Pyrenees Orientales is a department of France containing the cities of Perpignan and Collioure. The coast between Perpignan and Montpellier has developed in to the most modern beach holiday destination in Europe, with 70km of sandy sweeping beaches. Pyrenees Orientales is where the mountains meet the sea. Pyrenees Orientales holiday rentals are available for both summer and winter holidays.
When in this region, your Pyrenees Orientales holiday can be as exciting or relaxing as you like. The choice of holiday accommodation is huge, as properties cater for the summer and winter seasons, and self-catering or luxury rentals.
During the summer months, you can use a Pyrenees Orientales holiday villa as a base to enjoy beach life, or participate in a huge range of watersports, with exciting sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, and swimming. There is also an annual summer carnival, celebrating the delicious oysters farmed in the area.
As soon as the sunbathers return home at the end of the summer, the holiday rentals are taken over by the snowsport enthusiasts. There are 10 ski resorts in Pyrenees Orientales, including Les Angels, Mosset and Formiqueres. There are facilities catering for all levels of ability for skiing and snowboarding.
Alberes is a natural frontier between France and Spain, but also between the mountains and the sea, which produces some of the best scenery in the Pyrenees Olientales area.
Conflent is a charmingly quaint medieval mountain village, not far from Perpignan, which will undoubtedly intrigue you with its huge diversity in styles and architecture. The main train station, designed by Salvador Dali, and the monuments of Campo Santo, Palais des Rois de Majorque and the Castillet are remarkable, and remind visitors that Perpignan has been much coveted by both France and Spain over the centuries.
The region is lucky enough to have a mainly Mediterranean climate, experiencing less than 90 days of rain a year mostly in the autumn. The long summers can reach 40°C, and the spring is relatively warm too. However, the winters are cold, with temperatures dipping below -10°C on occasion.
Flights arrive daily into Carcassonne Airport, Perpignan Airport, Toulouse Airport, Girona Airport and Montpellier Airport, which are all in the area, and may operators provide cheap flights to the region.