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Make a holiday rental villa or apartment in Vallespir, France your home away from home

Vallespir, a district of Northern Catalonia, is in the French department of Pyrenees-Orientales. A region of flat land between the dominating Aspres Mountains and the rocky Frausa range, Vallespir is a dramatic scenic destination, laden with steep valleys, productive vineyards and colourful orchards. It is a massively scenic region with a rich culture, having attracted many artists and writers across the centuries. A holiday villa in Vallespir not only offers magnificent views, healthy living and great cuisine, but is becoming a secret sporting haven too.

Places to holiday in Vallespir, France

The capital of Vallespir, Ceret, is a maze of narrow streets and gurgling streams which give the town a pleasant laid back character. The Archaeological Museum of Ceret shows artefacts from the Middle Ages back to pre-historic times, and the town is host to a magnificent array of festivals and parades including the Procession of the Resuscitated on Easter Sunday, the Cherry Fair and Flamenco Festival in June, Sardine Festival and bullfighting Feria.

Arles-sur-Tech also has rich traditions and legends. The Romanesque and gothic Arles-sur-Tech Abbey is a stunning building which must be visited from any Vallespir holiday accommodation, especially during February, April or June, when the Bear Festival, Goat Fair and Benediction of the Mules occur respectively.

Maureillas-las-Illas is a stunning mountain town, of which the architectural gem is undoubtedly the outstanding Saint Martin de Fenollar Chapel. The October Fair is not to be missed.

If you would like to experience all that is best about Vallespir from the secluded comfort of the mountains, a holiday rental in St Laurent de Cerdans is an excellent option. Located in an impossibly picturesque part of the Pyrenees and with an undeniable Catalan flavour, St Laurent de Credans even boasts its own golf course.

Things to do in Vallespir, France

Vallespir is a department where health and good living are paramount. The thermal spas at Boulou, Amelie-les-Bains and Prats-de-Mollo have attracted a large number of health conscious visitors since the curative properties were discovered by the Romans.

The Ceret Museum of Modern Art displays a staggering collection of works from throughout the centuries which have been inspired by the lifestyle and sights of Vallespir.

Due to its magnificent landscape, Vallespir is of course a magnet for walking holidays. There are massive swaths of mountainous countryside for walking and the more hardy cyclists out there, as well as the annual Rally du Vallespir.

Vallespir is a region of breath taking scenery, well being and mouth water gastronomy. A marvellous place to walk, relax and eat, Vallespir holiday accommodation provides and idyllic place to unwind.

Weather in Vallespir, France

The region receives a huge amount of sun, and is now a centre for research into solar power. Summer temperatures are a pleasant 27°C, although due to the landscape, weather can be somewhat unpredictable!

Travel to Vallespir, France

Flights into the region land at Carcassonne (CCF), Perpignan (PGF), Toulouse (TLS) or Gerona Airport (GRO). There are plenty of options direct from the UK, and many service providers, especially British Airways, offer good deals on cheap flights.

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                                                                                                      Superb villa in a stunning setting

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We have stayed in many holiday properties in Europe and this one is probably the best overall in terms of quality, location, setting and facilities. The booking process was excellent with great communication from the very helpful owner. Very comprehensive directions and property details made our preparation and stay very smooth. The villa is very clean, comfortable and very well equipped with everything you could need and more. We cook in the villa most of the time and we found it had everything we wanted to do this, both kitchen and barbecue cooking. Lots of room inside and out. We were a couple, but there is plenty of room for more. The pool is absolutely gorgeous and kept very clean. You cannot possibly ever tire of laying back in the pool and gazing up at the mountains. Idyllic. The property isn't alone as there are other properties close by, but it is still very private and secluded and the pool isn't overlooked. This is a perfect combination. We also took our springer spaniel dog with us and the villa was perfect for him. The garden was enclosed and safe, with plenty of shaded areas. The local vets in Prades was excellent for the pet passport checks and treatments before we set off back. The inside of the villa keeps cool even in the hot weather, which was great. There are so many places to visit nearby. It is perfectly placed for trips to the coast - less than an hour. We visited Collioure and Port Vendres and would highly recommend both. Less than an hour the other way, and on one of the most stunning drives you will ever take, you are in the mountains and ski resorts. We even saw snow on top of the mountains one morning we were there (yes, in August!) which was lovely to see. It is extremely well placed for shops - 10 mins drive away is Prades which has two supermarkets which are excellent, as well as other shops. Nearer still are Villefranche-de-Conflent and Eus, both of which are must see places. As is Les Orgues D'Ille. All a short drive away. I could go on. I've probably gone on too much already, but I want to get across what a wonderful place this is for a holiday. PS, we loved the frog chorus, and the crickets. It lets you know you are in the countryside. The perfect accompaniment to sitting out with a glass of wine under the stars at night, looking up at the mountains. We loved our stay here and were very sad to leave. We hope to return one day.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

                                                                                                      Beautiful mountain retreat with fun in the pool action with our boys!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The villa was in an amazing location half way up the side of a valley with mountain views all round. Villa spotless and very well equipped. As previous reviewers have said the photos don't do the property justice as it was much more spacious than expected and lovely big living room with dining table (although ate outside every day/evening) and 2 bedrooms (red and blue!) were huge and the purple bedroom perfectly adequate for 2 twins. Kitchen had everything needed for cooking and plenty of plates/cups/glasses for a big party as well as utilised the picnic box, plastic cutlery plates and ice blocks - thank you! Pool was perfect size for 2 boys - aged 4 and 6 with safe steps in and big enough for jumping in and quick laps. Plenty of outside furniture available. Liz Jenkins, the owner, provided lots of information prior to the stay on the area and plenty of info in the villa when you arrive - always answered promptly if had queries or needed anything whilst we were away. Laurent - the infamous pool man - was lovely and always nearby if needed anything. Had fun chatting in our best franglais! Lovely stroll through the sleepy, quiet village to the cafe to get baguettes and chocolate croissants every morning. Not a lot of activity there and very basic looking inside (think had only just reopened) but always at least one local having their morning coffee!. Sitting on the balcony more amazing views all round. Daily activity was pool in morning, drive up a mountain over hotter mid-day lunchtime, then back to the pool for more swimming after 3. Favourite drive was to Mantet - idyllic, mountain village with expansive views and pastures at the top of the mountain - beautiful drive from valley bottom to the top. Only small point could perhaps be improved slightly was the exterior of the house could perhaps do with a lick of paint and a bit of a freshen up but had no impact on the holiday or on our enjoyment but if giving an honest review this was the only thing we remarked on. Fab holiday thank you Liz and John
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017