Plus Beaux Villages de France
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The little town of Eus – 411 inhabitants called “Lliciens” (!) - is situated at the eastern boundary of the “National park of the Pyrenees Orientales” some 42km (26mi) west of Perpignan.
It is listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France (“Plus Beaux Village de France”).
The village, built on a steep hill, overlooks the Conflent valley and was at its outset a stronghold of the counts of Cerdagne, the local lords, who built in the 13th century their castle here.
Nowadays cone-shaped village is capped by the Saint Vincent church – built between 1726 and 1743 on the very place of the ancient castle.
The second church of the village – also dedicated to Saint Vincent but bearing the more descriptive name of “Saint Vincent d’en bas“ or Lower Saint Vincent – is located as the name says at the entrance of the village and was the initial church of the community built successively in the 10th, 11th and the 13th centuries.
The village is today an artists’ location of choice with now less than 10 art galleries.
The three outstanding sites of Eus are however the two churches (guided visits of the town and of the church are offered on appointment by a volunteer guide, Bausili Jean, phone: 04 68 96 22 69) and the “Maison du Patrimoine” (“Heritage House”) opened unfortunately only during the summer holidays – from July 14th to 15th of September (phone: 04 68 96 04 13).