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Amelie-Les Bains-Palada, Pyrenees-Orientales

The Pyrenees Orientales is as yet unchartered territory for many who visit southern France, however those who’ve visited once are smitten and those of us who live here consider it to be one of the most scenic, beautiful and cosmopolitan areas of France, renowned for having 360 days of sunshine per year.

Amelie-Les-Bains-Palalda is in the Haut Vallespir. The main valley road leading to the town has the River Tech running beside it. The river runs through the town and if you cross over the bridge to the other side, a winding road leads you up to the medieval village of Palalda, a picturesque place steeped in history. You can walk down to the river from Palalda and back alongside it into Amelie-Le-Bains. There are many places where people choose to sunbath, sit on the rocks or swim in the pools and if you don’t like the idea of this, there is a large municipal swimming pool by the river with 3 pools to suit all ages, open from June to September. The town of Amelie-Les-Bains is well known for its thermal baths and there are a variety of treatments available like mud baths, massage, water massage therapy etc. The local tourist office has details of activities available in the area and daily coach excursions can be taken. The town has plenty of restaurants, shops and bars and its own casino.

Within a 30km radius you will find beaches, lakes, fresh water rock pools, historic sites, thermal springs, vineyards and more. For those who like walking and cycling, there are marked routes to follow. If you venture a little further you can visit the ski resorts where you will find natural hot springs, in the winter it is wonderful to relax in the steaming water and look at the marvellous scenery around. With its close proximity to the Spanish border the Catalan influences both in architecture and culture are strong. Most towns and villages are steeped in history and there is a sense of community spirit and pride amongst the locals, many of whom grow their own vegetables or are artisans making jewellery, pottery and leather goods. There is a thriving café culture where friends meet and street musicians entertain and regular weekly markets where artisans display their goods and fresh fruit and vegetables are sold. I recommend Ceret market (7km from Amelie) which is held every Saturday morning.

During the year, throughout the region there are festivals, parades, sports races, open air musical events, car boot sales, firework displays and so on. For instance, there is a cherry festival held every June to celebrate the harvest, and the famous Bull Run through the town of Ceret held in July, a three day event of music, dancing and celebrations attended by all ages, the object being to try and stop the bull. These are but a few examples, in July and August the activities escalate and the choices are endless. Come and see for yourself.

Written by Jackie Catlin - Owner of Property 99540 in Amelie-Les-Bains-Palalda, France

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                                                                                                      Tranquil with stunning views

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                                                                                                      High above the Tech valley the well kept village of Montbolo commands a breathtaking view which is enjoyed by this simple but comfortable apartment. Our hosts were very kind, well informed and helpful, able to advise on itineraries and cultural opportunities alike. The mountain roads wind steeply making driving more demanding but with the reward of still more views. Here there is silence along the forest paths disturbed only by the streams coursing down. A good place from which to explore both the coast (Collioure and Port Vendres to Banyuls), the towns in the valley (Ceret with its Museum of Modern Art and Prats de Mollo) and the sights of the Pyrenees. Limited opportunities for eating out in the village but if you are looking for peace, then this may be the place for you. We took all our meals on the large terrace which enjoys the sun all morning and then provides welcome shade later in the day.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017

                                                                                                      Lots of space, fabulous outside areas, plenty of home comforts. Close to tourist spots.

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      We spent almost a month in this lovely home for a special occasion. Several groups of family and friends joined us for short breaks. The house was ideal for our needs. There was lots of space to spread out and the outside space was fantastic, especially the pool area. On the few occasions when the weather was less than perfect, the many games, books and TV stations kept us busy. Reynes is very close to some lovely tourist attractions, if you can drag yourselves away from the house. The kitchen was well- equipped for preparing meals and all the beds were comfortable. If you are looking for high spec equipment, marble surfaces, Egyptian cotton sheets and modern decoration, this may not be the place for you; but if you want a home-from- home, it's great! Great value for money! Susan was very accommodating and understanding.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2017