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Serralongue, Haut-Vallespir, Pyrenees-Orientales, France - Serralongue - "entre ciel et vert"

The small village of Serralongue is situated to the south of Canigou, the legendary Catalan mountain, which dominates the whole of the Pyrenees-Orientales. At a height of 720 metres, here the landscape is greener with horses and cattle in the fields, very different to the Mediterranean coastline, only an hour's drive away. With the stunning views across the Pyrenees and down to the coast it is no wonder that the emphasis is on walking and there are many and varied walks for all standards which begin in the village. Both tennis and horse riding (with day treks into the Pyrenees) can also be enjoyed in the village. In addition, almost every other outdoor pursuit is available within an easy drive - a superb golf course at Domaine de Falgos (3500 feet altitude) is half an hour away; an adventure park at Prats de Mollo (20 minutes); fishing in the local rivers and swimming in the Mediterranean.

The nearby town of Prats de Mollo is dominated by an imposing 17th century fort designed by Vauban. This reflects the colourful history of the Vallespir which only became, finally, French in 1659. A fact which is also evident from the continuing Catalan traditions, not least the language which is still spoken by many in the villages. The traditional dance, the Sardane, is performed in the streets by young and old and bull fighting still takes place at nearby Ceret during the summer.

Serralongue has a medieval church, a museum describing its 3,000 year history using mock-ups of life of the time and the last "conjurador" in the whole of Catalunya! High up and overlooking the village are the Towers of Cabrenc, three towers which are classified historic monuments. These are being restored by a local group and, if you can manage the sometimes tricky walk up to them, there is a picnic area in the shade In June, the local priest performs the ceremony of the "Blessing of the Mules" with the mules and horses ridden by children in local costume. Also in June is the celebration of the "Feu de St Jean" when fire is brought done from Canigou to all the villages to ignite a large bonfire. In August there is the village festival which spreads over 3 days and combines market stalls and petanque matches during the day with disco or traditional dancing at night.

Serralongue also benefits from a lively café/bar which is open all year and provides the hub of the village. Bread can be ordered from here and the local newspaper is on sale. Excellent home cooked food is available in the evenings, as well as snacks at lunchtime, with drinks being served all day. Opposite, there is an epicerie/charcuterie which sells its own produce as well as the usual staples.

Written by Penelope Parkinson - Owner of Property 74369 in Serralongue, France

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                                                                                                      Great house, great location!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      There are lots of positives for this accommodation. In terms of the property itself: off-street driveway, secure gate access to the side of the property, fantastic outdoor space with a lovely pool and several areas to dine, including a breakfast balcony off the kitchen and separate BBQ area, not to mention the spectacular views to drink in that surround the property! There's also a brand new light and airy well-equipped kitchen/diner, spacious living room, two bedrooms and large bathroom to the first floor, large bedroom and shower room to the second floor, also with a mezzanine lounge area, garage with washing machine and direct access to the outdoor washing line. Overall this house was very practical, clean, and a great space for myself, my partner and my parents for our weeks holiday - we could easily have stayed longer. In terms of the location: on leaving the property on foot, a short stroll to the right leads you to the Tech river where on crossing finds you in a lovely, cool, wooded area ideal for walks. This location also has a cafe which seemed to host a variety of activities including a boules event one day and a music event another. A short stroll from the property to the left finds you in the small 'real' town of Arles sur Tech. Which is perfectly equipped with a boulangerie, butchers, a couple of bars, a few restaurants (love the pizzeria - especially the outdoor seating area), a mini supermarket, the Marie, tourist info, wine cave and more. From Arles sur Tech it's a short drive to many attractions in the local area, such as Argeles, Collioure, Port Vendres, Cadaques, Perpignan etc. My family and I would definitely stay here again.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                                                                                      Bliss

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                                                                                                      The gite we stayed in was exactly what we had hoped for- an oasis of peace and tranquility with plenty of things to see and do within easy reach. There are walking trails everywhere and no shortage of quaint villages to explore. There are good restaurants quite close or better still grab some top quality meat from the friendly butcher in Prats de Mollo and barbecue under the stunning night sky with a bottle or two of the local brew. Simon and Ashley were the ideal hosts - they couldn't have been more helpful or pleasant. Both have s a fantastic knowledge of the local area and were only too happy to help in any way they could. 5 stars, we'll be back.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2015
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2015

                                                                                                      Wonderful views.

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                                                                                                      We had a lovely time in this property. The views were stunning. We would love to return, and would recommend to friends.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2015
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2015