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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.
WINTER SKIING - 12 DOWNHILL RESORTS AND 200KM OF CROSS-COUNTRY PISTES.
Further tourist information at the properties.

 

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A Paradise setting in the heart of the "Parc Naturel - Pyrénées Catalanes." Natural Park of the Pyrenees Orientales. Mountain walking through rare wild flowers in the Eyne valley nature reserve. Quaintly known as "The Nice of the Cerdagne", enjoying an exceptional all year round microclimate, "3000hrs sunshine per year". Superb walking, cycling, winter skiing, thermal pools and "Little Yellow Train" station. Local mountain bike hire. Cather castles lakes, grottos, gorges, abbeys. Local swimming and thermal pools. Easy distance Barcelona, duty-free Andorra and Mediterranean beaches. THREE MOUNTAIN COTTAGES in the heart of the PYRENEES REGIONAL PARK. 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 from Mont-Louis to Medieval fortified Villefranche-de Conflent and the Grottos of the “Grandes Canalettes”. Nearby – Abbeys Saint Michel-de-Cuxa, venue for the annual Pablo Casals music festival, and Saint Martin du Canigou, remote mountain setting. Romanesque churches. Local activities – over 30 sports including swimming-3 indoor & 3 outdoor pools, rivers & lakes. All year round open-air thermal pools & jacuzzis. All within 20 minutes of Sauto. Also Caldea in Andorra – 6,000m2 of futuristic water experiences! Windsurfing & dinghy sailing on nearby lake. Rafting, 3 summer mountain 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. High quality accommodation for 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 people. Activity holiday. Rock climbing, bouldering, canyoning, parapente, dinghy sailing and windsurfing on mountain lake. All with a rich diversity of rare wildlife & flora. And pure mountain air. High altitude golf, and fishing in rivers and lakes. Winter sports include skiing, alpine skiing and cross country skiing, walks with snow shoes, ski de fond, ski alpin, snow covered mountains, snowboard, snowpark, these activities and more. Holidays in the Pyrenees, pyrenes, pyrénées, pireneys, Pirenees, Pirenes, Pirénées, Pirineu, Pirineus, Peyrenees, Peyrenes. Stay in Gite de France, Gîte de France, self catering, self-catering accommodation for the independant traveller. Village houses to rent in the South of France.Snow covered mountains and pure mountain air in the high Pyrenees, pyrenes, pyrénées, pireneys, Pirenees, Pirenes, Pirénées, Pirineu, Pirineus, Peyrenees, Peyrenes. Near ski resorts Font Romeu and Les Angles. Font-Romeu. Ski chalet and converted barn with panoramic views. Spectacular views. A microclimate, micro-climate in Langeudoc Rousillon, Langeudoc-Rousillon, with solar furnace, three solar furnaces & 3000 hours sunshine per year. Room with a view. Self-catering holidays in the Mediteranean Pyrenees. Catalan houses for vacation. Holiday properties with Gites de France, three star rated. 
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