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The town of Ille Sur Tet, in the Pyrénées-Orientales department of Languedoc-Roussillon, is a pretty place with a busy bustling heart. Typical of its French Catalan roots, Ille Sur Tet consists of colourful old townhouses in shades of pink, cream and natural stone with red tiled roofs giving a lovely Mediterranean feel. A church tower completes the picture, and on a market day the traditional stalls are all on display, selling regional produce of fruits and fish, cheeses, wines and fabrics. Ille Sur Tet is a lively town, and in it are all the shops and amenities you need. There are banks, a supermarket and a variety of smaller shops, so there is little need to venture outside the town's walls…unless, of course, you want to explore this fascinating area.
All around the ancient walls of the town you can see orchards full of apricots, apples, pears cherries, nectarines and peaches. The land then extends further to the neatly kept vineyards, and beyond these are the hills and gorges of the Fenouillet. The scenery of the Fenouillet hills is perhaps some of the most dramatic in France, with towering gorges and heart-stopping drops from the sides of the little winding roads. Here, if you are of an adventurous persuasion, you can try the exciting sports of canyoning, Hydra Glide, white water rafting and rock climbing in the summer, or head a little further afield to the ski resorts of Les Angles or Font Romeu in winter. It is only a short drive form Ille Sur Tet to the beaches of the Mediterranean, and it is also within easy reach of Spain or Andorra.
Travelling to Ille Sur Tet could not be easier, with six airports within reach offering flights from the UK. Perpignan, Carcassonne and Gerona all have flights with Ryanair, a low cost airline. You could also choose to fly to Toulouse, Barcelona or Montpellier. Those who like to experience the changing scenery and climates offered by a drive through France will find Ille Sur Tet from junction 42 of the A9 motorway. Another travel option is to take Eurostar to Paris, then catch a TGV to Perpignan.
The town of Ille Sur Tet, like others in the area, can be expensive due to its wonderful location in the sunny south. Property here is, however, likely to represent a better buy than in the towns that are nearer to the coast, such as Collioure. The town is not yet very well known outside the area, so you would be well advised to seek your property here before the rest of the world cottons on! It is also worth remembering that as the area has a lot of appeal for holidaymakers, there is the possibility of a useful rental income from any property bought here.
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The town of Ille Sur Tet is located in the heart of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in the south of France.
Access: By air: fly into Perpignan, Carcassonne, Gerona, Barcelona or Montpellier.By rail: Eurostar to Paris, then TGV to Perpignan. By road: exit 42 from the A9 motorway.
Economy: Mainly agricultural, with vineyards and fruit farms predominating.
Interesting fact: Ille Sur Tet considers itself Catalan rather than French, and you will find that some people speak the Catalan language, or at least a Catalan influenced French!
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