Founded by the Romans, then capital of the Kingdom of Majorca that included the islands of Majorca, Montpellier and Sicily, Perpignan is a city rich of history and traditions. Although it became French based on the signing of the Pyrenees Treaty in 1659, the region has managed to preserve its natural and historic environment.
Departing from Perpignan and within a 2-hour trip, it is possible to get access to almost 30 historic sites in the area and get completely absorbed in French and Catalan culture. The Academy offers throughout the stay days of visits with the teachers in order to discover the culture and the history of France.
> Castles and fortresses of the medieval era: Villefranche, Mont-louis, Castelnou, Carcassonne, Collioure, Salses, Fort Lagarde, Palais des Rois de Majorque, Châteaux Cathares… veritable fortified places built to protect their wealth and still standing up !
> Abbeys and cloisters built in the 11th and 12th century in the plain and in the Pyrenees: Abbaye de Saint Martin du Canigou, Saint Michel de Cuxa (with a famous copy in New York), Arles sur Tech, Serrabonne, Fontfroide, Cloître d’Elne, Prieuré de Marcevol, Hospice d’Ille sur Têt… keepers of the faith and incredible testimony of the cultural wealth of the times !
> Cities of art and of history of the region, deserving to be explored in order to discover their architectural diversity and their Southern soul: Perpignan the Catalan, Montpellier the regional capital of Languedoc Roussillon, Toulouse the pink city, Barcelona the eccentric !
> Important cultural sites : Tautavel where the skull of the oldest European was found; Collioure and Céret that inspired Picasso, Matisse, Derain and Chagall; the Surrealism Museum of Salvador Dali , the Little Yellow Train climbing up toward the Pyrenees…
Finally, the region has numerous regional natural parks : in the Pyrenees but also in the sea. Pedestrian or underwater treks are possible all year long and give access to a fauna and a flora still almost intact.
This department is one of the sunniest of France, and, moreover, it is not affected by pollution: agriculture and tourism have managed to preserve the beauty and colors of these landscapes. More and more Europeans discover the region and decide by the way to settle there because of the quality of the living environment.