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Where Are We?

Most consider Provence and the Cote d’Azure the south of France, but Languedoc-Roussillon is the true southernmost region of France. Our tours are in the Pyrenees-Orientales département, in the Languedoc-Roussillon région that skirts the Mediterranean coast as it turns down toward Spain. More precisely, we are in the southern-most Roussillon, just a few kilometers from the…
  • Active Travel France, Cycling, France, france bike tour, French Catalonia, Languedoc-Roussillon, Mediterranean, Pyrenees, South of France
  • October 2, 2013

French Catalonia

Aside from the lush and diverse natural history of our region, what perhaps makes it most intriguing is its cultural richness. On the border of France and Spain, the southern Roussillon half of Languedoc-Roussillon has been influenced by a long history of shifting borders. Once entangled with Catalan Counts, Kings of Aragon and Kings of…
  • January 10, 2014
french pyrenees and mount canigou

Mount Canigó

Le Canigó in Catalan, Le Canigou in French, rises up to 2,784 meters above sea level and graces almost every view in the region. Legend has it the first ascent up was in 1284 by Peter King of Aragon–he supposedly battled dragons to make the climb. Today, the mount is honored by those who live…
  • January 16, 2014

Matisse & Collioure

Henri Matisse got off the train in the coastal village of Collioure in 1905 at the age of 36. He was relatively unknown at the time. But the southern light he saw that day would be the inspiration behind his soon to be famous name. Matisse immediately sent a post card to his friend André…
  • January 10, 2014

Picasso & Céret

The picturesque village of historic Céret is shaded by giant plane trees and protected by the foothills of the Pyrenees rising just behind. The vibrant Saturday market here is a favorite and the shops and cafés are the perfect place to while away an afternoon. It’s easy to understand why Picasso chose this village to set…
  • January 10, 2014

On Ancient Borders

Perched high on rock outcroppings—seemingly defying the laws of nature—are the famous Cathar castles situated on the border of the Pyrenees-Orientales and Audes departments of the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Catalan counts began constructing such fortresses in the 11th century to protect their northern boundary. Quéribus is one of the oldest of these border-claiming castles. It sits 730…
  • Active Travel France, Cathar castles, France, france bike tour, French Catalonia, French History, Languedoc-Roussillon, South of France
  • January 16, 2014

Friends & Resources

Small is Beautiful I believe independent small businesses that operate with people in mind–not simply the bottom line–have the power to change the world for the better. Here are a few folks doing just that. • My friend Stephen Bugno at Bohemian Traveler organizes small independent tours in France and other far ends of the world. Stephen also…
  • Active Travel France, France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Organic, South of France
  • November 28, 2015