

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We also note that close to downtown there isthe Lake of Canet Saint Nazaire, a protected lagoon of 600 hectares with an exceptional biodiversity. Even if there are mostly flamingos gathering here, no less than 230 bird species have been counted...

Collioure, the pearl of the Vermeille Coast and cradle of Fauvism

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Collioure, the pearl of the Vermeille Coast

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Located less than 30 km from campsite Le Brasilia, the old town centre of Collioure counts as one of the most emblematic tourist sites of the Pyrénées-Orientales.

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Each year thousands of tourists and visitors wander through the cobblestone streets of this charming city, located on the waterfront of the beautiful Côte Vermeille.

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Collioure offers a most important historical heritage. The royal castle, for example, has been used for many centuries as summer residence of the Kings and Queens of Majorca!

Another curiosity, thechurch Notre-Dame-des-Anges, which bell-tower marks the entrance to the harbour of Collioure.

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For a long time the charm and the beauty of this Catalan city has attracted many artists.
Among the most famous we mention Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Paul Signac, etc. Today, the soul of these incredible talented artists still floats through the old town centre of Collioure...

Beautiful and wild Côte Vermeille...

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The Côte Vermeille

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The Vermeille Coast, name given to the coastline that stretches from the south of the beach resort of Argelès sur Mer, 20 kilometres from Canet en Roussillon, to the Spanish border, is a real jewel of nature.

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The Côte Vermeille, situated there where the Pyrenees mountains meet the Mediterranean Sea, is dotted with lots of pedestrian paths that cross it from side to side, allowing access to the countless coves, each more beautiful than the last...

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Also renowned for the beauty of its sea bottom and the extraordinary biodiversity living there, the Côte Vermeille can also be discovered during a dive session...

Perpignan the Catalan, Salses the fortified

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Perpignan the Catalan

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At 12 kilometres from campsite Le Brasilia, Perpignan is a city that leaves nobody indifferent. Prefecture of the department of the Pyrénées-Orientales, ancient continental capital of the Kingdom of Majorca, Perpignan is today a major place of the Catalan culture in the Languedoc Roussillon.
People come here to visit its historical heritage, like the great Palace of the Kings of Majorca, a palace fortress dating from the 13th century, but also to enjoy a certain art of living and a special atmosphere that doesn't exist elsewhere.

Other places to visit in the town centre are the Castillet, the Cathedral of Saint Jean or even the Loge de Mer.
Perpignan is also a dynamic city welcoming many artistic and cultural events. The "Visa pour l'Image" Festival, held between the end of August and mid-September, is undoubtedly the most famous of them.

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The fortress of Salses

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the fortress of Salses, meanwhile, is a "neighbour" of Le Brasilia because it is only 20 kilometres from the campsite to this castle. Important place in the regional history, this jewel of military architecture of the late 15th and early 16th century, whose forms recall both a castle and a modern bastion, thanks its construction to the will of the very Catholic royal Spanish couple, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella of Castille, who wanted to fortify the border of their Kingdom with France.

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This historic monument, constructed between 1497 and 1502, is today one of best preserved defensive systems of the department, receiving the highest amount of visitors per year.

The ancient abbeys of the Canigou

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The Abbey St Martin du Canigou

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it is a one hour's drive from campsite Le Brasilia and the beach resort of Canet en Roussillon to the magnificent Abbey of Saint Martin du Canigou. Built atop a rocky spur, between the 11th and 12th century, and completely surrounded by mountains, this Benedictine Abbey is since nearly a thousand years part of this sumptuous landscape , dominated by the Canigou mountain range.

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To get there, you should depart from the village of Casteil, at the 'foot' of the Abbey. To access the Abbey, you should follow the marked trail through the garrigue, it is nonetheless a nearly 40 minutes walk. But it is worth the effort, and the visitors coming here can admire a jewel of Romanesque art. Haven of peace, tranquillity and serenity, the Abbey of Saint Martin du Canigou will surprise you with the beauty of its Abbey Church, its encrypted arch, its Lombard Tower, etc.

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The Abbey St Michel de Cuxa

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Built at the foot of the Canigou mountain range, in the village of Codalet, and in the vicinity of Prades, at 60 km from Le Brasilia, the Abbey Saint Michel de Cuxa is a Benedictine monastery dominated by an impressive 11th century bell-tower. It is a lot easier to get here than to the Abbey of Saint Martin du Canigou as you can park in the immediate vicinity.

Aude Pays Cathare, the South has its history!

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The Aude

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A stay on campsite Le Brasilia can be the opportunity to discover the Aude and Cathar Country, a tourist area which encloses all of this department and part of the Pyrénées-Orientales. The name of this region comes originally from a religious sect that flourished in the South of France in the Middle Ages, the Catharism.

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The castles and villages that the Cathars have occupied are now major tourist attractions. Even if the first are perched on the top of the peaks of the Corbières massif and the second have been built in the garrigue, they both attract many curious visitors every year.

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Among the most emblematic Cathar castles you can visit Montségur, Peyrepertuse, Quéribus, Aguilar or even Puilaurens !

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Carcassonne

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Today prefecture of the Aude, the city of Carcassonne owes its international fame to the fact that it has one of the most emblematic medieval cities of France. This medieval city, just like the double belt of city walls surrounding it and its feudal castle are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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Completely restored by thearchitect Violet Duke during the 19th century, the medieval city of Carcassonne is easy to apprehend. You can also discover a museum of the Cathar Inquisition.

Céret, the genuine

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Céret, the genuine

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Sub-Prefecture of the Pyrénées Orientales, the charming town of Céret lies some 40 km from campsite Le Brasilia. Located in the heart of the Vallespir, historical region of the Roussillon where the Tech runs through, Céret is an important tourist destination of the Pyrenees-Orientales.

 

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Capital of the cherry, Céret the genuine has seen many artists passing by during its history. The painter Pablo Picasso, the sculptor Manolo Hugué, the poet Max Jacob and the composer Déodat de Séverac, they all have been seduced by the charm of this city which historic centre nowadays houses a Museum of Modern Art.

Among the other sights of Céret, its arenas where every year in mid-July the 'Ferias' are held, but also and especially the Devil's bridge, a unique construction because of its dimensions (a single arch bridge with an opening of 45 metres wide and 22 meters high), rising over the Tech since the 14th century.

The Canigou, sacred mountain of the Catalan people

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The Canigou, sacred mountain of the Catalan people

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Sacred mountain of the Catalan people, the peak of the Canigou is one of the highest peaks of the entire Pyrenees mountain range. The Canigou dominates with its 2 785 m the whole of the Pyrénées Orientales and offers a spectacular view over the plains of the Roussillon. When the weather is clear, those who look to the south can even see the big city of Barcelona, yet it lies 200 kilometres further south as the crow flies!

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Labelled 'Great Site of France', the Canigou peak is also a symbol of theCatalan identity.

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Several hiking trails give access to the top, the place of a forged iron cross. During the summer, these paths are used by many hikers.
Even if some are reserved for the more experienced walkers, others are accessible to everyone.

The Conflent or the valley of treasures

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The Valley of Conflent

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Longest valley of the Pyrénées Orientales, the Conflent Valley is home to many classified sites.
Among these, we find the beautiful 'Organs' of Ille sur Têt. Located in the village of Ille sur Têt, 38 kilometres from campsite Le Brasilia, these 'fairy chimneys' , as geologists like to call them, are the result of the erosion of sedimentary rocks.

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At 55 km from Le Brasilia lies Eus, one of the most beautiful villages of France. Built on terraces against a hill, with on top a church resting on the foundations of an ancient citadel, Eus is also one of the sunniest villages of France. Its cobbled streets see every year thousands of visitors strolling by.

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The Citadel of Mont Louis is also among the most important classified sites of the Conflent Valley. It is an hour and a half drive from Canet en Roussillon. Member of the network of major Vauban sites , this citadel is on the World Heritage List of UNESCO, like ten other similar fortifications built by the most famous engineer of the 'Roi Soleil' (Louis XIV).

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Designed to protect the borders of the French Kingdom against Spain, the Citadel of Mont Louis was built on 1,600 metres above sea level, making it the highest citadel in the country!

The Catalan Pyrenees, between nature and tradition

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The Catalan Pyrenees

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The Catalan Pyrenees, or Regional Nature Park of the Catalan Pyrenees, are spread over nearly 66 municipalities and 1 371 km² of the department of the Pyrénées Orientales. First nature park in the Pyrenean mountain range, it includes the massifs and valleys of Cerdanya, of Conflent, of Capcir, of Pic Carlit, of Puigmaland of the Canigou.

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A paradise for hikers, the Catalan Pyrenees is a territory with seven nature reserves and three Natura 2000 sites. Crossed by the Small Yellow Train of Cerdanya, this Regional Nature Park also regroups many tourist sites, starting with the quaint villages, Vauban's citadels, classified by UNESCO, and the many ski resorts !

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In fact, it is near one of these, Font Romeu, that we find the famous solar oven of Odeillo. Its dimensions; 54 meters high and 48 meters wide, make it one of the two largest solar ovens in the world. The Héliodyssée, just a few steps away from here, allows you to inform yourself in a playful way about solar energy and the functioning of the Odeillo solar oven.

In the footsteps of Vauban in Cerdagne

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Villefranche de Conflent

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Not even 60 km west of campsite Le Brasilia and the beach resort of Canet en Roussillon lies the small village of Villefranche de Conflent. Member of the association of most beautiful villages of France, Villefranche de Conflent is above all a fortified city belonging to the network of the major sites of Vauban and as such listed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

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Fort Liberia, overlooking Villefranche de Conflent, is a jewel of military architecture from the 17th century. You can access it from the village via an underground staircase with 734 steps ...

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The Small Yellow Train

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Villefranche de Conflent is also known as the starting point of the Small Yellow Train, one of the most famous tourist attractions of the Pyrénées Orientales. It connects Villefranche to Latour de Carol after a winding, but very spectacular trip of 63 kilometres. In total, 22 stations are served by the Small Yellow Train, one of them is Bolquère, the highest train station in France, constructed at 1 593 metres above sea level...

Barcelona, capital of Catalonia

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Barcelona

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capital of Cataloniaand second largest city in Spain after Madrid, Barcelona lies 200 kilometres from campsite Le Brasilia. First tourist destination of the Iberian Peninsula, Barcelona enjoys a very important cultural, historical and architectural heritage.

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Emblem of the city and tourist attraction number one in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia counts among the most spectacular works of the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. The construction of this Basilica started in 1882, is still not completed and should continue until 2026! However, it is possible to visit the site and the views of Barcelona from the heights of the Sagrada Familia turn out to be spectacular.

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This Basilica is not the only work of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona, the Catalan architect has indeed strongly influenced the city planning. Among his other accomplishments, the Güell Park, a beautiful garden where you can see many buildings, sculptures and other ceramics of Gaudi.

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Las Ramblas is another essential place to visit when you are in Barcelona. This emblematic avenue connects the place of Catalonia to the old port, dominated by the statue of the Navigator Christopher Columbus.

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The Camp Nou, famous stadium of the local team of FC Barcelona, counts also as one of the most emblematic monuments of the city. The museum inside shows the various club's trophies and is todayone of the most visited museums of Spain...