Villefranche de Conflent, 65km away
Villefranche de Conflent
This old merchant city, capitale of the Conflent, down the Canigou, kept the remarkable traces of its history and its status of defensive place.
During the 11th century, the powerful count of Cerdagne, the opponant of the count of Roussillon, found in Villefranche a strategic place. Indeed, the village is deeply step-sided at the meeting of two rivers. When fortified, it started to play a defensive role and will keep for a long time this mission. Adding to the medieval ramparts his fortification's system, Vauban reinforce during the 17th century its role of military capitale of a frontier region.
Today, the village of Villefranche de Conflent shows a monumental gathering of pink-marbled buildings. On the principal place, the Saint Jacques Church is known for its remarkable norman portal of the 12th century made with the local marble. The village is provided by a curiosity that you should not miss: the access to the Liberia fort, built by Vauban, through a surprising tunel of stairs called "the thousand steps". Villefranche de Conflent is also the train station of the departure of the "Petit Train Jaune" (the Little Yellow Train).