To do & see

Casteil is a village in an area of protected nature reserves, a haven of peace, waterfalls, birds, butterflies and wild flowers. Casteil has 130 inhabitants and is situated at the foot of the famous historic Abbey of St Martin du Canigou, a spectacular 40 minute walk from La Mirabelle and the start of many beautiful walks, including the Canigou/Casteil walk, for those looking to get closer to nature, its beauty, tranquillity and to recharge their batteries. A perfect getaway from everyday life.

Casteil is a tranquil village surrounded by breathtaking countryside, perfect for those looking to relax and get away from it all. The village is the ideal base for those who enjoy walking and exploring the Great Outdoors. The jewel in the Casteil crown is undoubtedly the stunning Abbey Saint Martin du Canigou, perched high in the hills looking down ono the village and the surrounding countryside. The village is also home to a unique Parc Animalier.

As well as enjoying both the Med and the mountains you can also discover the regions rich history, art, architecture and culture.

Less than 1 hour from the Mediterranean beaches and the Pyrenean ski resorts (open in the summer for a wide range of mountain activities including hiking, cycling, karting, parapenting...) this is the perfect base for those looking for a sporting, relaxing or cultural holiday.

Just 15 minutes from Casteil is the vibrant, historic town of Prades, with its lively market every Tuesday and Saturday mornings. Prades was the home of the renowned,exiled spanish musician Pablo Casals and the town hosts the world famous Pablo Casals music festival every summer.

Also nearby is the beautiful fortified town of Villefranche de Conflent - home to an array of individual shops, restaurants and artists. From here you can visit the breathtaking caves, the imposing fort and take a trip on the "Little Yellow Train" - an unforgettable journey through the majestic pyrenean mountains.

Art lovers will not be disappointed, with many of the truly great artists having lived in the region. Monet, Manet, Modigliani, Matisse, Dali, Maillol, to name just a few. A visit to the Modern Art Museum at Céret is a must, as is a trip to the Dali Museum in Figueras, Spain.

No holiday to the region would be complete with out a trip to the bustling cosmopolitan town of Perpignan,, described by Salvador Dali as the "Centre of the World"! Every Thursday evening throughout the summer season Perpignan takes on a carnival like quality with free live music and entertainment throughout the city.

A trip to the coast wouldn't be complete without a day at the unbelievably picturesque old fishing town of Collioure - once again home to so many famous artists.

After a long day of exploring why not relax in one of the regions near by natural hot thermal baths - Vernet-les-Bains, St Thomas les Bains and Molitg-les-Bains.

Why not take advantage of the regions excellent bus and train network - with tickets costing just 1€ per journey, regardless of length it's also a very cost effective way of exploring this stunning region. Have Fun!