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Maury - a little mountain marvel

Maury is a tiny village, found below the towering peaks of the Pyrénéan Mountains in the great rolling vine-covered swathes of the foothills of the Pyrénées, in the far south of France. It is close to jaw-dropping gorges, crumbling Cathar castles and within easy reach of the soft, blue Mediterranean Sea and not that far from the Spanish border. That, in itself, should be advertisement enough for any village of less than 900 residents, but Maury offers much more than traditional buildings and peace and quiet.

Maury eschews the norm

Maury is not like most tiny mountain villages, which pass their days sleeping under the hot summer sun, or cosily behind closed shutters in the winter snows, their inhabitants barely venturing out onto the streets except, perhaps, to get into their cars to drive to the nearest town to collect essential shopping. Maury eschews the norm.

Pretty and tranquil but with a vibrant lifestyle

Tranquillity can be found here, of course, just take a walk in any direction and you can lose yourself in the sounds and scents of the mountains far from human eyes, but this village also offers a vibrant lifestyle that charms all who visit.

Life in the village

Unlike many small villages in rural France, Maury has its own shops, including a superb delicatessen, wine caves and a local small market, but it is the cultural life that really sets this village apart from the rest. Life in this village is lively and inviting. Maury has four good restaurants, one having achieved the accolade of a Michelin star, and a cultural programme which has to be experienced to be believed. This tiny village hosts concerts, art exhibitions, wine festivals, gourmet events, craft fairs and, well, just parties celebrating life.

You will never be bored in Maury

It certainly isn't a nightclub culture, but it is perfect for anyone wanting to obtain a real taste of this fascinating Cathar area, its customs, traditions, local produce and general joie de vivre. There is a saying, locally, that in Cathar country you will never be bored. You won't if you come to Maury!

Out and about

The landscapes of the Languedoc-Roussillon region are as diverse as they are interesting. History oozes from every stone in this dramatic, mountainous land, whose presence has been visibly shaped by the environment, the religious forces who have sought to settle in it or to control it, its geographical location close to the Spanish border and, as much as any of the foregoing, the indomitable spirit of its people.

Enjoy adventure sports or visit the beaches and resorts of the Med

This little village offers the opportunity for taking part in exciting adventure sports such as climbing, canyoning and white water rafting, and it is close to the ski resorts that lie higher up the mountains. The beaches and lively seaside resorts of the Med are easily accessed for day trips, as are the towns and the beautiful coastline of north-eastern Spain.

Visit Queribus or the Plateau de Sault

Places to visit in the locality might include the Cathar castle of Queribus, the dynamic Catalan town of Perpignan, or the Heidi-esque Plateau de Sault, where the sheep, goats and cows really do wear bells and produce the best cheeses you will ever taste and the views are amongst the prettiest in France.

How to get there

Fly to Perpignan with Ryanair, Bmi baby and Flybe. Carcassonne is also not far away and is served by Ryanair. The TGV runs to Perpignan, meaning that train travel is a very reasonable option. Drivers can find Maury on the D117, the nearest major roads being the A9 and N116.

Property prices and availability in and around Maury

Maury and the surrounding villages tend to offer quite reasonably priced property, certainly cheaper than in the coastal towns of the region. Good village houses can be found at well under 200,000 Euros, sometimes far less, and the attractions of life in Maury make it a good bet for holiday letting, B&Bs or gites.

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Maury AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Maury?

Maury is located in the south of France, in the north-east of the Pyrénées-Orientales department, close to the border with the Aude department.

Maury Property Map

IN THE REGION OF LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON

Languedoc-Roussillon Guide

Languedoc-Roussillon Property Map

IN THE DEPARTMENT OF PYRÉNÉES-ORIENTALES

Pyrénées-Orientales Guide

  Pyrénées-Orientales Map


Population: 850


Access: By air: Fly to Perpignan or Carcassonne. By rail: Take a TGV from Paris to Perpignan. By road: The town is located on the D117.


Economy: The economy is agricultural, with wine production important.


Interesting fact: Maury is a tiny village, but it is a hive of cultural activity, with festivals, markets, art exhibitions, concerts and more all summer long.

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