Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
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Le Soler is located just five miles from Perpignan city centre, twelve miles from the beach and an hour's drive from the nearest ski slopes. Quiet and peaceful yet only a half hour drive into Spain, the apartment has very easy and close strolling access to all amenities, including the local market (three times a week), several restaurants (including two lakeside ones) and all essential services such as post office, banks, newsagents, cafes, and food shops as well as, additionally, a small observatory and park.
The ground floor apartment benefits from its own private terrace perfect for al fresco outside dining with fresh produce from the market! The terrace, accessed from the lounge, is fully equipped with comfortable garden furniture and an electric barbecue to facilitate leisurely dining. The flat also offers cosy winter evenings round a crackling woodfire, sharing a fondue or a traditional savoyard raclette dinner (fondue and raclette equipment provided!).
With one double bedroomed apartment is an ideal retreat for couples looking for a break with a difference - with plenty in the surrounding area to see and do during your stay including a wide range of city and outdoor pursuits, Cathar castles, Fauvist art, and vineyards dating back to Roman times. However, if your party is bigger, you may be interested in renting the top apartment in the house which sleeps up to 6 (property number 774710).
Adult bicycles are provided for use by guests in the top and bottom apartments (crash helmets provided as well as insulated picnic bag), ideal for exploring the nearby villages and vineyards and coastal plain armed with a picnic bursting with fresh local produce (in the summer) or to call by a village cafe bar for a warming glass of mulled wine (in the winter) !
Secure wifi is available, as is parking in the carpark across the street from the flat as well as at the top of the road.
The following discounts are offered to bookings of more than a week: 5% for 2 weeks, 10% for 3 weeks and 15% for 4+ weeks
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Canet Plage 16 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan 10 km, Nearest railway: Perpignan 6 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
* Fully fitted kitchen diner with all white goods,
* Secure unlimited wifi / internet access
* Double bedroom with ceiling fan (summer) and electric radiator (winter)
* Lounge with TV, DVD, radio CD player, and Speaker Dock for iPhone/iPad (iPhone 3G and 3GS; iPod classic; iPod touch 1st and 2nd generation; iPod nano 4th and 5th generation)
* Small reading and DVD library
* Selection of board games
* Godin wood-burning stove (wood supplied).
* Bathroom with power shower
* Free-standing, portable fans
|Further details outdoors|
* easy parking opposite the property
* enclosed terrace with external lighting
* electric barbecue
* comfortable garden furniture (set of table and four chairs with cushions and sun umbrella)
* two adult bicycles
* 5 minute stroll to the centre of the town with its boulangeries, cafes, vibrant Rousillon market, post office, library (with wifi) and shops
* Welcome pack and complementary bottle of local wine provided
* English-speaking representative on hand for emergencies only
* end-of-stay laundry and (reasonable) flat-cleaning service included in rental fee
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Pyrénées-Orientales is a department of southern France adjacent to the northern Spanish frontier and the Mediterranean Sea. It also surrounds the tiny Spanish enclave Llívia, and thus has two distinct borders with Spain.
Pyrénées-Orientales has an area of 4,115 km². and a population of 422,000, of whom just over a quarter live in the capital, Perpignan. Other towns include Argelès-sur-Mer, Thuir, Elne (the ancient Illiberis) and Prades, each of 6-10,000 inhabitants.
Prior to the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659, most of the present department was part of the former Principality of Catalonia, within the Crown of Aragon, so the majority of it has historically been Catalan-speaking, and it is still sometimes referred to (mainly by Catalans and the Conseil général of Pyrénées-Orientales) as Northern Catalonia. Pyrénées-Orientales also corresponds almost exactly to the pre-Revolutionary province of Roussillon
Pyrénées-Orientales is a wine-growing area and a tourist destination.
French is spoken by almost all the population. Minority languages in the region are Catalan and Occitan, which between them are estimated to be spoken by rather more than a quarter of the population and understood by more than 40%.
Places of interest include:
Prades (Catalan Prada de Conflent) - site of the Catalan Summer University (Universitat Catalana d'Estiu).
Banyuls-sur-Mer (Catalan Banyuls de la Marenda) famous for its Grenache-based Banyuls wine, birth place of Aristide Maillol, and home to an extensive protected maritime reserve offering excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities.
Prats de Molló - important defensive castle of the 17th century facing south to the Pyrenees.
Salses - important defensive castle of the 16th century, on the ancient frontier with Spain.
Les Angles - popular destination for skiers in the winter and for hikers in the summer
Thuir - fascinating home to the factory producing famous aperitifs such as Dubonnet, Martini and Byrrh
If you're looking to explore the southern Languedoc Roussillon region of France with its attractive mixture of Mediterranean climate and French and Catalan heritage, miles of sandy beaches and snow-topped mountains, then the small town of Le Soler makes for the ideal location - with regular flights coming in to nearby Perpignan from London Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester, Southampton, and Paris airports. Just 6km from Le Soler is the university city of Perpignan, capital of the Pyrenees Orientales department, and the last French city before the Spanish border - and an hour's motorway drive to Barcelona (soon to be linked by high speed trains in under 45 minutes).
Perpignan is a vibrant and youthful city famous for its vibrant cultural life and plethora of great tapas bars, cafes, restaurants and bistros where time can be effortlessly whiled away over endless cups of coffee or glasses of Rousillon wine. There is great shopping to be had in the narrow maze of streets in the old Saint Jean district, where you will find designer boutiques as well as more familiar global brands.
A stroll eastwards along the La Basse canal leads to a tree-lined park along the Allées Maillol where you'll find one of the many examples of work by local artist Maillol, inspired by the city and the region.
Perpignan dates from as far back as 927AD, and there are many architectural and historic sites worth visiting around the city including: the iconic Castillet tower – fomer gateway to the city and now serving as a museum and gallery; the vast 16th Century Couvent des Minimes monastry; the Cathedrale Saint-Jean; the Campo Santo cloisters (housing the oldest cemetery of its kind in France), and of course the gothic Palais des Rois de Majorque from where the visitor is afforded a great view across the city.
For those who want a bit of sporting action, then Perpignan, of course is the place to catch a bit of rugby – this local passion is represented by the Catalan Dragons (rugby league) and the Union Sportive Arlequins Perpignan or USAP (rugby union), both teams playing at the Stade Aime Giral.
Getting away from city life isn't too difficult in the Pyrenees Orientales department. Whilst Perpignan is the economic and cultural centre of the department, it is a relatively small city and within 8 minutes' drive to the west lies the small Catalan town of Le Soler, with its tennis and basketball courts, fishing lake, parks, small observatory and popular cafes. Just a short 20 minutes drive to the east you can find yourself facing the blue Mediterranean Sea and miles of sandy beaches at Canet-Plage.
The resort at Canet is somewhat over-built and not to everyone's taste, but like most of the coast-line here it carries a Blue Flag and is an ideal spot for trying out watersports of all kinds. Both north and south of Canet are pretty inland lagoons, perfect for bird-watching or learning about local economies of salt making and oyster farming.
If wine-tasting is more your game, then 10 minutes drive to the west of Le Soler is the small town of Thuir (pronounced tweer), where you can visit the winery where the famous local aperitif Byrrh (pronounced beer) is still produced, along with other wine based drinks such as Cinzano and Dubonet. If local markets are your thing, then don't miss Thuir's vibrant all-day Saturday market.
The Roussillon region (the old name for the Pyrenees Orientales) is one the most prolific wine producing departments in the Languedoc Roussillon and within an hour in almost any direction you will come across towns which have their own distinct wine product and history. To the north of Perpignan and Le Soler (and technically in the Aude department) is the Fitou region which was one of the first to be awarded its own “appellation” back in 1948; to the west is the Agly River valley and the town of Maury, which produces a delicious sweet wine rather like Port; to the south there is the coastal town of Banyuls-sur-Mer where the golden coloured Banyuls sweet wine is made .
Banyuls-sur-Mer is a must for the diving and snorkling enthusiast as this is one of the access points for the Reserve Marine – a protected marine environment, home to an exciting variety of fish, which stretches around the rocky coast line of the Côte Vermeille all the way to Cebère, the last French town before entering Spain.
The Côte Vermeille very much represents the typical French coastal scene – between the rocky outcrops lie intermittent quiet bays lined with pretty sea-side towns. In particular is the delightful and rather romantic Collioure. A top spot for art lovers (esp. of Fauvism), this town was once host to the likes of Matisse and which now houses many galleries selling local contemporary art.
Further to the south-west of Perpignan and Le Soler is the other arty hotspot – the very pretty town of Ceret, where none other than Picasso once lived, who along with other celebrated names helped form the Modern Art Museum of Ceret where there is an important permanent collection featuring work from Chagall, Miro, Matisse and of course Picasso as well as regular visiting exhibitions. Further up into the mountains from Ceret is the thermal spa town of Amelie-les-Bains where you can relax away all your aches and pains.
Exploration to the west of Perpignan and Le Soler, and into the wild countryside under the emblematic presence of Mount Canigou (a spiritual symbol for Catalans), will lead you to discover medieval fortified villages, such as Castelnou and Villefranche-de-Conflent which testify to the violent past associated with this region. For nature enthusiasts there are gorges, caves, and the strange rock formations called les Orgues to explore. To the north-west, heading into the Aude, there is the Tautavel Museum with informative exhibitions describing the lives of prehistoric cave dwellers, and the important Cathar fortresses of Peyrepertuse and Queribus.