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The title "Village of Adventure" may sound a little like an Enid Blyton novel from days gone by, but it is a very apt name for the unassuming little village of Latour de France, which is located in the mountainous Fenouillèdes area of the Pyrénées-Orientales in the south of France. The stunning gorges, rushing rivers and mountains of the surrounding countryside make a natural adventure playground for lovers of extreme sports such as white water rafting, kayaking, canyoning, rock climbing and caving. Then, of course, there are the vineyards, ever present, as this is a very highly respected wine region.
The village of Latour de France is constructed from local stone and sits atop a rocky hill looking down onto a bend in the River Agly. Its ruined chateau is still important enough to merit a closer inspection, and its church, Notre-Dame des Anges, although it has been largely rebuilt on the site of the original, has retained the impressive Roman bell tower from which the name Latour de France comes.
Latour de France has a charm and an authentic nature that is lost in some of France's villages these days, and its fabulous natural setting gives it a very special appeal. The village offers a variety of small shops, and there is always the option of taking a short drive to Perpignan if you need the greater facilities of a big city.
First held in 1993, when musicians and singers from the UK were invited to perform, the festival is now a regular feature in the town, with an outdoor theatre having been built especially for the event.
The Fenouillèdes is an incredible natural area that lends itself superbly to adventure sports. There are mountains, rock faces to climb, dramatic gorges to explore through canyoning, rushing rivers to raft or kayak down, if you have the nerve, and incredible views from the hilltops that make for truly amazing walking. The very fit can try their cycling legs on the climbs that have hosted the Tour de France (this is known as "Le Tour", not to be confused with la Tour, meaning the Tower) on numerous occasions, and horse lovers can enjoy some blissful pony trekking on the green plateaux that can be found above Latour. Latour may not be a Mecca for those who love nightclubs and city shopping, but for sportsmen there is no excuse to be bored... ever!
This is one of the most fascinating regions of France so what are you waiting for? With Cathar castles, tales of Knights Templar and da Vinci mysteries too, the region abounds in history, myths and natural wonders. Explore the Catalan city of Perpignan, the fairy tale cité of Carcassonne and the myriad of beautiful villages that dot the rugged landscapes. You can even pop to the Med for a little swimming, fishing or sunbathing! Try a little wine tasting too, and prepare to be pleasantly surprised if you haven't tried the Roussillon wines before. The reds, especially, are delicious.
The village is easy to reach as it lies close to several airports. Perpignan is the nearest, at around 25 minutes away by car, with Carcassonne, Girona, Montpellier and Toulouse also within reach. Perpignan is served by Ryanair, bmibaby and flybe; Carcassonne by Ryanair; Girona by Ryanair; Montpellier by easyJet and Ryanair; and Toulouse by British Airways, easyJet, bmi, Jet2 and flybe. Rail travel, beginning with Eurostar to Paris, can take you all the way to Perpignan on a TGV. If driving, you will need to follow the A9 motorway, followed by the D9.
Latour de France doesn't often offer property for sale... people tend to stay put once they have found this lovely location. If a property does come onto the market, though, prices can be reasonable compared with areas of the Pyrénées-Orientales that are better known and nearer to the coast. Look out for charming village homes of traditional construction. Latour offers a chance to own a piece of the real south of France. Don't miss it.
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Latour de France is located in the far south of France, in the north of the Pyrénées-Orientales department, not far from the border with the Aude.
Access: By air: Fly to Perpignan, Carcassonne, Girona, Montpellier or Toulouse. By rail: Take the TGV to Toulouse or Montpellier. By road: The A9 auto route will take you close to Latour.
Economy: The economy revolves around wine production.
Interesting fact: Latour de France is a great place for those who love adventure sports, as it lies close to the gorges and mountains of the Fenouillèdes, a superb region for white water rafting, canyoning and other mountain sports.
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