Between Cathar Country and Catalan Region.
All roads lead to Belesta… Whether you are travelling from Millas or the Agly valley, passing not far from the summit of Força Real from which you can enjoy stunning views of Roussillon
Bélesta de La Frontière watches over the Roussillon Plain. The delightful small village formerly marked the frontier between the kingdoms of France and Aragon before the annexation of Roussillon to the kingdom of France under the Treaty of the Pyrenees. A walk around the village will allow you to discover traces of the frontier still visible thanks to boundary posts.
At a height of 370 metres, Bélesta de La Frontière is a picturesque, charming village dominating the garrigue, the white, black, grey, red and ochre rock, and the vineyards.
On the hillside, facing south, the village is located in front of the majestic Mount Canigou, the emblematic mountain (2 784m) of the Eastern Pyrenees and symbol of the Catalans.
Castle-Museum of Prehistory
The medieval castle, now home to the Museum of Prehistory, dominates the village. Created following the discovery of a cave and numerous Neolithic artefacts in 1983, it retraces the history of that period.
Art studio – Thierry Blaise
Sculptures, jewellery, items…
Don’t hesitate to visit the workshop of this former student in wood carving at Boulle school. The artist started working with a renowned antique dealer in Paris, and has rapidly become a designer in his turn.
Whether you are looking for green tourism or want to explore local environment, you will follow the bed of the stream, admire the fauna and flora of the Fenouillèdes, listen to the music of birds singing or the chirping of cicadas.
Moli del Vent dolmen
This is a tomb made up of a burial chamber called ‘cella’. It has upright slabs and a large stone access corridor. The construction is exceptionally preserved (- 2 500 years) since it is very rare to observe an almost in place tumulus with its flat stone walling.
Today they can be found at the limits of the territories of the towns of Bélesta and Ille-sur-Têt. They were used as landmarks when the system of land registration was created in the Napoleonic era. As they were in a perfect state of preservation, they would mark the existing frontier between France and Catalonia between 1258 (Treaty of Corbeil) and 1659 (Treaty of the Pyrenees).
In the Têt valley, halfway between the sea and the mountain, the site offers an amazing landscape of ‘fairy chimneys’. This is a unique landscape with coloured reliefs that water has sculpted in the clay and the sand that has been torn away from the Pyrenees. A one-hour walk will lead you inside this natural masterpiece.
Perpignan and the Palace of the Kings of Majorca
In Perpignan, the Palace of the Kings of Majorca was built by the Catalan King James II of Majorca. It is among the great palaces and fortresses built in the late Middle Ages. This is a jewel of Gothic architecture in Roussillon.
The Cathar castle of Peyrepertuse
Set high on a limestone defensive crag at an altitude of nearly 800m and over the garrigue and vineyards. It is among the most beautiful examples of Cathar fortresses. It was also one of the ‘Five Sons of Carcassonne’ and an important part of French border defence.
Collioure, the jewel of the Rocky Coast, enjoys an authentic setting and a preserved environment. At the foot of the Royal Castle, the small Catalan harbour is nestled in a sheltered rocky cove where the schistose Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean Sea.