Roussillon is little-known, unspoilt and offers a lot of high quality restaurants and choices of activities. You can explore villages, historical monuments, appreciate the scenery and natural mountains, lakes, valleys and plains. For a great family holiday, it is unbeatable.
When is Roussillon not Roussillon?
Now first of all we need to clear up a little bit of confusion regarding the name of the region. The French Government (in its great wisdom) has decided to re-name the large regions of France and some of the départements (smaller bits). So the old Languedoc Roussillon no longer exists – no we don’t know why either – as it is now called Occitanie.
Within Occitanie, the former exotic-sounding Pyrenees Orientales – which contained Perpignan – is now called Pays Catalan. So there you have it; Roussillon no longer actually exists, but like everybody else we will ignore that fact and use the name anyway!
Lots to See and Do!
Our past guests report that there is too much choice and they yearn to return to the Languedoc Roussillon region. No-one wants to miss the Medieval castle at Carcassonne; the underground caves of Villefranche; the geological raw cliffs and tectonic plates by the D’Agly river and Chateau de Jau with its quirky restaurant.
Or how about the rock castles at Collioure with the after-lunch hill walk to Fort Elme; the stone skimming on the shorelines of Collioure’s hidden bay, and lunching on tapas either in the restaurant or sat on the beach with a packed lunch with breath-taking views.
Beaches and Resorts
The Roussillon region (now known as Pays Catalan) offers a fabulous selection of beaches and resorts. Towards the Spanish border, the geography is essentially that of the Costa Brava. The beaches here tend to be a bit stony but the scenery is more dramatic. Banyuls sur Mer, Cerbere and Port Vendres are a few examples. Whereas you miss out on fine sand in these more southern resorts, you do get great restaurants, fine vineyards and mountain views – towards the foothills of the Pyrenees.
Further north towards Perpignan, things get more touristy. The big resorts of Argeles sur Mer, St Cyprien and Canet Plage are fully geared up for everything that a young family could need. Canet particularly has fine, golden sands and a seemingly endless selection of cafes, bars and restaurants.
Once you discover Roussillon you will want to return time and time again.
Maybe for next time then the wine tasting in Banyuls or closer to home our local award winning wine domaines; simple walks in the vines to Giants Bench to survey the majestic Pyrenees in the distance.
River walks just down the road from Imagine Roussillon allow you to discover the homes of local birds such as Aigrette, Cormorant, Flamant Rose,blue heron, kingfishers, European Rollers, Orioles, woodpeckers and much more. Local brasserie lunches with wine will be a 20 mins walk to St Nazaire; water activities are easily accessible in Port Leucate, Bacarès and Canet’s north port. Most of our guests like their food and small discrete bays of St Marie la Mer; Collioure; Banyuls and Cerebere whilst Canet is superior for a safe, happy beach with white, fine, sand and a shallow water entry for the little ones. It also has a host of kids play activities all up the corniche and a wide variety of restaurant and fare to choose lunch or dinner. Beach clubs have become very trendy and our area is expert at offering the best for families who want to be part of a club and have sun loungers or fine foods – Temple Bar; Caliente; Baraquette.
Perpignan is more cosmopolitan than many of the smaller Roussillon towns. It hosts modern shops and boutiques with old historical buildings such as the Castillet which is now a museum and community exhibition point.
The Palace of the Kings of Majorca is also a popular visitors destination as are the natural history museum and the various parks and gardens. Perpignan is just 15 minutes by car to the resort of Canet Plage. It also has its own airport, which links you easily to Stansted and other UK airports, as well as Ireland.
Visit the hidden Gem of Roussillon
We urge you to visit the Mediterranean coastal region of Roussillon – ok, “Pays Catalan”. Situated in the south of France by the Spanish border; discover a new inspiration.
Roussillon can offer the facilities and geography that will reawaken you and help you capture happy memories with your family. And because it is less well known than the “other” South of France, you might spend less time battling the crowds and more time actually enjoying your family holiday!