Culture and heritage,
an authentic open-air museum
Discover the jewels of catalonia’s built heritage
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.
Pyrénées-Orientales: a land that inspired artists
Dali described Perpignan station as the “centre of the world” because as a native of Spanish Catalonia, he stayed in Perpignan on his way to Paris!
In the unspoilt landscapes, the Catalonian sun and the Mediterranean coves, this somewhat megalomaniac artist of genius had already found inspiration.
Meet the local craftspeople
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...
Visit their workshops and discover a fantasy world ruled by creativity, but also by meticulous precision...