Place du Marché, Claira
House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
A charming and sympathetically restored 3 bedroom house in the village of Claira, in France's Roussillon region, between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean.
Our house is located on the place du Marché, in the centre of Claira, an authentic French village only 16 kms from Perpignan and less than 10 kms from the Mediterranean beaches.
The village has 2500 inhabitants and makes an excellent base for exploring the Roussillon area.
Entering from place du Marché there is a lovely sitting/dining room with vaulted ceilng and stone walls in the Catalan style. Behind this is the fully equipped kitchen with breakfast/casual dining area, a laundry with washer and rotary dryer.
Take the gracious old wooden staircase to the next level to find the main bedroom, a single bedroom, shower room, and separate toilet.
On the third level there is another large living area, with TV and DVD player, a double bedroom, and another shower room with toilet.
The house layout is ideal for families with older children and for couples travelling together.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Le Barcarès 10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan 15 km, Nearest railway: Perpignan 17 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The village of Claira is located in the Roussillon region of southern France, on the coastal plain between the foothills of the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean beaches. Mont Canigou dominates the coastal skyline and is snow-capped for more than half the year.
Claira is an excellent base for a wide range of activities and sightseeing in the region. Whatever your preference there will be something for you in the area.
If history is your interest be sure to visit some of the ruined "Cathar" castles that perch on the rugged mountain tops to the west of Claira. All can be reached from Claira, and a day trip that takes in the chateaux of Queribus and Peyreperteuse, maybe with a visit to the village of Cucugnan for lunch, is recommended.
Puilaurens is another Cathar castle which has dramatic views from its 700m peak and is less than an hour's drive from Claira. The approaches to all of the Cathar castles are quite steep so sturdy walking shoes are a good idea
There are a number of beautiful religious buildings in the region, some in spectacular locations.
The Abbey of Fontfroide is located just inland from the A9 autoroute just short of Narbonne and is well worth a visit with its restored cloisters and chapter house. The partly ruined Abbey de Lagrasse is also nearby.
St Martin de Canigou is an abbey built on a remote and spectacular site on the lower slopes of Mont Canigou. Also in the area are the Prieuré de Serrabone and the Abbey of St Michel de Cuxa.
The lovely walled village of Villefranche-de-Confluent, less than an hour from Claira, offers restaurants, craft shops and regional specialities. High above the village is the Fort Liberia offering magnificent views of the village and the surrounding mountains.
Of course Villefranche is also the starting point for the famous "petit train jaune" which takes a leisurely 63 kilometre narrow gauge railway journey through 19 tunnels and across several spectacular bridges.
Only a few kilometres further inland is the town of Vernet-le-Bains which is an excellent starting point for many mountain walks, from easy and short walks to all day excursions requiring a higher level of fitness and experience.
The village of Claira has population of around 2500 and is situated between Perpignan and the Mediterannean coast and first appears in the historical record in the 11th century. The village church with its square Catalan style tower dates from the 14th Century.
The village has a range of local services, with two boulangeries, including one right next door to the house. There is also a mini-supermarket, a tabac, a pharmacy, tapas restaurant, and a café & bar, as well as basic services such as the post office.
Surrounding villages such as St Laurent de la Salanque, St Hippolyte, and Bompas have a range of markets and restaurants.
The modern Carrefour shopping centre with major supermarket, speciality shops, and restaurants is just a few minutes away by car.
A recently completed cycle path skirts the village and extends from Rivesaltes to the beach at le Barcares. Bikes can be hired at le Barcares and St Laurent de la Salanque.
The beaches of the Mediterranean are less than 10 kilometres of Claira and there is a range of towns scattered along the coast offering varying degrees of sophistication and charm. To the north the emphasis is on sandy beaches, water sports and holiday living, while further south the coastline becomes rocky with former fishing villages nestled in the inlets.
The major city of the region is Perpignan, a lively centre with a population of more than 100,000, and only 15-20 minutes away by car. Perpignan has many restaurants and an extensive shopping area in its old quarter, ideal for a leisurely stroll.
The Castillet is an old fortress in the centre of the town and houses a museum of Catalan arts and traditions. There are good views from the top, across the town and towards the Palace of the Kings of Majorca, and its citadel, on the highest part of the town.
The newly completed TGV line allows travel between Perignan and Barcelona is less than an hour.
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