// The Region

The Region

The Campsite Les Fontaines is situated in a region with a very rich, natural, cultural and gastronomic patrimony.

The prehistoric sites, countless churches and roman cloisters, the Cathare castles, the Vauban’s fortresses, the Pyrenees and its peaks, the Mediterranean sea and its bay, the Catalan’s wine farmers and restaurant owners are welcoming you.

The Sea

The natural reserve

Collioure

Roussillon

The Roussillon area is located in the South of France, next to the Spanish border and the Mediterranean.
The contrast and variety of the Roussillon offer a perfect solution for everyone. How many times have we heard. "some of us want a quiet holiday but others want a bit of excitement!" Here, you can have the best of both worlds. An hours drive, another world. The Roussillon region has remained a guarded secret for far too long. For the most part it is not a busy tourist area and is still a place where you can get away from it all if you want to. Whether you visit a village perched high on the hillside or a busier coastal resort, the French welcome you into their communities in traditional mediterranean style.

The Albères

The Albères is the mountain chain which forms the eastern end of the Pyrénées separating France from Spain or more locally, the two parts of Catalonia. In this area, ceded to the French at the treaty of the Pyrénées in 1659, it is said that many people only became aware of the fact they were living in France when they received their call-up papers for the army in 1914!

On the lower slopes are the villages of Laroque, Montesquieu, Villelongue dels Monts and Sorède. Medieval fortifications at the heart of Laroque and Montesquieu bear witness to the turbulent past of this region, as does the Tour Madeloc, perched high above the coastal towns of Port Vendres and Collioure where the mountains meet the sea.

The plain of Roussillon

Below lies the plain of Roussillon, watered by the Tech and Têt rivers which flow down from the surrounding mountains; fertile, abundant with a cuisine reflecting mountain plain and sea. It is no wonder that Greeks, Romans, Arabs and later the French and Spanish fought so hard to keep this area. A natural crossroads, visiting the surrounding area could include: to the north, Carcassonne and the Cathar Castles, the high Pyrénées to the west and Barcelona to the south. Blessed with a mild winter and hot summer Mediterranean climate, near to the sandy beaches of the Littoral and the rocky coves of the Côte Vermeille, with so much to offer, we thoroughly recommend this area for your holiday.