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City:Perpignan

Cathar Country Train Jouneys

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Visit the Cathar Country on board of the little trains "du Pays Cathare".
The journeys offered vary from 1 1/2 hours to 1/2 day.
The trains depart from different train stations in the department of Pyrénées Orientales (including Rivesaltes).
eyecandyWeb Site:www.tpcf.fr
eyecandyAddress:Gare SNCF, Rivesaltes
eyecandyPhone: 04 68 20 04 00

"Festa Major" of Prats de Mallo

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Local festival of Prats de Mallo.
Dates: July 16th and 17th 2016
eyecandyWeb Site:www.pratsdemollolapreste.com
eyecandyAddress:66230 PRATS-DE-MOLLO-LA-PRESTE
eyecandyPhone:+33 4 68 39 70 83

Arles-sur-Tech "Festa Major"

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Arles-sur-Tech, a village in the department of Pyrénées Orientales - is known for its water generating holy tomb. Each year on July 30th the village is celebrating the holy tomb with a festival that features miraculous water distribution, procession of busts of Saints Abdon and Sennen, the patron saints of the village. After the procession, a Mass is celebrated in the Abbey followed "sardanes" on the church square. The tradition of the "Festa Major" is perpetuated since the fifteenth century.
Date: July 30, 2016
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eyecandyAddress:Arles-sur-Tech
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Prehistory Center of Tautavel

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The town of Tautavel is situated some 27km (17 mi) Northwest of Perpignan.
The town is the location of the European Prehistory Center and it's museum.
This complex was built near the cave where the remains of the prehistoric Man Of Tautavel were found.
eyecandyWeb Site:www.450000ans.com
eyecandyAddress:avenue Léon-Jean-Grégory, 66720 TAUTAVEL
eyecandyPhone: +33 (0)4 68 29 07 7

Guided underwater safari in Cèrbere-Banylus marin reserve

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This is a 250m long underwater route with the starting point at the beach of Peyrefite
.Available between June 30th and September 1st.
eyecandyWeb Site:www.cg66.fr/136-le-sentier-sous-marin-entierement-commente-grace-au-tuba-fm.htm
eyecandyAddress:Cèrbere
eyecandyPhone:04 68 88 56 87

"Sardane" Festival

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Sardane is a traditional Catalan dance. Each year the town of Céret, located some 30 km (18mi) southwest of Perpignan, hosts in July the Sardane Festival.
Dates: July 22,23,24 2016
eyecandyWeb Site:www.ot-ceret.fr
eyecandyAddress:Céret, Pyrénées Orientales
eyecandyPhone:04 68 87 46 49

"Jeudis de Perpignan" -"Thurdsays of Perpignan"

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Each Thursday evening from 6pm to 11:30pm the main squares of Perpignan becomes a stage for free concerts (jazz, rock, ethnic), street theater plays, jugglers, mimes, slapstick bands etc.
Date: July 14th to August 25th 2016
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eyecandyWeb Site:www.perpignantourisme.com
eyecandyAddress:Perpignan
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International Sheepdog Competition

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The competition originates from an ancient tradition of rivalry between the many shepherds who were roaming the vast territories of the Pyrénnées mountains.
Takes place every year in the Sunday BEFORE the last Sunday of July.
eyecandyWeb Site:osseja.com
eyecandyAddress:Osséja, Pyrénées-Orientales
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Prehistory Festivals at Tautavel

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Every summer in Tautavel, two major events are organized by the Museum of Prehistory to public attention: Tautavel Prehistoric Human Days in July and the Feast of Prehistory in August. Free entertainment, meetings with researchers, prehistoric banquets ... offer a wonderful journey into the past for all the family.
Dates: 20, 21 July and 3 August 4, 2016
eyecandyWeb Site:450000ans.com
eyecandyAddress:Centre Européen de Préhistoire, avenue Léon-Jean-Grégory 66 720 TAUTAVEL
eyecandyPhone:+33 (0)4 68 29 07 76

The Yellow Train Catalan

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The train,the highest running train in Europe, crosses the beautiful northern Catalonia region.
It links Villefranche de Conflent (some 50 km or 31 mi west of Perpignan) to Latour de Carol passing by Mont Louis and Fort Romeu. The train runs all year long (some cars are open cars)
eyecandyWeb Site:www.casteil.fr/train%20jaune.htm
eyecandyAddress: CASTEIL , Pyrenees Orientales
eyecandyPhone:08 00 88 60 91