Base camp Prades
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Prades is a good spot to use as base camp for exploring the south east part of the Languedoc/Rousillon area. It is situated halfway Perpignan and Andorra; you can go up north to the Corbières Cathar region or south into the Pyrenees. I rented a gite at the Villa Lafabrègue (see review).
Prades is a laid-back French catalan village on the river Têt. There are actually no particular sights to visit. Well, perhaps the Saint Peter church is worth to honour with a visit. The eglise is on the central square and has a typical bell tower with open paired arches. The churche's main attraction is the altarpiece which takes up the entire wall behind the high altar. To have a proper view on it, you have to activate the spotlights which is gona cost you money!
Just outside Prades, on the road to Vernet-les-Bains, is the Benedictine monastery of Saint-Michel-de-Cuixa, a very interesting complex. The pelgrim route to Santiago de Compostella passes by the abbey. The monastery contains a standard square cloister, a four-tier bell tower and a lovely small garden. The cloister was robbed of many columns, which are now part of the Cloisters in upper Manhattan, NY...