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See also the beautiful  PAINTINGS of southern France, and the "CULTU-CARDS"

Database about Pyrénées-Orientales
  • Area: 1,590 sq. ml.
  • Population: 392,000 inhabitants
  • Main city: Perpignan (106,000 inhabitants)
  • Summit mountain: 9,730 ft.
  • Lower level: sea level
  • Afforestation rate: 25 %
  • Main lakes: in the mountains (around 400 acres)
  • Two main sea lakes
  • 10 nature reserves (including a maritime sanctuary)
  • Average temperature: 48 deg. F in December, 75 deg. F in July
  • Basic knowledge of the region
  • Where are  PYRENEES-ORIENTALES?
  • Condensed  HISTORY of the region.
  • A specific language is spoken: CATALAN. (The program of the NORTH AMERICAN CATALAN SOCIETY)
  • Art in Pyrénées-Roussillon: nice PAINTINGS. Birthplace of MAILLOL.
  • ESSENTIAL SPOTS
  • Local products and tastes
  • France's most southerly WINE REGION
  • COLLIOURE ANCHOVIES
  • THE SUQUET OF FISH
  • An introduction to FOOD HISTORY
  • The famous CREMA CATALANA
  • A great variety of local products:
    * Tourons: sweet specialties prepared with almonds and honey and mixed with: hazelnuts, pine seeds, black caramel or crystallized fruits. Also Massapa: an almond paste flavoured or rolled with pine seeds); Xixona: a paste of ground almonds with honey.
    * Coques Catalanes: salty or sweet Fougasses and Bunyettes, sort of custard doughnuts found in all good bakeries or confectioneries.
    * OLIVE OIL : at the beginning of last century, about ten olive mills still functionned. Today, only the olive mill at Millas is working. It can be visited.
    * Onion and snail: the onion has got its fait at Toulouges during Summer. The red onion, delicious in a salad and the onion tresses, nicely decorative. The snail is a Catalan feast and there are huge Cargolades (grilled snails).
    * Apricot, peach: the Roussillon plain is an extraordinary orchard in which you can find the white peach, the yellow peach, Nectarine, Roussillon's red apricot. In Summer, they have their fairs.
  • A land of superlatives
  • Place of France's most southern village
  • Place of France's most sunny town
  • France's highest RAILROAD
  • The first SOLAR OVEN in the world.
  • The world's largest OAK VAT
  • Europe's oldest PREHISTORIC MAN (450,000 years old) (today deceased...)
  • One of the most important CAVES
  • And many other spectacular discoveries...

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