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Villeneuve de la Raho - a vibrant Catalan town set in an idyllic location

When it comes to favoured locations, Villeneuve de la Raho has it all sewn up. This lovely Catalan town is set in the sun-soaked south of France, near to the Mediterranean beaches, the Pyrénéan Mountains and not far from the border with Spain. Add to that its proximity to the transport hub city of Perpignan, and you have a location that's just about as perfect as it gets!

Lac de Villeneuve de la Raho is a wonderful leisure lake

The town is noted for its fabulous lake. Well, in truth, there are two lakes. One is a popular leisure lake where the sandy beaches and lifeguard supported waters are ideal for family fun, while the other is a nature reserve dedicated to preserving the unique flora and fauna of the area.

About town

This thriving small town has everything you could need - and more! Villeneuve de la Raho may be surrounded by the most glorious and wild countryside typical of this region, but it's also a lively and well equipped town with plenty going on. You'll find a great selection of shops, including supermarkets, a commercial zone, banks, cafés, bars and restaurants. Thursday morning sees the arrival of a traditional street market in true French style. And if you're considering settling down in the town for a permanent new life rather than just a holiday, it's good to know that there are schools, doctors and all essential services on hand too. Various cultural events also take place throughout the year.

Heritage of Villeneuve de la Raho

The not inconsiderable built heritage of the town includes an ancient chapel, once the parish church, and a church from the 17th century. But it’s the natural heritage that is the true glory of Villeneuve de la Raho. The Lac de Villeneuve de la Raho is simply superb. With wide, sandy beaches for sunbathing and calm waters for safe swimming, the town's lake is its most popular and stand out feature.

Leisure activities and sports available

With the swimming lake on the doorstep and the beaches of the Mediterranean just fifteen minutes away, there could hardly be a better place to enjoy the outdoor life in this sun-drenched region. The clear seas offer fantastic opportunities for scuba diving and snorkelling, in addition to boating, water skiing and para skiing. Other sports available locally include horse-riding, cycling, tennis and golf. Then of course, there are the mountains of the Pyrénées just a short drive distant, with ski stations, adventure sports and stunning views.

Discover mediaeval Carcassonne and the fishing village of Collioure

The city of Perpignan is definitely worth visiting. So much more than just a transport hub, Perpignan has a vivacious Catalan character and is packed with history, heritage and culture. Also within easy reach is the mediaeval city of Carcassonne, where history seems to spring to life every day. If you're a fan of Dan Browne, you can trace the history of the Cathar knights and maybe uncover the mystery of Rennes les Chateaux. Or, for simpler pleasures, relax in the artists' favourite fishing village of Collioure. It's a most incredible part of France that offers new discoveries each time you visit.

Spain is near enough to visit

The Spanish border too, is within a short drive should you fancy a look at the Spanish side of Catalan life. Or slightly further afield there is the beautiful city of Barcelona, with its famed Gaudi buildings.

How to get there

Villeneuve de la Raho is close to Perpignan which has arrival points by air, rail and road. The town itself is situated on the D8/D39, near to the main A9 motorway.

Property prices and availability in and around Villeneuve de la Raho

While property in Roussillon can be pricier than in other parts of the region, it still compares very favourably to property to the east, in Provence. Villeneuve de la Raho's popularity, based on its fabulous location, weather, accessibility and amenities, makes it a sound financial investment too. And, the possibility is always there to let out your property when you're not using it.

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Villeneuve de la Raho AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Villeneuve de la Raho?

Villeneuve de la Raho is set in the centre south of France. It's located in the east of the Pyrénées-Orientales department.

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Population: 3,767

Access: By air: The nearest airport is Perpignan, which offers direct flights from the UK. By rail: The TGV runs to Perpignan. By road: The town lies on the D8/D39, not far from the A9 auto route.

Economy: The economy includes commerce, agriculture, wine and tourism.

Interesting fact: Unlike many neighbouring towns and villages, Villeneuve de la Raho has seen its population and economy expand rapidly in recent years.

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