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Mount Canigou, France
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The "Organs&Quot; of Ille sur Tet and Canigou in the twilight
Mount Canigou, 9,134 feet (2784m) high, is located about 6 miles (10km) south of town Prades (France). You can get to Prades by train or bus on the Perpignan–Villefranche–La Tour-de-Carol route. Prades is a starting point for all excursions in the Canigou region. Prades (Catalan: Prada de Conflent) is a commune and a sub-prefecture of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. It is the capital of the historical Conflent comarca (a local administrative division). Its inhabitants are called Pradéens.
What Makes It Special
The answer is: beautiful landscapes, breathtaking views and two ancient monasteries on the mountain slopes, Sain- Martin-du-Canigou and Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa. Also, the Festa de Sant Joan, also known as the Night of Fire is a celebration that takes place on the Mount Canigou and beyond, during the night between the 23rd and 24th of June, one of the shortest nights of the year due to the summer solstice. Thousands of Catalan and not Catalan people from France and Spain celebrate the night around a bonfire. During that night you can see smaller bonfires in the numerous villages all over the region. Though the Festa de Sant Joan devoted to a Christian saint it has all attributes of Pagan customs still broadly exercised in Catalonia.
Useful Visitor Information and Tips
How to get there: The ancient town of Prades is about 25 miles (40 km) from Perpignan Airport in the town of Perpignan in the Roussillon area of Southern France. You can use train or bus to get there. This quiet French town has bus and train services, but a car is the best way to get to know the area. The area is famous for a lot of sunny days both in summer and winter. It is possible to eat outdoors during most months of the year.The mountain is about 6 miles (10km) approximately 40 minutes drive by car. It is cooler up there in the mountains, and you can find ski slopes covered with snow from December to Easter. There are supermarkets and shops within walking distance in the town. Prades is surrounded by vineyards where a famous Roussillon wines were produced for centuries.
Tags: Festa de Sant Joan; Languedoc-Roussillon (2); Mount Canigou; Night of Fire; Perpignan; Perpignan Airport; Prades; Pyrenees (3); Roussillon; Southern France (2); St.-Martin-du-Canigou; St.-Michel-de-Cuxa.
Web Sites: Office de tourisme Prades