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A paradise setting in the French Pyrenees with a rich diversity of wildlife & flora,
and pure mountain air.


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bullet The Cerdagne - a kind of high plateau with lush gentle valleys and rolling meadows, brimming with wild flowers in early summer, surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks that rise a further 1600m. Half French, half Spanish.
bullet The Conflent - a steep and rugged valley, cut by the River Têt's descent to the Mediterranean sea.
bullet The Capcir - a pine forested high land with mountain lakes, grottos and gorges, and the source of the River Aude to be found somewhere amongst the 14 summits of the Capcir.

A little known region other than with the French and Spanish, who in July and August come up from the Mediterranean to escape the often sweltering heat of the coastal plains. And in winter, for the skiing - cheaper and less crowded than the Alps.

Spanish border town of Puigcerda.
Good shops, lively Sunday market, restaurants.
A further 30 minutes to Andorra (Pas de la Casa). Most notable for its duty-free shopping.
The famous all year round "Petit Train Jaune", narrow-gauge mountain train with open-top carriages in Summer snakes its way down through spectacular scenery to Medieval fortified Villefranche-de Conflent and the Grottos of the "Grandes Canalettes". 
Cathar Castles perched on high craggy pinnacles in the Ariège.
For Mediterranean coast, the rugged picturesque coastline where the Pyrenees meets the sea has pretty, hidden coves, attractive fishing ports with stylish restaurants.
Barcelona (2 hrs. drive) lively city, rich in history and architecture. Highly recommended.
Local activities ~ over 30 sports ~ Swimming: 3 indoor & 3 outdoor pools, rivers & lakes, 3 all year round open-air thermal pools & jacuzzis. 
Windsurfing & dinghy sailing on nearby lake. Rafting, 3 summer mountain chair lifts, pot holing, rock-climbing sites, hang-gliding. Lake & river fishing, golf (international course at Puigcerda). Mountain bike hire, indoor Olympic ice-rink & swimming pool. Superb horse-riding and of course walking to suit all abilities.
Further tourist information at the properties.


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