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Font Romeu Odeillo Via - a marvellous mountain town

Font Romeu Odeillo Via is a town that lies in the French Pyrénéan Mountains, in the south of the country. Notable for various heritage sites, among them the largest solar powered furnace in the world, Font Romeu Odeillo Via also benefits from the numerous sporting possibilities offered by the ski stations and the natural environment of this beautiful part of Languedoc-Roussillon.

Lively town

Font Romeu Odeillo Via is a lively and well equipped town that has something to offer to everyone, no matter what their tastes and ages. With banks, butchers, bakers, hairdressers, clothes shops, sports shops, a garage and health care, you have everything you need here. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy in Font Romeu too, as well as a cinema, ice-rink, casino, swimming pool and sports centre. The climate is superb, with Mediterranean sunshine in summer and snow in winter, and it is also notable for the purity of the air. It's a million miles away from the greyness and pollution of many UK towns!

Things to do

Things to do and see in town include taking a trip to the largest solar powered furnace in the world, visiting the Hermitage Chapel to see a fabulous collection of Baroque art, and going on a sightseeing trip on the famous "Little Yellow Train". A walk around town allows you to admire many lovely old buildings, such as the ancient churches and the spectacular Grand Hotel, and to soak up the unique ambience.

Sports fans this way!

Font Romeu Odeillo Via has access to some excellent skiing with 54 km of downhill ski runs and 111 km of cross-country trails. And although this may not be as large as some of the Alpine resorts, the area is very good for all levels of skiers, and tends to be quieter, allowing you to spend more time on the piste and less time in the queue for the ski lift! Skiing isn't the only sport here, as in both summer and winter there are many activities to enjoy. You can play tennis, swim, go pony trekking, walk, rock climb or mountain bike... and much more besides. Even if your idea of heaven is less energetic, you will still be happily occupied in and around the town as the views are breathtaking and the welcome always warm.

Out and about

There are many interesting places to visit in the area near Font Romeu Odeillo Via, and it is worth making sure you have access to a car so that you can get the best from this lovely region. Locally you will find spas (where you can enjoy all the relaxing benefits of thermal waters and treatments), historic villages, resort towns where the night-life goes on and on, or, if you prefer, total peace and tranquillity.

How to get there

The nearest airport is Perpignan, and you can get direct flights to this airport from the UK with Ryanair, bmibaby and flybe. Those who wish to travel from the UK by train can take Eurostar to Paris, then a TGV to Perpignan and local train onto Font Romeu Odeillo Via itself. (Shuttle buses are available from the station to the town centre during holiday season.) Drivers will find they can reach the town on the D618 after leaving the N116.

Property prices and availability in and around Font Romeu Odeillo Via

If a mountain retreat with access to great skiing, great shopping and entertainment is your idea of paradise, then take a close look at what's available around Font Romeu Odeillo Via. Prices are so much lower than in comparable Alpine towns, yet you have many of the same benefits.

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Font Romeu Odeillo Via AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Font Romeu Odeillo Via?

Font Romeu Odeillo Via is located in the far south of France, in the Pyrénéan Mountains. It lies in the south-west of the Pyrénées-Orientales department.

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IN THE REGION OF LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON

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Languedoc-Roussillon Property Map

IN THE DEPARTMENT OF PYRÉNÉES-ORIENTALES

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  Pyrénées-Orientales Map


Population: 3,200


Access: By air: Fly to Perpignan. By rail: The excellent TGV runs to Perpignan, so rail travel is a good option. By road: The town is found on the D618, near the N116 road.


Economy: The economy is mainly concerned with ski and other mountain tourism. The solar furnace is also important.


Interesting fact: The solar furnace at Font Romeu Odeillo Via is the largest in the world.


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