Culture and heritage,

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Discover the jewels of catalonia’s built heritage

Go and explore the built heritage of Catalonia that makes Pyrénées-Orientales a real open-air museum, with a succession of belltowers, chapels and religious buildings in a wide array of styles, from the Via Domitia to the most recent contemporary creations.

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Forteresse de Salses
Mémorial de Rivesaltes

An exploration of the historical heritage of Pyrénées-Orientales

Discover a historic chapter of torment, when the Spanish civil war ended in 1939 with the victory of General Franco’s troops over the regular army of the Second Republic.

During that year, as a prelude to what was to follow for the rest of the 20th century, the “Retirada” took place, with the exodus of Spanish Republicans which had a huge impact on Pyrénées-Orientales.

Meet the local craftspeople

Tissus catalans

In Pyrénées-Orientales you’ll find a whole universe of expertise, and craftspeople who continue to perpetuate traditions, some of which go back thousands of years...

Fabrication d'espadrilles catalanes

Visit their workshops and discover a fantasy world ruled by creativity, but also by meticulous precision...