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The last motorway exit of Le Boulou leads you up the Vallespir Valley (on the D115) to Céret.

Céret (30 mins) is a small market town, where several famous artists have lived for short periods (Picasso, Chagall, Braque). Céret boasts a famous Museum of Modern Art and plays host to bullfighting festival every year in July.

Amélie les Bains (20 mins), a thriving spa town with its medieval district of Palalda, is the next stop up the Vallespir. Here you will find a casino with a very good restaurant. If you fancy dancing before lunchtime, you could visit the Grand Café de Paris in the centre of town.

In Arles sur Tech (15 mins) there’s a beautiful Abbey from the 13th century which is worth a visit. The town also has a museum dedicated to what used to be the main living in this region: iron production and forged ironwork (which is where Montferrer – our nearest village – gets its name).

From 'Arles', it is but a short drive to the village of Corsavy, which is beautifully situated with wonderful views. From Corsavy you can either continue further up to La Batère (with a café and hotel at 1500 metres) where you will find the old mine, or turn back towards Montferrer and Can Llouquette.

The journey from Can Llouquette to the village of Le Tech is only a few minutes by car. In Le Tech you can have an excellent lunch at the Café Union, a genuine Catalan café.

From Le Tech you can proceed to the impressive small town of Prats de Mollo (10 mins) where a Medieval Age play is arranged every summer on the ramparts of Fort Lagarde.

If you continue further up this road you will arrive in La Preste, the last village on this road and another of the many spas in Roussillon.

Carrying on from Prats de Mollo you are about 20 minutes' exhilirating drive over the massif of Col D'Ares and the border, to Mollo and Camprodon in Spain.


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