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Local area & places to visit

A minutes walk from the villa are a good selection of small shops & cafes & other amenities. Villelongue is Surrounded by cork oak forests so there is plenty of countryside to explore too. It is also a great base for exploration of local towns & villages as well as lovely sandy beaches.

 

Villelongue dels Monts is a quiet village situated in the foothills of the Alberes part of the pyrenean mountain range.  You can stroll just a minutes walk away from the villa to the local shops & restaurants.

The amenities include a boulanger for your freshly baked croissants, general store with fruit & veg as well as other food items, post office, pretty church, a large open football rugby pitch, tennis & amphitheatre & taxi service.In the summer there are many local events.Also available are several simple bars & restaurant. The market is on Wednedays. A new highly recommended reasonably priced restaurant has just opened in 2011. They are happy to cater for vegitarians too.

http://www.villelongue-dels-monts.com/index.html

Prieré Santa Marie del Vilar ( 5 minutes drive or long walk) is a beautiful priory set above Villelongue surrounded by interesting walks.

http://prieuresantamaria.free.fr/

Villelongue & St Jean Pla de Corts and  lakes are also worth a visit, They are hidden away, unspotted by most tourists.They are great for a walk or swim.

Laroque des Alberes ( 5 mins drive) has many good restaurants & bars.

http://www.laroque-des-alberes.fr/

Sorede is 5 mins drive is worth a visit

http://www.ensoleillee.com/aboutsoreden.html

 

 

 


Collioure

Collioure (25 mins drive) a tasteful historic medieval fishing port is a must. It has a selection of artisanal shops & art galleries to visit. You can take boat trips from here to Argeles or Port Vendres.http://www.collioure.com/gb/index-gb.htm


Ceret

Ceret (15 minutes drive) with it museum of Modern art & popular Saturday market is well worth a visit. For me the market there is not to be missed as it is full of organic seasonal locally grown produce. In winter you find citrus fruits, apples, pears & kiwis, in May the cherry festival arrives bringing with it the most delicious cherries. Then of course the summer bring juicy, flavorsome apricots, peaches & nectarines & autumn sweet succulent grapes making you feel sure that you will never buy any of them from a supermarket again!!http://www.ot-ceret.fr/


Beaches

Villelongue is just 20 minutes drive from Argeles Sur Mer with it's blue flag rated sandy beaches and water sports. It is a wonderful place for a stroll or cycle along the palm lined pedestrianised promenade. (One can hire bikes here too) There are plenty of  family orientated restaurants & takeaways to choose from. Most restaurants offer a children's menu for between about 6 -12€ & adult 2/3 course menu's start at around 12€. In the summer there are all kinds of music events & firework displays on offer. Ask at the Argeles tourist office for the latest information. All sorts of boats, canoes, parascending & other sea orientated activities can be undertaken here in summer.http://www.argeles-sur-mer.com/


If it's natural quiet beaches you're after, head for Argeles Plage Nord. From here towards St-Cyprien is a protected conservation area.


Perpignan

Perpignan( 30 minutes drive)offers more shopping & sites including a Royal Palais & the riverside is a welcome place to stop & eat.http://www.perpignantourisme.com/


The Tet valley

The Pyrenees, one & a half hours drive away or so are wonderful for skiing in winter or walking in summer & on the way back you can experience the open air thermal baths at St Thomas Le Bain.http://www.bains-saint-thomas.fr/francais/index.html
The little yellow train is a partly open air train which takes you through breathtaking scenery. You can get this from Villefranche-de-Conflent a place worth visiting in itself.http://www.countrycousins.co.uk/yelltren.htm Also located here are Les grand Mottes which are caves full of stalagnites & stalagmites.http://www.grotte-grandes-canalettes.com/

 

 


Spain

Spain is only 15 minutes drive away. Figuras has a large market selling good value shoes & leather goods as well as the popular Dali museum.http://www.salvador-dali.org/museus/figueres/en_index.html Gerona & thriving Barcelona are in day trip range & full of sites to visit. The unspoilt Costa Brava with its pine back coves is also worth a trip. Restaurants are generally good value & good quality with flexible opening hours in Spain.


For children


There are aquaparks, adventure parks, playgrounds & gorges & more.

http://www.argeles-aventure.com/

http://www.aqualand.fr/les-parcs,saint_cyprien.html


Carcassonne

This is a very popular destination for our visitors & is easily accessible. It takes about 1hr30 mins to get there & if you feel like it there are plenty of scenic routes to take.