Joch is a picturesque village situated at the foot of Canigou in the Pyrenees Orientales (66), less than 40 kilometers from the Catalan cultural city of Perpignan. the home of both a Rugby Union and Ruby League team - USAP and the Catalan Dragons.
As well as enjoying both the Med and the mountains you can also discover the regions rich history, art, architecture and culture .
Less than 1 hour from the Mediterranean beaches and the Pyrenean ski resorts (open in the summer for a wide range of mountain activities including hiking, cycling, karting, parapenting...) this is the perfect base for those looking for a sporting, relaxing or cultural holiday.
Just 10 minutes from the villa is the vibrant, historic town of Prades, with its lively market every Tuesday and Saturday mornings. Prades was the home of the renowned, exiled Spanish musician Pablo Casals and the town hosts the world famous Pablo Casals music festival every summer.
Villefranche de Conflent
15 minutes from Joch is the beautiful fortified town of Villefranche de Conflent - home to an array of individual shops, restaurants and artists. From here you can visit the imposing Chateau Fort Liberia , the incredible caves or take a trip on the "Little Yellow Train" - an unforgettable journey through the majestic pyrenean mountains.
Here are just a few "local must sees"
- Grottes des Canalettes
- Le Petite Train Jaune
- L’Abbaye de Saint-Michel de Cuxa
- Parc Animalier de Casteil
- L’Abbaye de Saint-Martin du Canigou
- Saint Thomas les Bains
- Les Orgues d’Ille sur Têt
Art lovers will not be disappointed, with many of the truly great artists having lived in the region. Monet, Manet, Modigliani, Matisse, Dali, Maillol, to name just a few. A visit to the Modern Art Museum at Céret is a must, as is a trip to the Dali Museum in Figueras, Spain.
No holiday to the region would be complete with out a trip to the bustling cosmopolitan town of Perpignan,, described by Salvador Dali as the "Centre of the World"! Every Thursday evening throughout the summer season Perpignan takes on a carnival like quality with free live music and entertainment throughout the city.
A trip to the coast wouldn't be complete without a day at the unbelievably picturesque old fishing town of Collioure - once again home to so many famous artists.
After a long day of exploring why not relax in one of the regions near by natural hot thermal baths - St Thomas les Bains, Molitg-les-Bains and Vernet-les-Bains.