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Introduction

Vernet-les-Bains is a village in Pyrénées-Orientales. Because English visitors have been going since the 19th century, some guidebooks almost imply that it might have little for the modern visitor. Ignore that- it's great for ANYBODY who likes mountains and fancies a bit more. Yes - anybody, because walks range from the very simple up as far as you want. If you can't walk at all, you can still enjoy the views and perhaps the wonderful trees in what calls itself an arboretum-village, the amazing geological museum - one of the best in France -and if you fancy that sort of activity, the casino.
There is just one irritation. Summer starts 1st June and you may be unable to find the splendid book of all-level walks or even guides to the trees before that from the Information Centre.

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Sights and Activities

  • Le Canigou major peak not recommended for those without significant mountaineering experience.
  • St Martin du Canigou - monastery near the small village of Casteil, where some buses terminate {others only go as far as Vernet). There are four-wheel drive excursions but 1. make sure you need one = the track from Casteil can be walked by most. 2. if you do need one, get the service bus to Casteil and pick up the $x$ there - you'll save a lot.
  • Villefranche - walled village - if using buses, don't reckom on spending a long time here.
  • Fillols - small village with various walks - beautiful Romanesque church.
  • Geological Museum

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Getting There

By Train

Shares a station with Villefranch des Conflents but a bus is then required.

By Bus

From Perpignan or Villefranche des Conflents

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Getting Around

By Foot

The Information Office will be helpful with recomendations, even if the excellent booklet is not 'in season. Try to include a walk that includes the small vilage of Fillols.

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Eat

Le Pommier - Place Cady - Telephone : 04 68 05 57 83

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Sleep

Mid-Range

Hotel Eden - Logis de France - 2, promenade du Cady - (phone: 33 (0)4 68 05 54 09)

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Post

La Poste in France is also referred to as the PTT (short for postes, télégraphes et téléphones). The mailboxes are painted bright yellow and often there is a slot for local city mail and another slot for "outside mail". Normally there is a queue in the post office, but most of the post offices have the self service machine installed which is quite easy to operate. Nowadays many of the tabac and even some of the souvenir shops also sell postage stamps. Normally an overseas postcard costs almost as much as sending a letter.
Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday, and 8:00am to noon on Saturdays. Apart from the basic job of mailing letters, most of the post offices do some banking activities also and some even have photocopy machines and cyber cafes for internet access.

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