VALLESPIR, THE NEW CATALAN SENSATION!
Ideal destination due to its geographical location, Vallespir is located between the sea and the mountains and very close to the Spanish border.
Vallespir is also a diverse destination par excellence where each visitor will find what they need to spend the stay of their dreams: strong emotions, outdoor activities, water activities and adventure, art and culture, leisure and traditions, thermalism, relaxation, parties and events…
This territory is part of the Vallespir Association of Municipalities and includes the municipalities of Céret, Maureillas-Las Illas, Saint Jean Pla de Corts, Le Perthus, L’Albère, Les Cluses, Vivès, Reynés, Le Boulou and Taillet.
WHAT TO SEE
The Céret modern art Museum houses a collection of modern and contemporary art that recounts the exceptional artistic history of the city from the stays of Braque and Picasso. The great names of 20th and 21st century art are present: Gris, Soutine, Chagall, Miro, Tàpies, Viallat, Bioulès…
8 boulevard Maréchal Joffre, 66400 Céret
The music Museum in Céret invites you to discover collections of traditional and popular instruments from all over the world. Through oboes, flutes, string instruments and percussion, those who play and elaborate them stand out. Located in the heart of a cross-border and Mediterranean territory in which the oboe tradition is still deeply rooted, the museum allows you to discover musical instruments and objects from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and America, richness and musical diversity.
14 rue Pierre Rameil, 66400 Céret
The cork Museum in Maureillas-Las Illas, founded by former cork growers and inhabitants of the town, makes the visitor discover the life of the cork oak, its ecology, its harvest and its valorization to arrive at the presentation of the multiple uses of cork. It presents the tools and machinery used to make cork stoppers, as well as the many often unknown uses of the cork oak.
2 avenue Maréchal Joffre, 66480 Maureillas-Las Illas.
The house of water and the Mediterranean in Le Boulou allows you to live a unique experience: a journey to the heart of water. Five interactive and fun spaces will immerse you in the discovery of Water in all states. You will understand the planetary challenges of preserving and safeguarding water. Whether you are young or old, novice or specialist, you will sail on water through the world, history and science.
4 rue Arago, 66160 Le Boulou
House of the history of Le Boulou – Casa del Voló. One of the interpretation centres for the architecture and heritage of the Country of Art and History of the Catalan Valleys. An essential visit to immerse yourself in the history of Le Boulou. All periods of the city’s history are presented there, from the Paleolithic to contemporary times, passing through the cork and water industry of Le Boulou. This journey through time is also illustrated by the important collection “La Bataille du Boulou” and the magnificent reproduction of a Celtiberian sword (donated by Aspavarom), the reproduction of the frieze of the Master of Cabestany and the model of the suspension bridge. The panels of this permanent exhibition are translated into Catalan. Throughout the year, the House of History – Casa del Voló also offers temporary exhibitions and events. It is a place for intergenerational meeting and intercultural exchange, aroused by the cross-border vocation of the municipality.
Espace Culturel Teresa Rebull, avenue Léon-Jean Grégory, 66160 Le Boulou
The important heritage of Vallespir:
- The historical heritage that includes the Fort de Bellegarde (currently accessible to the surroundings) and the Panissars nucleus in Le Perthus, the Devil’s Bridge in Céret, the old nucleus of Les Cluses…
- The religious heritage in particular its churches and hermitages such as that of Saint Martín de Fenollar in Maureillas-Las Illas and Saint Nazaire in Les Cluses Haute, which preserve frescoes from the 12th century.
- Guided tours through the territory led by the Country of Art and History of the Catalan Valleys.
- « Chemin faisant / Chemins sublimés », this tourist map of the city of Céret allows you to discover the historical heritage of the city and to follow in the footsteps of famous painters who have stayed in Céret.
WHAT TO DO
The Vallespir offers many possibilities for outdoor activities, wellness, adventure, tradition and escape:
Outdoor activities: go hiking independently through our 16 signposted trails in the territory or accompanied by our collaborators, ride the itineraries by bicycle along the routes of the Vía Verde/Pirinexus/Mediterranean cycling route or, for the most experienced cyclists, uses the Pyrénées Méditerranée “Cyclosport” area of the French Cycling Federation.
Fill yourself with strong sensations descending renowned canyons or even take off on a paraglider.
Get carried away by the water activities offered by our partners in the lakes of Sant Jean Pla de Corts. You can practice ski lifts, pedal boats, paddle, enjoy the inflatable games in the water and even get on the tree climbing circuit.
Leisure and traditions: explore our towns to the rhythm of the bands. Get ready to approach the cherry in all its forms: pit it, plant it and above all taste it! And as the icing on the cake, dance the sardana with the sound of the local coblas.
Would you like to know more about our parties and events? Check the agenda
OFFICE DE TOURISME INTERCOMMUNAL DU VALLESPIR
5 rue Saint Ferréol
T. +33 (0)4 68 87 00 53
From 1st July to 18th September:
Monday to Saturday: 9.00am to 7.00pm
(Closed from 12.30pm to 2.00pm from 31st August)
Sunday: 9.00am to 1.00pm
From 19th September to 31st October and from 1st May to 30th June:
Monday to Saturday: 9.00am to 12.30pm / 2.00pm to 6.00pm
From 1st November to 30th April:
Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 12.30pm / 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am to 1.00pm (*9.00am to 12.30pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm in April)
Closed: 1st May, 1st November, 11th November, 25th and 26th December and 1st January
OFFICE DE TOURISME ET DE LA CULTURE LE BOULOU
6 rue Arago
66160 Le Boulou
T. +33 (0)4 68 87 50 95
From November to February:
Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 12.30pm and 2.00pm* to 5.30pm (*3.00pm on Monday)
March, April, May, June, September and October:
Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 12.00pm and 2.00pm* to 6.00pm (*3.00pm on Monday)
Saturday from 9.00am to 12.30pm
July and August:
Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 12.30pm and 2.30pm to 6.00pm
Sunday from 9.00am to 12.30pm
From 9.00am to 12.30pm (except 25/12 and 01/01)