Places of interest

So many places to visit - you will be spoilt for choice!

Several of the most beautiful villages in France can be found within a few miles, including:

  • Villefranche de Conflent (5 miles) – Medieval walled town and UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Eus (11 miles)
  • Evol (11 miles)
  • Mosset (15 miles)
  • Castlenou (30 miles)




Abbey Saint Martin du Canigou

The Abbey Saint Martin du Canigou is a superbly restored medieval abbey that was originally a Benedictine monastery.  It nestles in the mountains above Casteil (about 3 miles away).  It’s a steep climb up to the abbey, but the fantastic views make it well worth the effort!  It is now home to a religious community who offer guided tours which take about an hour.




Les Grandes Canalettes

The Caves of the Grandes Canalettes are three separate cave sites in and around Villefranche de Conflent. The caves offer a truly magnificent spectacle with routes which are safely marked with proper stairways and handrails.  You follow a self-guided tour that is about 1km and is accompanied by atmospheric music and lighting.

Every evening during July and August there is a “Son et Lumiere” music show in the underground cathedral.


This area offers an abundance of cultural activities, including art galleries, museums and concerts…


The village of Collioure – about an hour’s drive away – is renowned for the wonderful qualities of its light and has been immortalised by many famous artists including Picasso, Matisse, Dali and Mackintosh.  If you like St Ives in Cornwall, you will love Collioure!




Click here for our suggestions of the Top 20 things to see and do on holiday at La Chataigneraie


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