Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Prades - Numero 2
Light and bright 2 bedroom flat in the centre of a market town. No car required
This recently renovated apartment is a little gem. The street level front door leads into your large private entrance room where there is plenty of room to store bikes, pushchairs, skis etc. Stairs lead up to the rest of the flat; a fully equipped modern kitchen, bathroom, separate WC, double bedroom, twin bedroom, bright & airy dual aspect living room with dining area & doors that lead out on to an internal courtyard where you can sit outside & enjoy the sun or BBQ. There are 3 small balconies and on Tuesday mornings you can look out over the fantastic weekly market that takes over the town centre. The apartment is well situated with the town square, shops, cafes, restaurants, tourist office & free car parking all less than two minutes walk. Prades also has a good playground, swimming pool (summer) and cinema. The train station is less than 10 minutes walk as is the bus station with all local buses only costing 1€. An excellent base for house hunters. WiFi available.
Things to do: The Conflent & surrounding area is rich in history & there are many sites to visit; Vauban built fortified towns like Villefranche de Conflent or Mount Louis, Cathar castles, Abbeys such as Saint-Michel de Cuxa or Saint Martin du Canigou, Fort Liberia, the Palace of the Kings of Majorca, plenty of Romanesque churches & hermitages & numerous museums. There are of course natural wonders as well; the Orgues at Ille sur Tet, the hot springs at St Thomas or Thues, the sacred Mount Canigou & the spectacular pink blanket of peach blossom that swathes the whole valley in the spring. If you are in need of a bit of retail therapy there are the weekly markets in most of the towns where you can buy gorgeous local produce, taste some of the excellent local wine and buy your lunch at the same time. But for more serious shopping why not head to Perpignan and wonder through the maze of tiny streets looking in chic boutiques or buying some of the locally produced arts and crafts. There's plenty to do!
Pampering and gastronomy: The naturally occurring hot springs, warm dry air & reportedly 300 days of sunshine a year has meant that this area has long been recommended to those looking for spas, health retreats or to 'take the cure'. Many of the establishments have been around for a long time & were particularly popular with the Victorians. These days they offer all of the latest treatments in lovely surroundings. Why not visit one of the spas at Molitg les Bains or Vernet les Bains or if you are suffering a few aches and pains after some skiing try the hot springs at St Thomas, Llo or Dorres.
If all that has given you an appetite then your in for a treat. There are several Michelin rated restaurants under an hours drive away, with a wide choice of local restaurants much closer. Whether you fancy a five course dinner or a simple snack there are a multitude of choices. There is a list of eateries in the information pack at the property and we are always glad to hear if you have found a new recommendation.
Things to do with children: You wont be short of things to keep the young or young at heart entertained. Within 30 minutes drive you can find the animal park at Casteil, the caves at Villefranche de Conflent and Fort Liberia. You could take the famous 'le petit train jaune' up into the mountains. In the summer it has some open air carriages so you can really take in the scenery!
There is the lake and beach at Vinca where you can swim in the summer, hire pedalos, trampoline and play on the bouncy castles. In winter there are always the ducks to feed.
You could sniff out some fun at the perfume museum at Mosset. Theres tubbing and canoeing at Marquixanes as well as carting, jumpers (stilts with springs) and climbing near Eus. Swing through the trees on ropes on the aerial assault course close by. Quad bikes are available for the teenagers.
- children welcome
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome