Villeseque-des-Corbières

Villeseque des Corbieres is a nice little village off of the D611 on the small D50 road. Lovers of the outdoor life will love the countryside around Villeseque-des-Corbières. Close to the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the area offers all manner of outdoor activities, with vineyards, hill walking, horse-riding and swimming to name but a few.


How To Get There
Villesque-des-Corbières is easily accessed from the UK, as it is close to both Carcassonne and Perpignan, both of which are served by budget airline Ryanair. It is also possible to take the Eurostar to Paris, then a TGV express train to Narbonne.
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Spain is only an hour away from the Corbieres. It will take you 2 hours to go to Barcelona or Andorra, skiing is an hour away in the Pyrenees rich and varied landscape to enjoy, and no shortage of dark ruins of Cathar castles telling their tales of a turbulent past.

Durban-Corbières

A village full of charm - 5 Minutes away - Wonderful walk.

Durban Corbières is a little village built on a hillside in the Languedoc-Rousillon region of southern France. There are actually two parts to the village; the mediaeval town which climbs the hillside towards the old château and church at the top, and the new part of town, which is based on the opposite bank of the river. The old town, in typically Languedocian style, straggles charmingly up the hillside, with narrow winding streets and steep steps flanked with terracotta pots of vibrantly coloured flowers. The houses, built of local stone, have painted shutters to keep out the winter winds and the hot summer sun, and look from the outside at least, as though they have remained unchanged for centuries. The new part of town consists of modern villas and houses, and also offers the amenities needed for everyday life. There is a Mairie, school, post office, ‘Tabac’, hotel, restaurant, pharmacy, bank, boulangerie and a petrol station, so both inhabitants and visitors are well catered for here! 

African Reserve - Sigean Reserve Africaine

Narbonne

From the Corbieres, drive towards Narbonne, an ancient roman capital, and stop at the African reservation (15 minutes from Villeseque!) See the gigantic plain, exact reproduction of the African swamp. Where the lions, giraffes, elephants and crocodiles wander free. The site is unique in this stunning set! The drowsy alligators in the river, mischievous bears laying their paw on your car hood!  Peaceful rhinos, and the graceful pink flamingos on the lake, go there at sunset it's a dream.

Narbonne is the main town near the Corbieres and is 20 minutes away, from Villeseque. You have to see the museum of archeology (the Romans!) The impressive cathedral, the canal du midi where you can hire an electric boat to ride around town. Don't miss the Thursday and Sunday, huge and scented Market where you'll find apart from fresh fish, vegetables, fruits and the best cheese, lots of latest fashion clothes and shoes at ridiculous prices (don't forget to bargain!!) have fun in the Corbieres! From Take the TGV train from Narbonne to any place in France, 6 hours to Paris and 2 to Spain.

           Today Narbonne is one of the most popular destinations in the South of France. Ideally located between canals and lakes, it offers visitor a whole range of activities: river-boat tourism, hiking, horseback riding, biking, river or sea fishing, manifold cultural events, heritage tourism and, last but not least, the pleasure of fine sand beaches…
           Wandering round Narbonne’s famous indoor food market, your senses are hit with myriad pleasures: the opulent and heady aromas of freshly ground coffee, the inviting homely waft of croissants straight out of the oven, the buzz of morning banter from the stall holders chatting with the regulars, the jewel bright colours of succulent fruit and vegetables, the wicked reek of maturing cheese, flower stalls brimming with seasonal plants, silver bellied fish lain out on ice, red and pink hued meat hanging from hooks, light glinting off polished bottles of local wine, sacks of exotic spices threatening to spill over, vendors busily preparing pizzas, paellas or chow meins for the lunchtime rush, the visible pride of traders who have one thing in common - a real love of real food!
           Hiking paths around Narbonne feel free to take your time to discover the diversity of Languedoc territory. With a guide or on your own, you will appreciate the beauty of our environment, of our landscapes.Take a walk between trails, scrubland and ponds, and discover a wonderful Nature.
           There is no Narbonne cultural element without a reference to wine. The vine combines with the material inheritances (landscape, monuments, and culinary arts...) and immaterial (custom and habits, poetry, tales...). The recognized "wine identity” of Narbonne makes the city a typical example of French "Art de vivre”.
           Miles upon miles of beaches line the coastline of Narbonne with some of the most spectacular Mediterranean views.

 



Perpignan

Perpignan is the nearby city, with all you can expect from a city, shopping, cinemas, theatres, musical bars, museums and the Catalan culture, which is really something to experience!  You'll love to loose yourself into the narrow streets of the old town, which leads to the impressive cathedral and the unique cloister-cemetery in Europe.
           Discover the micro Spanish market with their open displays in the streets, the antic Italian theatre, the sound of a Spanish guitar will draw you along to the gypsy’s neighborhood. At night sit down on a terrace café and admire the Sardanes danced by the Catalan people their arms lifted up in a happy circle, to the sound of a brass cobla sitting nearby.
           Perpignan has a close connection with the sculptor Aristide Maillol, who attended school there. Following a visit in 1963, the Catalan surrealist artist Salvador Dalí declared the city's railway station the centre of the Universe, saying that he always got his best ideas sitting in the waiting room. He followed that up some years later by declaring that the Iberian Pininsula rotated precisely at Perpignan station 132 million years ago - an event the artist invoked in his 1983 painting Topological Abduction of Europe - Homage to Rene Thom.
           Above the station is a monument in Dali's honour, and across the surface of one of the main platforms is painted, in big letters, « perpignan centre du monde » (French for "perpignan centre of the world"). Perpignan is a rugby football stronghold: their rugby union side, USA Perpignan, is a regular competitor in the Heineken Cup, and their rugby league side plays in the Super League under the name Les Catalans.
           Perpignan, in fostering its Catalan spirit sets herself apart from other French cities, she is certainly part of the funky in-crowd akin to Toulouse and Montpellier with fine dining, musical concerts of all genres - Numerous art exhibitions, theatres, art house cinemas, eclectic bistros, tea houses and tapas bars, chic night clubs, and fantastic boutique shopping.

Cathar Castles

The castle is open to the public, it stands on a spur of rock above the Boulzare Valley and the village of Lapradelle. After a short walk, you cross the barbican protecting the entrance and find yourself in a courtyard surrounded by tall walls flanked by two round towers. To the left of the courtyard is a second line of fortifications defending the keep. Two towers strengthen this wall, including the «White Lady » tower named after the lady who haunts the ruins (Blanche of Bourbon, Philip the Fair's grand-daughter who stayed in Puilaurens and was murdered by her husband, Peter the Cruel, King of Casile). The massive square keep crushes by its sheer weight a castle that is one of the best preserved reminders of the Cathar period in the area.

To find the castle head towards Lapradelle between Quillan and Perpignan.


'La Cité Carcassonne


Yes it's touristy and slightly over-restored - but 'La Cité', just outside Carcassonne, Languedoc Roussillon, south France, is still magnificent in its size and and fairy-tale majesty. It's basically a huge walled and moated castle with a village at its centre - built in phases from the 10th century. More impressive, we think, from a distance, if you can find a good viewing spot. Entrance is free.

The city is open to visitors at the following times
Daily: April, May, October, from 9:30am to 6pm
June to September, from 9:30am to 7:30pm
November to March, from 9:30am to 5pm.
Closed : January 1, May 1, November 1 and 11, December 25.

How to get there

By road : From Narbonne or Toulouse, N 113 and A 61
By train : SNCF Carcassonne
By boat : Canal du Midi
By Air : Aéroport de Carcasonne Salvaza

Céret lies at the point where the Tech valley enters Roussillon. The Catalonian sculptor Manolo (1872-1945) and the composer Déodat de Sévérac drew numbers of artists to this little town, which now possesses many works of modern art.
Céret is a town and commune of the Pryenees-Orientales. It is the capital of Vallespir comarca. The town lays in the foothills of the Pryenees mountains, in southwestern France. It is most famous for its Museum of Modern Art which has numerous Picasso paintings and sculptures as well as paintings many other impressionist artists. The Cafe Pablo in the town is dedicated to Picasso and The Grand Cafe, still operating today, was a meeting place for many famous artists in the early part of the last century.
The region around Ceret is major fruit producer, in particular famed for its cherries. The first of the seasons's pick are, by local tradition, sent to France's President. Ceret hosts a cherry festival each year with such oddities as cherry beer and a cherry stone spitting competition.
Ceret also hold an annual bull running festival where young bulls (usually with their horns blunted) are run through the streets coralled by a group of highly skilled Camargue horsemen and and women. Young bloods, fired up on cheap local wine and wearing traditional red and yellow Catalan outfits, chase from behind in an attempt to catch hold of the bull's tail and hold on for as long as they can. Many bruises result although mostly it has to be said, to the ego.
Ceret's Saturday market is a high point of the week and is as much a social event as anything else. It is a bustling, busy market mostly selling local fruit, veg, cheese and wines. Much frequented by the large local English, Dutch, German and Scandanavian population that have moved to the Ceret region in the last ten to fifteen years.

Céret

Céret

Céret Museum of Modern Art
8, Bd Maréchal Joffre
66400 Céret - France
T (33) 04 68 87 27 76
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MUSEE DE L'ARCHEOLOGIE
Place Picasso
BP 242
66402 Céret
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Canal Du Midi

This 360-km network of navigable waterways linking the Mediterranean and the Atlantic through 328 structures (locks, aqueducts, bridges, tunnels, etc.) is one of the most remarkable feats of civil engineering in modern times. Built between 1667 and 1694, it paved the way for the Industrial Revolution. The care that its creator, Pierre-Paul Riquet, took in the design and the way it blends with its surroundings turned a technical achievement into a work of art.

The Canal du Midi from Toulouse to the etang de Thau, the seuil de Naurouze and the water supply system as well as the interesting civil engineering works of that time. A 16th century engineering marvel which connects the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, the Canal meanders through the Minervois vineyards with plane trees lining its banks.

The Tour De France is run alongside its majestic banks. Take a barge tour for the day it is stunning.

Mediterranean Beaches Guide & Map

Just gives you a sense of gratification to be near 32 of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Use you romantic hideaway in Villesque-des-Corbières as a base to visit the Mediterranean and bask in all it’s glory.

Leucate, Village, Ports & Beaches

Villeseque is located half an hour away from the magnificient and stretched beaches of Leucate, la Nouvelle and la Franqui. The road that leads to those beaches, crosses vineyards, streams, hills surmounted by castles in ruins, and is probably the most pleasant road in the area Leucate is a true plural commune, with the posted singularity.
           It constitutes the door of entry of the Regional Natural reserve of the Narbonnese in the Mediterranean. This old island, become peninsula today, is always in the center of a marine environment, nested between its 16 km of Mediterranean littoral and its 31 km of shores of pond, channels, islands and basins of the port. Leucate consists of four distinct urbanized entities between which three vast protected natural spaces extend, of a great interest.   
           The Village, with the historical , true guard of his Languedocien origins, cradle of the traditional activities which are fishing and the vine growing. It is coiled between a small valley dominated by its old fortress, and a vast plate between and oyster bed vine stocks, the village of Leucate transports you in the middle of the Mediterranean traditions. Its castle, its bell-tower, its lanes and its places shaded, its stone residences are the one midday testimony enchanter.
           With the foot of this cliff two small family seaside resorts are, Leucate Plage, and Franqui, one in the South, the other in the North of the Cape Leucate, well-known of the navigators. The beach of Leucate is a true wonder worthy of the most beautiful beaches of the world. Sheltered whims of the wind, it offers to the family a single site of rest, of peace, leisures with the naturalness


COLLIOURE

, an idyllic place on the rocky coastline, is situated in the very south of France, 26 km (approx. 15 miles) from the Spanish bor Collioure der. The picturesque village is nestled in an authentic environment. Its small Catalan harbor is sheltered by a quiet bay where the chain or the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean Sea. The exceptionally sunny climate and the north wind “Tramontane” makes Collioure a unique place where well-being and Catalan "art de vivre" have their origins. You can count on having a splendid swim at one of the small coves and several sand and pebble beaches.

By car: Take highway A 9 to the Perpignan South exit; head in the direction of Elne and then towards Argelès/Mer. After that, there are two possible routes: either take the "Corniche" route or the route marked R.N. 114.
By train: Via the direct connection Paris – Port-Bou or T.G.V. Paris – Perpignan.
By plane: Via the international airport Perpignan – Rivesaltes.

"In France there is no sky as blue as the one in Collioure...I just have to close the shutters of my room and I have all the colors of the Mediterranean before me." --- HENRI MATISSE