The further south you go in France, the warmer it is. The Pyrénées-Orientales is located on the Mediterranean Sea and can rightly be called a perfect destination for a relaxing sun holiday. The department borders on Spain and is also called the Catalan Country. The Spanish influences are reflected in the attractive villages and towns. Rent a holiday home in Pyrénées-Orientales and enjoy all the benefits: privacy, luxury and the feeling of a "private" place in France.
The area in which Pyrénées-Orientales is located is traditionally a Catalan area. During the French Revolution, the department was founded in 1790, incorporating part of Catalonia. That still has an effect on the culture of the area. Even the food there is clearly different than in other French areas. Dishes such as paella, cargols à la llauna and calcots are popular here, while these are usually associated with the Spanish part of Catalonia. Olives, goat cheese and fish are also widely eaten here. It is therefore highly recommended to sample the local dishes during a stay in a typical holiday home in Eastern Pyrenees.
When it comes to culture, history and architecture, Pyrénées-Orientales is a wonderful department to stay in. An unforgettable holiday is not possible without a visit to Banyuls-sur-Mer, where a particular wine is made and the artist Aristide Maillol is born. In Céret you can still see the old-fashioned bullfighting during an annual festival. Another special village is Collioure. The castle, the medieval streets, the church built in a lighthouse and of course the beautiful bay: they were all grateful subjects for the painters who did their work here. Also try the fresh anchovies!
Perpignan is one of the secrets of the Pyrénées-Orientales department. Here, plane trees and palm trees stand side by side along the boulevards with shops, restaurants and terraces. Perpignan is a bustling city with sights such as the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, the Saint-Jean cathedral, the Le Castillet gatehouse and the castle of the kings of Mallorca. Also the seaside resort of Argelès-sur-Mer is not to be missed during the holidays. The 10 km long coastline is an ideal area for water sports activities such as fishing, souls, canoeing, kayaking and diving.
Pyrénées-Orientales is also a popular destination during the winter months. Pyrénées-Orientales has no fewer than eight ski areas: Font-Romeu Pyrénées 2000, Porté-Puymorens, Cambre d’Aze, Cerdagne Puigmal 2900, Les Angles, Formiguères, La Quillane and Puyvalador. High-altitude ski areas where there is plenty to do in addition to skiing and snowboarding. There are numerous cafés, bars, discos and wellness options. Or a trip with a snowmobile, husky tour, ice climbing or winter hiking.