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Prehistory Center of Tautavel

Category:Museums and Exhibitions Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

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.

Web Site:www.450000ans.com
Address:avenue Léon-Jean-Grégory, 66720 TAUTAVEL
Phone: +33 (0)4 68 29 07 7

The Yellow Train Catalan

Category:Scenic Train Rides Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

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)

Web Site:www.casteil.fr/train%20jaune.htm
Address: CASTEIL , Pyrenees Orientales
Phone:08 00 88 60 91

"Fête de l'Ours" - Bear Festival

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Traditional feast of Haut-Vallespir.
Sunday 12 February 2017

Web Site:www.pratsdemollolapreste.com
Address:Prats de Mollo
Phone:

Carnival of Céret

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Céret is located some 30 km (18mi) southwest of Perpignan.
The carnival of Céret takes place on Sunday 6th and Saturday 12th of March 2016

free thing to do
Web Site:www.ot-ceret.fr
Address:Céret, Pyrénées Orientales
Phone:

Cathar Country Train Jouneys

Category:Scenic Train Rides Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

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).

Web Site:www.tpcf.fr
Address:Gare SNCF, Rivesaltes
Phone: 04 68 20 04 00

Perpignan Sacred Music Festival

Category:Concerts Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

The festival includes many entrance free concerts.
Dates: From April 4th to 15th 2017

Web Site:www.mairie-perpignan.fr/culture/festival-musique-sacree
Address:Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales
Phone:

"Procession de la Sanch"

Category:Others Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

This procession that takes place each year on Good Friday is a religious as well as a traditional event in French Catalonia.
From 3pm to 6pm on the Friday before Easter, penitents dressed in black robes with pointed hoods, parade from St. Jacques church to the cathedral carrying crosses. They represent the Passion of Jesus Christ.
In Collioure, the procession takes place at night starting at 9pm. The Regidor (leader) has the traditional red tunic, a pointed hood, and is followed by hooded penitents in black.
The event takes place also in Arles-sur-Tech.
Date: April 14th 2017

free thing to do
Web Site:
Address:Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales
Phone:

Cherries Festival of Céret

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

The festival features street music and dances, a farmer's cherry market etc.
Dates: Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd 2016

free thing to do
Web Site:www.ot-ceret.fr
Address:Céret, Pyrénées Orientales
Phone:

Sol y Fiesta

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Every year for the weekend of the Ascension, Leucate - some 30km north of Perpignan - comes alive for three days of festivities. Animation include street music and parades, open air shows, bodegas etc.
Dates: May 6th and 7th 2016.

free thing to do
Web Site:www.tourisme-leucate.fr
Address:Leucate Village
Phone:

Trobada du Canigou

Category:Others Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

"Trobada du Canigou" is the yearly celebration of Saint-Jean fires.
Every year since 1972 Canigou Peak in Pyrénées-Orientales is hosting on the 23rd of June, the Saint Jean celebration with a bonfire that makes the mountain look during the nights of 23rd to 24th like a volcano.
More than 1,000 people from many countries participate each year at this fest that takes place at 2,784 meters altitude.
The association organizing the event is "Comité International des feux de la Saint-Jean", 52, rue Marechal Foch, Perpignan.

Web Site:www.feuxdelasaintjean.com
Address:Vernet-les-Bains (starting point of Canigou ascension)
Phone:04 68 85 21 21

"Jeudis de Perpignan" -"Thurdsays of Perpignan"

Category:Concerts Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

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

free thing to do
Web Site:www.perpignantourisme.com
Address:Perpignan
Phone:

Prehistory Festivals at Tautavel

Category:Others Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

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

Web Site:450000ans.com
Address:Centre Européen de Préhistoire, avenue Léon-Jean-Grégory 66 720 TAUTAVEL
Phone:+33 (0)4 68 29 07 76

Guided underwater safari in Cèrbere-Banylus marin reserve

Category:Short Organized Tours Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

This is a 250m long underwater route with the starting point at the beach of Peyrefite
.Available between June 30th and September 1st.

Web Site:www.cg66.fr/136-le-sentier-sous-marin-entierement-commente-grace-au-tuba-fm.htm
Address:Cèrbere
Phone:04 68 88 56 87

"Sardane" Festival

Category:Others Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

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

Web Site:www.ot-ceret.fr
Address:Céret, Pyrénées Orientales
Phone:04 68 87 46 49

"Festa Major" of Prats de Mallo

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Local festival of Prats de Mallo.
Dates: July 16th and 17th 2016

Web Site:www.pratsdemollolapreste.com
Address:66230 PRATS-DE-MOLLO-LA-PRESTE
Phone:+33 4 68 39 70 83

Arles-sur-Tech "Festa Major"

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

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

free thing to do
Web Site:
Address:Arles-sur-Tech
Phone:

International Sheepdog Competition

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

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.

Web Site:osseja.com
Address:Osséja, Pyrénées-Orientales
Phone:

"Les Médiévales de Peyrepertuse"

Category:Medieval Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

The life during the medieval times is recreated each year in the Peyrepertuse Cathar Castle during the "Medieval Festival" held in the month of August.
Date: August 9th and 10th 2016!

Web Site:www.chateau-peyrepertuse.com
Address:Duilhac sous Peyrepertuse, Aude
Phone:04 82 53 24 07

St. Vincent Days in Collioure

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Every year from the 14th to the 18th of August, Collioure celebrates the arrival on August 16, 1701 of the relics of St. Vincent, the patron saint of the town. On 16 August, the highest point of the festival, the famous fireworks illuminate the harbour boats and the Collioure fort.

Web Site:www.collioure.com/activites-animations/animations/
Address:Collioure, Pyrénées-Orientales
Phone:

Grape Harvest Festival in Banyuls-sur-Mer

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

For five days oenological and gastronomical events follow one another in the small Catalan port of Banyuls-sur-Mer: a farmer's market, seafood and AOC Banyuls wines tasting, cooking workshops, shows and fanfares, etc.
From 5 to 9 October 2016

free thing to do
Web Site:www.banyuls-sur-mer.com
Address:Banyuls-sur-Mer, Pyrénées Orientales
Phone:

Trobades - Medieval Festival and Market

Category:Medieval Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Dates: October 14th, 15th 2017

free thing to do
Web Site:www.perpignantourisme.com
Address:Perpignan
Phone:

Festa de les Bruixes

Category:Others Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

"Fest de les Bruixes" is the Catalan witches fest. It takes place in the village of Tresserre - some 15km south of Perpignan - since 1987.
The festival features stree music, dances and theatre, a witch parade etc.
Date: October 28, 29 2016

free thing to do
Web Site:www.tresserre.fr
Address:Tresserre, Pyrénées Orientales
Phone:

Saint Cyprien Botanical Gardens

Category:Remarkable Gardens Activity month:

The botanical garden of Saint Cyrien spreads on 5 hectares planted with more then 800 species including rare ancient trees (coconut or the Jubaea chilensis of Chile having exceeded hundred years) and a remarkable collection of old roses and Mediterranean plant varieties.

free thing to do
Web Site:www.tourisme-saint-cyprien.com/page/le-jardin-des-plantes
Address:Rue Giuseppe Verdi, Quartier des Capellans 66750 Saint-Cyprien
Phone:04.68.37.32.00

The restaurant of the the "Hospitality School" of Vernet les Bains

Category:Food and Wine Activity month:

Vernet les Bains is situated some 5Okm (31mi) west of Perpignan.
The school restaurant is a place were you can enjoy a "Haute Cuisine" menu prepared by the students (under the supervision of their teachers) for one third of the price in a gastronomic resturant.
Due to its popularity reservations have to be made at least 3 weeks in advance.

Web Site:
Address:17 av Thermes, 66820 Vernet les Bains
Phone:04 68 05 54 72

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