Pyrenees-Orientales places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Pyrenees-Orientales department of Languedoc-Roussillon. See also our Pyrenees-Orientales travel guide

photo of Argeles-sur-Mer


The long beach, the forest and the lively town mean Argeles-sur-Mer is a very popular summertime resort
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photo of Arles-sur-Tech


The main highlight in Arles-sur-Tech is the Benedictine Abbey and cloisters, mostly dating from the 13th century
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photo of Banyuls-sur-Mer


As well as the beach in Banyuls-sur-Mer there is also an old town of narrow streets to explore
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photo of Castelnou


The picturesque village of Castelnou, overlooked by a castle, is one of our favourite Languedoc-Roussillon villages
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photo of Ceret


Ceret has an extensive historic town centre and a Picasso Museum among its highlights. Among our favourite towns in the western Pyrenees.
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photo of Collioure


With a very attractive traditional harbour town to exlore and a small beach, Collioure is our favourite Languedoc resort
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photo of Elne


Elne is a quiet town, with the cathedral cloisters among the highlights in the town
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photo of Eus


The steep streets of Eus re very lovely to explore - and it is said to be the sunniest village in France!
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photo of Fort de Salses

Fort de Salses

The medieval fort of Salses was transformed by Vauban to create a substantial and impregnable fortress
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photo of Gorges de la Fou

Gorges de la Fou

In the Gorges de la Fou you can walk along the bottom of one of the deepest gorges in the Pyrenees
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photo of Ille-sur-Tet


In Ille-sur-Tet it is the remarkable rock formations on the edge of the village that are most interesting to visitors
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photo of Molitg-les-Bains


If you are wanting a spa break in the Pyrenees mountains the scenery and setting for Molitg-les-Bains would make it a good choice
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photo of Mosset


The medieval streets in the heart of Mosset have helped it become listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France'
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photo of Mount Canigou

Mount Canigou

Although not very high, Mont Canigou dominates the landscape and culture of the wetern Pyrenees
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photo of Perpignan


Those looking for a traditional French town with interesting sites will be pleased to discover Perpignan
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photo of Port Vendres

Port Vendres

Port-Vendres is a natural port (unusual here in southern Languedoc), a local fishing town and a yacht harbour
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photo of Prades


Prades makes a pleasant detour when you are exploring the valleys of the western Pyrenees
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photo of Prats de Mollo la Preste

Prats de Mollo la Preste

In Prats-de-Mollo you will enjoy exploring the historic centre, then the energetic can climb the hill to the Fort Lagarede above the town
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photo of Saint Cyprien - Pyrenees Orientales

Saint Cyprien - Pyrenees Orientales

Activity in the seaside resort of Saint-Cyprien is most definitely centred around the beach and seafront!
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photo of Villefranche-de-Conflent


Villefranche-de-Conflent is a fascinating place to explore, with a fortified ancient village in the valley and a substantial fort high on the cliff above the village
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For more information see the Pyrenees-Orientales guide

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Market towns & days in Pyrenees-Orientales

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Amelie-les-Bains-Palalda: Thursday
Argeles-sur-Mer: Wednesday & Saturday
Argeles-sur-Mer: Sunday & Monday & Tuesday & Thursday (high season only)
Banyuls-sur-Mer: Thursday & Sunday
Canet-en-Roussillon: Tuesday & Thursday
Ceret: Saturday
Collioure: Wednesday & Sunday
Elne: Wednesday & Friday
Ille-sur-Tet: Wednesday & Friday
Le Barcares: Monday (high season only)
Le Barcares: Wednesday & Sunday & Friday
Le Boulou: Thursday
Millas: Tuesday & Thursday
Perpignan: Every day
Port-Vendres: Saturday
Prades: Tuesday
Rivesaltes: Monday
Saint-Cyprien: Tuesday (high season only)
Saint-Cyprien: Thursday & Friday
Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque: Thursday & Sunday
Thuir: Saturday
Toulouges: Tuesday & Friday

Tourist attractions to visit in Pyrenees-Orientales

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Towns of Art and History

Perpignan: See tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Lac du Bouillouses

Orgues d'Ille-sur-Tet: See tourist guide

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Perpignan: See tourist guide

Religious Monuments

Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou (Casteil)

Abbaye Saint Michel de Cuixa (Codalet)

Chapel Saint-Martin de Fenollar (Maureillas-las-Illas)

Chapelle de Casenoves (Ille-sur-tet)

Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges (Cabestany)

Eglise de Saint Michel (Saint-Genis-des-fontaines)

Eglise de Sainte Marie de Marcevol (Arboussols)

Eglise de Sainte-Marie (Corneilla-de-Conflent)

Prieuré de Serrabone (Boule-d'Amont)

Regional Natural Parcs

Pyrenees Catalanes

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Prades: See tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Castelnou: See tourist guide

Eus: See tourist guide

Mosset: See tourist guide

Villefranche-de-Conflent: See tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Mont-Louis citadelle (Vauban fortifications)

Villefranche-de-Conflent enceinte / fort (Vauban fortifications)

Grand Sites of France

Massif du Canigou: See tourist guide