Around The Region
Closer to Home
This charming undiscovered region hidden beyond remote ramparts of limestone, which top the Agly valley, the area's organically shaped villages sit amidst waves of oak and beech forests that cascade from the Fenouilledes ridge tops. Small vineyards and neat vegetable plots are scattered on the inhabitable reaches and ancient crumbling castles erupt from rocky outcrops. It is a destination you should consider all year, for each season has its own charms.
Nicknamed 'the lungs of Europe' it is a place where you will enjoy many colourful butterflies, abundant wild flowers, rare fungi and birds of prey soaring above. If you are lucky you might even see an elusive wild boar, deer or stunning giant green lizard.
Moulin de Perle is situated midway between two small villages. A plan d'eau, mini golf and tennis court are located in Le Vivier only 10 minutes walk and the quaint village of Fosse with its free open air swimming pool (summer only) and tennis court is 5 minutes walking distance in the opposite direction. Several bars/restaurants providing anything from a quick snack to a gourmet meal, a general store, bakery and butcher are located in Caudies 10 minutes drive and the larger village of St Paul ( 20 minutes drive ) offers several restaurants, banks, petrol stations, bakery, butcher, tabac and a medium sized Carrefour supermarket.
Within an hour you can visit the thermal baths at Rennes les Bains an example of the Roman architectural finesse. Climb one of the largest Cathar castles - Peyrepetuse for incredible views of the region. Descend the Gorge de Galamus at St Paul to Ermitage de St Antoine built into the rock side and swim in the beautiful plunge pools below. Admire Mount Canigou the sacred mountain of Catalan people that dominates the Eastern Pyrenees. Visit the larger town of Perpignan with its museums, cathedrals and extensive shopping areas or spend the day at one of the Mediterranean Beaches/Coves for a day lazing in the sun to name just a few.
For longer days out, a drive of between an hour or two takes you to the fortified medieval town of Carcassonne one of France's most popular attractions. Descend the impressive limestone caves at Villefranche de Conflent and catch Le Petit Train Jaune a stunning train journey to the roof of the Pyrenees. Climb the Benedictine Monastery Saint Martin du Canigou at Casteil for a trip that leaves an impression. Enjoy the interactive museum of prehistory at Tautavel with its audiovisual trip into the past. Visit the duty free paradise of Andorra for a days spending. Drive along the Corniche from Banyuls into Spain for extraordinary coastline and amazing views, choosing an inspiring days outing is never a problem.
Not forgetting the numerous markets offering an excellent selection of local specialities/fresh produce on a daily basis in the region and the area is also re known for its Catalan delicacies(saucissons, honey, wild boar too name a few), Roussillon Wine (the largest and oldest wine growing region in France) and mountainous sheep/goat cheeses.