Vallespir, a district of Northern Catalonia, is in the French department of Pyrenees-Orientales. A region of flat land between the dominating Aspres Mountains and the rocky Frausa range, Vallespir is a dramatic scenic destination, laden with steep valleys, productive vineyards and colourful orchards. It is a massively scenic region with a rich culture, having attracted many artists and writers across the centuries. A holiday villa in Vallespir not only offers magnificent views, healthy living and great cuisine, but is becoming a secret sporting haven too.
The capital of Vallespir, Ceret, is a maze of narrow streets and gurgling streams which give the town a pleasant laid back character. The Archaeological Museum of Ceret shows artefacts from the Middle Ages back to pre-historic times, and the town is host to a magnificent array of festivals and parades including the Procession of the Resuscitated on Easter Sunday, the Cherry Fair and Flamenco Festival in June, Sardine Festival and bullfighting Feria.
Arles-sur-Tech also has rich traditions and legends. The Romanesque and gothic Arles-sur-Tech Abbey is a stunning building which must be visited from any Vallespir holiday accommodation, especially during February, April or June, when the Bear Festival, Goat Fair and Benediction of the Mules occur respectively.
Maureillas-las-Illas is a stunning mountain town, of which the architectural gem is undoubtedly the outstanding Saint Martin de Fenollar Chapel. The October Fair is not to be missed.
If you would like to experience all that is best about Vallespir from the secluded comfort of the mountains, a holiday rental in St Laurent de Cerdans is an excellent option. Located in an impossibly picturesque part of the Pyrenees and with an undeniable Catalan flavour, St Laurent de Credans even boasts its own golf course.
Vallespir is a department where health and good living are paramount. The thermal spas at Boulou, Amelie-les-Bains and Prats-de-Mollo have attracted a large number of health conscious visitors since the curative properties were discovered by the Romans.
The Ceret Museum of Modern Art displays a staggering collection of works from throughout the centuries which have been inspired by the lifestyle and sights of Vallespir.
Due to its magnificent landscape, Vallespir is of course a magnet for walking holidays. There are massive swaths of mountainous countryside for walking and the more hardy cyclists out there, as well as the annual Rally du Vallespir.
Vallespir is a region of breath taking scenery, well being and mouth water gastronomy. A marvellous place to walk, relax and eat, Vallespir holiday accommodation provides and idyllic place to unwind.
The region receives a huge amount of sun, and is now a centre for research into solar power. Summer temperatures are a pleasant 27°C, although due to the landscape, weather can be somewhat unpredictable!
Flights into the region land at Carcassonne (CCF), Perpignan (PGF), Toulouse (TLS) or Gerona Airport (GRO). There are plenty of options direct from the UK, and many service providers, especially British Airways, offer good deals on cheap flights.