Villefranche de Conflent

 Villefranche de Conflent 

24 January 2024  |  Tourism, UNESCO

The charming villages of the Pyrenees-Orientales

The Pyrénées-Orientales, a region in the south of France which offers many picturesque villages, steeped in history, culture and Mediterranean charm. As you wander through these hidden gems, you will be transported to a world where cobbled lanes tell centuries-old stories and landscapes offer breathtaking vistas.

Collioure: The Mediterranean pearl

Start your trip in Collioure, famous for its colourful lanes that wind down to the sea. Artists such as Matisse and Derain found inspiration in this coastal village, with its royal castle overlooking the bay. The pretty beaches and viewpoints add a Mediterranean touch to this beautiful and popular destination.

Restaurant La Balette Collioure

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Near Prades, discover one of the most beautiful Vvllages in France. Atypical stone village, ideal for artists, it is the ideal place for a family walk where you can have a breathtaking view of the Canigó. Historically, this ancient defensive site had to repel the French in the 16th century and the Spanish army in the 18th century.



Villefranche-de-Conflent: A journey through time

Then explore Villefranche-de-Conflent, a medieval fortress listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ramparts, cobbled streets and picturesque houses make it a real journey back in time. Don't miss out on strolling through the narrow streets which are full of charm. This ancient trading city, the capital of Conflent, has kept very beautiful traces of its history and its status as a defensive site.

Villefranche de Conflent

 Villefranche de Conflent 

Castelnou: A medieval jewel

About twenty kilometers southwest of Perpignan, Castelnou is located at the foot of the Aspres with, in the background, Canigou, the mythical mountain of the Catalans. The medieval village of Castelnou, also classified among the most beautiful in France but also one of the most beautiful villages in Catalonia, welcomes you with its cobbled streets and stone houses. The castle which dominates the village offers spectacular views of the surrounding area. The markets: on a small hill with a flattened top, sheltered from the sun, in small sheds that continue the tradition of the markets. Conducive to meetings and exchanges, this picturesque place is also regularly visited by artists and craftsmen.


Small picturesque town, Céret, at the bend of the cobbled streets, you will find pretty hidden squares with restaurants and cafes. An ideal destination for a family stroll, Céret offers gentleness, joie de vivre and an artistic atmosphere on its side roads.

If you are a fan of red fruits, you will like Céret which as its name suggests is the capital of the cherry, the first fruits of which are sent to the President of the Republic and celebrated during the cherry festival in May .

Jujols, a window on the Canigou

Raw stones, Pyrenean reliefs in the background and tranquility... for a moment of escape. You will find the Jujols nature reserve for hiking and enjoying the pretty landscapes. In Jujols you will find the window overlooking the famous and very beautiful Pic du Canigou.

Canigou from Jujols

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Amélie Roca

I am a Community Manager for Pure France as well as the host of Pure France TV, presenting high quality rental homes all over France.

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