Montesquieu des Alberes is a wonderfully traditional Catalan style village in the foothills of the Alberes in Languedoc-Rousillon, southern France. Ideally situated between the mountains and the Mediterranean coast, just 15 minutes from the Spanish border, a holiday rental villa in Montesquieu des Alberes is fantastic for activity holidays in the mountains, lazy holidays in the sun and cultural breaks exploring the best of Catalan lifestyles.
The walking and hiking in the Pyrenees is spectacular. Some of the most celebrated routes through the mountains come to right through the village, making a Montesquieu des Alberes villa a walkers dream. There are a great range of trails, allowing the most accomplished mountaineers to find a challenge as well as those who simply enjoy a scenic stroll to have a great afternoon walk. The Sentier’s Botanical trail is an absolute treat, designed to be accessible by even the most novice walker showing you the native Mediterranean flowers that adorn the surrounding slopes. There are also a great range of mountain biking trails and cycle routes throughout the region for the more energetic visitors to Montesquieu accommodation. Riding stables also thrive in the area, and there are few more relaxing ways to explore the surrounding Pyrenees landscapes than from the saddle.
During the summer months, the allure of the Mediterranean beaches is almost irresistible, and luckily for those staying in a Montesquieu des Alberes villa, the beaches are just 15 minutes away by car. The famous resorts of Argeles and Collioure are both within 20 minutes, from which you can spend long, lazy days with the sand between your toes, as well as enjoying a vast range of water sports. Facilities for scuba diving, sailing, fishing, wind surfing and water skiing are all readily available to those wishing to spend a little energy during their day on the beach.
There are also plenty of opportunities for a game of tennis, a thermal spa or a day caving in Argeles from an apartment or villa in Montesquieu des Alberes. The cuisine of Languedoc-Rousillon is particularly worth investigating during your holiday. More wine is produced in this region than any other, and there are ample opportunities to sample the amazing range of tastes and textures produced. There are many excellent restaurants to try in the area too, especially the seafood restaurants along the coast.
Collioure is one of the most famous coastal resorts along the coastline, and the bustling markets, huge range of water sports and huge range of art galleries and museums are massive attractions to lovers of art and culture.
The mild winters of Montesquieu des Alberes make it a wonderful place to retreat to in the winter. However, it is during the summer months that a holiday rental in Montesquieu des Alberes comes into its own. Temperatures usually reach well into the mid 20’s (˚C) during June, July and August, which is easily warm enough for a full day of lazing on the beach, yet not too hot for a foray into the peaks of the Pyrenees.
Perpignan Airport (PGF) is just 35km from a holiday rental in Montesquieu des Alberes. Luckily for those of us travelling to Montesquieu des Alberes, Perpignan receives 8 flights from the UK each week, including Ryanair flights from Birmingham (BHX) and Stansted (STN) and Flybe flights from Southampton(SOU). Due to the rural nature of the region, a hire car is strongly advised.