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What a delightful time we spent in Claire's appartment in Cucugnan! It is clean, well equipped and very comfortable with a small garden where we sat sipping local wine each evening. Nothing was too much trouble for Claire (She lives above.) and she was not only very welcoming (offering us glasses of her favourite wines accompanied by delicious snacks and home-made savoury tart) but provided us with a 'starter-pack' of basic food essentials. She was also an endless source of local knowledge and useful information. The village, which hugs a hill, with a windmill on top, has a choice of three restaurants and a couple of bars that offer a range of delicious food; a grocery store/post office; a bakery (producing artisanal bread), a few small pottery/craft studios; several little souvenir shops, a winery and a honey producer. There is everything you need on site so sorties to bigger towns are not necessary to buy supplies and gifts. We came home laden with local wine,and honey, colourful bowls and home-made soap. The surrounding countryside is magnificent with stunning views from the village. We walked for miles every day; swam in the cool, clear rivers and did our cultural bit when we visited Queribus and Peyrepertuse Chateaux perched on the top of rocky outcrops nearby. There are weekly markets on different days in surrounding towns and 'vide grenier' events, too. In fact, there was so much to do, that we ended up reading a lot less than usual! To top everything, the weather was superb. We wanted for nothing and we highly recommend both the place and the appartment for a blissful break. Thank you Claire for looking after us so well.
Our first visit to this region of France. We found the property easily following excellent directions from owner. The apartment was very well equipped with everything needed to make it feel 'home from home'. The style of decor was tasteful and its fair to say that we spent a considerable part of our holiday at the apartment, eating some meals on the patio. The view of Pic De Canigou provides a stunning backdrop to this picturesque village. The maze of winding alleyways provide a multitude of different routes up to the church/restaurants and back.
The village, whilst looking beautiful, has very few facilities. It took us a while to discover the nearest Boulangerie and supermarket (Prades). We're still not sure we understand the opening hours of shops! This would have been useful info to acquire in advance as we arrived on Sunday. The two restaurants (one bar/cafe style and one Tapas bar) were both well-positioned and a pleasure to visit.
We found Eus to be a superb base from which to explore the area and visited Villefranche De Conflent, Abbaye St Martin, Castelnou, etc. We now wish to return with walking gear to explore the mountains a little more closely.
Thank you for a fantastic holiday.