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A green and fertile place under a hot Mediterranean sun

The town of Prades is fortunate in many respects, not least of which in its gloriously sunny Mediterranean climate. It also sits on the confluence of several rivers in a lush green and fertile valley, which makes it perfect for agriculture and also ensures it is a very pleasant place to be! Being close to Spain, the town is heavily Catalan in flavour, and this gives a distinctive character to the buildings and, indeed, the people. The town itself offers most of the things you will need, and is a lively place to spend some time in the summer as it is host to the Catalan summer school for two weeks every August. At this time, if you go into the square at night you will find there is dancing to traditional Catalan music.

An attractive and historic town

With its red tiled rooftops and pretty stone houses, Prades is a most attractive and historic town. Tuesday is market day, and as with all French markets this is the place to see and be seen as well as to buy the freshest of produce and to admire the pretty waxed table cloths which bedeck the tables at all the pavement cafés in the town.

Dramatic scenery and gorgeous beaches

The scenery around the town of Prades is dramatic as it gets, with its Cathar castles as permanent reminders of the turbulent religious history which shaped the region. Hill walkers will love it here, as the Grand Randonnee allows you to walk for miles and to pass by, or climb if you are brave enough, the Pic de Canigou, the highest and holiest mountain in Catalonia. The lovely beaches of the Mediterranean are also within a half hour drive. Almost any sport you can think of is available in or near to Prades, and it can also be a winter paradise as it is close to the ski resorts of Font Romeu and Les Angles.

Prades has its own music festival

Lovers of music will enjoy Prades, as there is an annual music festival in the town held in honour of the great Spanish cellist, Pablo Casals, who fled to Prades to escape the regime of General Franco. It is also an easy matter to pop across the border into Spain, and perhaps to make a visit to the town of Figueres to see the Salvador Dali museum in the hometown of the great artist.

How to get there

Getting to Prades from the UK is easy, as the locality is well served with airports offering flights with budget airline Ryanair, who fly into Carcassonne, Perpignan and Girona. Those who prefer rail travel have an equal amount of choice, as they can take Eurostar to Avignon, Motorail to Narbonne, or the TGV from Paris to Perpignan, Montpellier or Barcelona. Finally, for those wishing to enjoy a drive down through France, the town is easily accessed from the A9 motorway, or the N116.

Property prices and availability in and around Prades

Less expensive than the coastal towns, Prades can be a good place to seek your property in French Catalonia. It is, however, still pricier than less desirable regions, but when you take into consideration the many delights that the town and its superb climate and location have to offer, you may well decide it is worth paying a little more for you.

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WHERE IS Prades?

Prades lies in the south of France, slightly to the west of the department of Pyrénées-Orientales, equidistant from this department's borders with Aude and Spain.

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Population: 13,508

Access: By air: Ryanair fly into Girona, Perpignan and Carcassonne.By train: Eurostar to Avignon, Motorail to Narbonne or TGV from Paris to Perpignan or Barcelona.

Economy: The economy of the town is based on wine, fruit growing and tourism.

Interesting fact: Prades was the birthplace of the famous Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, in 1915.


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