Deep in the mountains of Southern France lies the beautiful village of Arles-sur-Tech. Located in the department of Pyrenees-Orientales, Arles-sur-Tech has the best of both worlds, with magnificent access to both the peaks of the Pyrenees and the famous beaches of the Mediterranean. Arles-sur-Tech itself is a traditional French holiday destination, with great facilities for holiday makers in self catering accommodation, including five top class restaurants.
The mountains of the Pyrenees are a veritable playground for those with a penchant for the outdoor lifestyle. Throughout the foothills, footpaths, bridle paths and cycle routes carve through evergreen woodlands and mountain plateaux, creating the perfect terrain for walking, cycling and riding holidays. All the facilities, guides and maps needed for a full exploration of the mountains are available from the Arles-sur-Tech tourist information. Cycling on the road is nowhere near as treacherous as in many cycling destinations, as motorists give you a wide berth!
The 18 hole Domaine de Falgos golf course is located right on the border to Spain, with spectacular views over both the mountains and the glorious Bay of Roses in Spain. The course is defiantly undulating, and there are some very testing greens to find, providing a challenge for even the most experienced golfer. There are also two local 9 hole courses close to Arles-sur-Tech accommodation.
The ski resorts of the Pyrenees are all within an hour of a holiday rental in Arles-sur-Tech, and many people take a few days skiing during their stay in a holiday home in Arles-sur-Tech. The River Tech, upon whose banks the village stands, is a favourite asset for those wishing to swim or fish from a property in Arles-sur-Tech, and on Sundays, locals gather on the banks for a hugely social event with live music, dancing and food, which presents a magnificent opportunity to get to meet the locals.
Sometimes, the lure of Mediterranean beaches become too much and those staying in Arles-sur-Tech accommodation pack their beach towels and head for the powder soft sands of Argeles-sur-Mer or Collioure. Both resorts are fine coastal resorts, offering plenty of space on the beaches and many fine eateries.
Arles-sur-Tech benefits from its southern location, as it is blessed with an average of 300 days of glorious sunshine every year. In summer, temperatures average over 26˚C, which may be slightly warm for full exploration of the mountains on foot. The spring and autumn months are perfect, with little rain and plenty of sun. In winter, temperatures average around 7˚C, but due to the altitude and location of Arles-sur-Tech, temperatures can plummet.
Perpignan Airport (PGF) is located just 40 minutes from a holiday home in Arles-sur-Tech, with flights arriving regularly from across the UK, provided by both Ryanair and Flybe. There are a number of rental car operations located at the airport, and for those who wish to drive from the ports on the Channel, travelling times are around 9 hours.