Fully equipped apartment within, stone town-house(1790). Situated in an elevated position in the historic mountain village of St. Laurent De Cerdans. Full central heating and hot water. Kitchen/diner with south-west facing balcony with sun blind, commanding spectacular views of the mountain range of Canigou (10,000 ft). Main room has a sofa bed, easy chairs, dining table, kitchen area. Bathroom with bath/shower, wash basin, toilet and bidet. 2 double bedrooms each with twin beds. Bed linen and towels provided.
Bedrooms look out onto attractive square with its ancient font de St. Antoni. All amenities within walking distance; post office, boulangerie, charcuterie, mini market, bank, restaurant, bar, swimming pool (open air, July-August only); a cinema which shows the most current movies. Plenty of beautiful mountain walks which can be accessed directly from the property.
Guests are greeted with complimentary tea & coffee & a bottle of wine of the area. Easy storage for bikes.
This area has excellent mountain and road bike routes with recently developed tracks taking you through some of the most stunning scenery you would not otherwise see by car. The routes are marked and pass through the the village. From the doorstep, on a mountain bike you can travel through the landscape on the loggers tracks which cut cross country, through the hills from village to village. A great way to explore the area off the beaten track.
This part of France and Catalunya is the training ground for Tour De France competitors and road cycle enthusiasts. Directly from the apartment you can access some fantastic road routes each side of the border which take you high into the mountains with wonderful views across the Pyrenees. The village of St. Laurent is at altitude of about just under 700m. The apartment has bike storage facility in the cellar which can be accessed from the road.
Autumn and winter months are especially good for cycling and walking as the days are very dry and sunny.
Mountain-bike hire is available at Tapis, 15 minutes over the border, at very reasonable rates.
Health spa and golf resort:
A 7min drive from the village, higher into the mountains, is Falgos golf resort which facilitates an excellent spa with swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, all open to non-members. There's also a well equipped multi-gym which commands excellent views of the Pyrenean landscape! There are several walks from the club-house which take you around the outskirts of the golf course from which you can take in the spectacular scenery of both Catalunya, looking down towards the Costa Brava, and France's Canigou mountain range. Afterwards, you can relax at the club-house sunny terrace with a beer, glass of wine or coffee!
The Bear Festival: (17th-19th February, 2012)
The Fete de l'Ours is the largest and most celebrated of the Catalan festivals and kicks off the festival calendar. It takes place in St Laurent De Cerdans in February. Expect all the chaos of the Carnival, floats, costumes, men in stockings!, live music in the street, madness, mayhem and a party atmosphere for 3 days. Take part if you dare!
Take advantage of our special Bear Festival weekend rate.
For more details about St. Laurent and the festival.
Lake at Darnius:
There is a beautiful lake about 1/2 hour from the apartment at Darnius. An inflatable boat, oars and pump are available on request.
There is a tennis court in the village. Tennis and Artengo rackets and balls are available on request.
The historic, Catalan village of St. Laurent De Cerdans is situated on an open plateau in the mountains close to the border of Spain/Catalunya. The Mediterranean beaches of France and the Costa Brava are within easy reach. Close by is the art-culture of Ceret (Picasso) and Figueres (Dali) in Spain. Falgos golf course is 10 min. away where facilities include health spa, pool, sauna and steam room. The village is unique in that it is within easy reach of the coast, sandy beaches or rocky coves; mountain activities are on the doorstep for the more energetic; you can shop and hang out at the French street cafés of Ceret and Perpignan; enjoy the vibrancy of the Spanish, and sample Catalan cuisine in Macanet De Cabrenys (15min.) Figueres (30min.) Girona and Barcelona; or just enjoy the tranquillity of the Pyrenees with gentle walks in the surrounding landscape. For cyclists (mountain or road)this area has excellent routes from the apartment.
St Laurent De Cerdans is home to the famous Les Toiles Du Soleil store (http://lestoilesdusoleilnyc.com/). This vibrant Catalan cloth is fabricated here in the village. Their products and fabric may be purchased in the boutique here.
Other Activities: Health spa with swimming pool,fitness room,sauna, hot-tub, steam room and masseurs; cinema
Golf: Falgos golf resort is a 10 minute drive from the village. A full 18 hole course commanding spectacular views of the Pyrenees. Resort includes health spa with swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room plus well equipped multi-gym.
Ski: Nearest ski resort is 1 1/2 hr. drive at Vallter 2000 in Catalunya. The French resorts of Font Romeu, Formigeres, Les Angles are 2 1/2 hours away.