The South of France has been one of the most fashionable tourist destinations for more than a century, focused on the Cote D'Azur and wonderful countryside of Provence. Today, however, many parts of this area are overcrowded and very expensive. Then, there is the Languedoc-Roussillon; a borderland of spectacular light boasting snow-capped mountains, heady wines, historical cities, and the sparkling Mediterranean. Many say that it is like returning to the Provence of the 50's, with the added bonus of colourful Catalan and Spanish influences.

Perpignan lies at the centre of both Roussillon and French and Spanish Catalonia, with Chateau La Tour Apollinaire nestling on the northern banks of the river Tet beyond the Jardin Exotique, in it's own Oasis-like setting. This sparkling river flows down from the slopes of the magical Mount Canigou, which has proven to be an inspiration for artists and writers from Kipling to Picasso. So central is the Chateau that, for example, ten minutes drive takes you to seaside resorts such as Canet, twenty minutes drive away you can be in the mountains and the medieval villages such as Castelnou or Ceret, or picturesque seaside towns such as Collioure or Banyuls. Thirty to forty minutes from the chateau you will find the legendary Little Yellow Train (Petit Train Jaune) or Figueras, home to the world famous Salvador Dali museum. Ninety minutes away you can be in a ski resort Font Romeu, or in the ancient fortress of Carcasonne, or in Cathar castles in the Aude region, as well as in Barcelona, an avant-garde cultural, artistic and gastronomic miracle.

Use us as your base to explore this amazing region, and after your day's outing return to the Chateau for a quiet swim and drink around the pool before heading off to dinner to one of the hundreds of superb restaurants in town.

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