Guidebook for Prades

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Guidebook for Prades

Sightseeing

Benedictine Abbey that hosts exhibitions & concerts of the Casals music festival each summer. Check out the iris garden or picnic in the fields below & dip your feet in the crystal clear stream.
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Abbey of Saint Michel de Cuxa
Route de Taurinya
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Benedictine Abbey that hosts exhibitions & concerts of the Casals music festival each summer. Check out the iris garden or picnic in the fields below & dip your feet in the crystal clear stream.
Make the steep climb up to this abbey for some breath taking views. Take water, sun screen and your camera.
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Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou
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Make the steep climb up to this abbey for some breath taking views. Take water, sun screen and your camera.
Walk up through the narrow, winding streets to the church, this village is famous for it's 300 days of sun. Enjoy some tapas in cafe on the way down with fab views down the valley.
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Eus
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Walk up through the narrow, winding streets to the church, this village is famous for it's 300 days of sun. Enjoy some tapas in cafe on the way down with fab views down the valley.
Vauban fortified village with lots to see and do for all the family. Caves, rampart walk, Fort Liberia, church, story of the witches etc. Good selection of restaurants and tourist shops inc potteries
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Villefranche de Conflent
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Vauban fortified village with lots to see and do for all the family. Caves, rampart walk, Fort Liberia, church, story of the witches etc. Good selection of restaurants and tourist shops inc potteries
Walk up or get the jeep to this fort perched up above Villefranche de Conflent. See how it was used to house Prisoners of War. Various small exhibitions. Take the 700+ steps back down to the village.
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Fort Liberia
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Walk up or get the jeep to this fort perched up above Villefranche de Conflent. See how it was used to house Prisoners of War. Various small exhibitions. Take the 700+ steps back down to the village.
Visit these interesting caves. Wear sensible shoes and a jumper it can get cold and damp down there!
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Grotte des Canalettes
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Visit these interesting caves. Wear sensible shoes and a jumper it can get cold and damp down there!
Jewellers with a special walk through tour about the local garnet. 2€ for adults, children free.
La Manufacture du Grenat
62 Av. Guy Malé
Jewellers with a special walk through tour about the local garnet. 2€ for adults, children free.
A beautiful other worldy feel to this small priory perched high up in the hills. Take a picnic and explore the vegetable gardens and great views. Lovely day out.
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Serrabone Priory
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A beautiful other worldy feel to this small priory perched high up in the hills. Take a picnic and explore the vegetable gardens and great views. Lovely day out.
Try one of the spa treatments at the Le Grand hotel where they are famous for using the naturally occuring hot water. Or have a drink on their fab terrace, with occassional live music.
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Molitg-les-Bains
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Try one of the spa treatments at the Le Grand hotel where they are famous for using the naturally occuring hot water. Or have a drink on their fab terrace, with occassional live music.
Beautiful walks around a series of lakes. Free roaming cows and horses, great picnic spots, wide streams for paddling, amazing scenery - a must! During the summer you have to park and ride.
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Lac des Bouillouses
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Beautiful walks around a series of lakes. Free roaming cows and horses, great picnic spots, wide streams for paddling, amazing scenery - a must! During the summer you have to park and ride.
Beautiful town with pebble beaches, castle, light house, restaurants. Famous for inspiring artists with its beauty and natural light. Can get very, very busy. Parking in high season can be tricky
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Collioure
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Beautiful town with pebble beaches, castle, light house, restaurants. Famous for inspiring artists with its beauty and natural light. Can get very, very busy. Parking in high season can be tricky

Food Scene

Good, gastronomic food from husband and wife team. Recommended. http://gvillago.ovhsitebuilder.com
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Restaurant Le Galie
3 Av. du Général de Gaulle
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Good, gastronomic food from husband and wife team. Recommended. http://gvillago.ovhsitebuilder.com
A good place to have a drink on the main square and watch the world go by.
Cafe de la Paix
15 Pl. de la République
A good place to have a drink on the main square and watch the world go by.
Restaurant entrance on the main square.
El Patio
19 Pl. de la République
Restaurant entrance on the main square.
Pizza, pasta, steaks etc family friendly, reasonably prized.
Le Sphinx
115 Av. du Général de Gaulle
Pizza, pasta, steaks etc family friendly, reasonably prized.
Chinese style food to eat in or take away.
Vietnam
99 Av. du Général de Gaulle
Chinese style food to eat in or take away.
During the summer months enjoy their garden for a simple meal.
Hôtel Hostalrich
156 Av. du Général de Gaulle
During the summer months enjoy their garden for a simple meal.
Two restaurants in one, a brasserie and a more formal choice. Out side seating in the summer
Restaurant Le Pablo
3 Rue Paul Tortelier
Two restaurants in one, a brasserie and a more formal choice. Out side seating in the summer
B&B with summer restaurant in the garden. Beautiful view of the mountain.
Villa du Parc
49 Rte de Ria
B&B with summer restaurant in the garden. Beautiful view of the mountain.
Fabulous, gastronomic cooking from this local celebrity chef. Unfortunately it's a drive to restaurant as there is no public transport and it is in the owners house.
Les Loges du Jardin d'Aymeric 04.68.96.08.72
7 Rue du Canigou
Fabulous, gastronomic cooking from this local celebrity chef. Unfortunately it's a drive to restaurant as there is no public transport and it is in the owners house.
Simple cafe with an emphasis on children
Caffé and co
1 Rue des Marchands
Simple cafe with an emphasis on children
Cheap and cheerful small restaurant with outdoor terrace where your starter and main course all arrive on the same plate! Very popular with local and tourists alike.
Le Royal
Cheap and cheerful small restaurant with outdoor terrace where your starter and main course all arrive on the same plate! Very popular with local and tourists alike.
High quality food in this modern building in the small village of Taurinya. Occassional concerts and exhibitions. Or come and have a drink on the terrace.
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El Taller
2 Rue Jacint Verdaguer
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High quality food in this modern building in the small village of Taurinya. Occassional concerts and exhibitions. Or come and have a drink on the terrace.
Great bakery with seats in the garden of this old convent to have your tea and cake. Baking master classes and B&B.
Le Couvent
Le Couvent
Great bakery with seats in the garden of this old convent to have your tea and cake. Baking master classes and B&B.
English owned restaurant in Vernet les Bains. Cook your food on hot rocks (22€) or order from the main menu (27€). Dining room and terrace at the top of Vernet village just to the side of the church
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SARL Bistrot Le Cortal
Rue du Château
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English owned restaurant in Vernet les Bains. Cook your food on hot rocks (22€) or order from the main menu (27€). Dining room and terrace at the top of Vernet village just to the side of the church

Essentials

Award winning chocolate maker
TORRES Chocolatier & Bean to Bar
Award winning chocolate maker
Great boulangerie
La Justinette
10 Rue Jean Jaurès
Great boulangerie
Goûts et Arômes is a fabulous wine shop. Ask Soni Gomez the owner about the wine, he is incredibly knowledgable and can recommend some amazing local wines.
Gomez 3 G
30 Rue Jean Jaurès
Goûts et Arômes is a fabulous wine shop. Ask Soni Gomez the owner about the wine, he is incredibly knowledgable and can recommend some amazing local wines.
Excellent organic super market with a wide selection.
The Biocoop Plantula
Gibraltar
Excellent organic super market with a wide selection.
Small supermarket in the centre of town open on Sunday mornings as well as through out the week.
SPAR Supermarché
14 Rue Jean Jaurès
Small supermarket in the centre of town open on Sunday mornings as well as through out the week.
large supermarket, online delivery, car hire, petrol station etc
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Super U et drive
Route d'Eus
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large supermarket, online delivery, car hire, petrol station etc

Drinks & Nightlife

Join the locals for a drink. Occasional evening entertainment, bands etc. Casual and light hearted.
Brasserie El Rider
32 All. Arago
Join the locals for a drink. Occasional evening entertainment, bands etc. Casual and light hearted.

Entertainment & Activities

On the Southern side of the N116 there is a swimming lake with beach. Life guard on duty during summer months. Kids rides and pedalos (payable) in season. Toilets, snack bar/café, picnic tables
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Retenue de Vinça
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On the Southern side of the N116 there is a swimming lake with beach. Life guard on duty during summer months. Kids rides and pedalos (payable) in season. Toilets, snack bar/café, picnic tables
Try taking a dip in these naturally occuring hot springs. This swimming pool is filled with the hot water and in the winter you can relax and float about with snow all round you. Can get very busy.
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Banys de Sant Tomàs
Aygue Calente
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Try taking a dip in these naturally occuring hot springs. This swimming pool is filled with the hot water and in the winter you can relax and float about with snow all round you. Can get very busy.
Lake surrounded by family friendly activities; crazy golf, canoeing, trampolines, play ground, dog sledding etc. Take the cable car at Les Angles up and walk down the pistes to the lake.
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Lac de Matemale
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Lake surrounded by family friendly activities; crazy golf, canoeing, trampolines, play ground, dog sledding etc. Take the cable car at Les Angles up and walk down the pistes to the lake.
Small beach backed by old fishermans houses (now holiday homes) and a few restaurants - a retro vibe. Parking can be tricky in high season.
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Le Racou (El Racó)
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Small beach backed by old fishermans houses (now holiday homes) and a few restaurants - a retro vibe. Parking can be tricky in high season.
Large beach resort with wide sandy beach backed by hotels, restaurants and cafes. A few fair ground rides and beach sellers. Public toilets and beach showers.
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Canet Plage station
Rue Eole
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Large beach resort with wide sandy beach backed by hotels, restaurants and cafes. A few fair ground rides and beach sellers. Public toilets and beach showers.
Smaller beach with sloping beach backed by a selection of bars and restaurants. Playground and large car park
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Sainte-Marie
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Smaller beach with sloping beach backed by a selection of bars and restaurants. Playground and large car park
A more natural beach, no facilities and less people. lots of car parking on rough ground. Watch the kite surfers and sailing boats. Deserted in winter, ideal for winter picnics.
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Torreilles Plage
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A more natural beach, no facilities and less people. lots of car parking on rough ground. Watch the kite surfers and sailing boats. Deserted in winter, ideal for winter picnics.

Arts & Culture

Excellent cinema with occassional original language films. Film festival held every summer.
Cinéma Le Lido
174 Av. du Général de Gaulle
Excellent cinema with occassional original language films. Film festival held every summer.
A good theatre with plays, performances, exhibitions and concerts. Next to the bus station.
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Theatre Archipelago
Avenue du Général Leclerc
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A good theatre with plays, performances, exhibitions and concerts. Next to the bus station.

Everything Else

tourist office with information about the town and region.
Office de Tourisme Conflent Canigo
10 Pl. de la République
tourist office with information about the town and region.
Interesting local pottery in the UNESCO world heritage site of Villefranche de Conflent
Poterie de la Citadelle
17 Rue Saint-Jean
Interesting local pottery in the UNESCO world heritage site of Villefranche de Conflent
Bus station with 1€ buses to all east bound destinations and west bound as far as Villefranche.
Gare Routière
Bus station with 1€ buses to all east bound destinations and west bound as far as Villefranche.
Perpignan train station. Car hire, TGV arrivals, long and short term parking. 1€ train to Prades
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Perpignan station
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Perpignan train station. Car hire, TGV arrivals, long and short term parking. 1€ train to Prades
Train station - not always manned. Ticket machine on platform. 1€ to Perpignan
SNCF station
Boulevard de la Gare
Train station - not always manned. Ticket machine on platform. 1€ to Perpignan
A gaming casino but also a pleasant park, small play ground and areas to picnic around a small lake.
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Casino de Vernet-Les-Bains
Allée du Parc
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A gaming casino but also a pleasant park, small play ground and areas to picnic around a small lake.