Canaveilles and the French Pyrenees Orientales
La Rose Des Vents nestles in the tiny and beautiful French village of Canaveilles, typical of the Pyrenees Orientales. The village itself sits at 900m altitude and has majestic views across the Têt Valley to the Massif Du Canigou and the famous peak of Mount Canigou itself.
Where Is Canaveilles?
Canaveilles is in the amazing lower reaches of the French Catalan Pyrenees and can be found heading on the main N116 (road to Andorra) from Perpignan. Once beyond the village of Olette there is a small mountain round which winds its way up to the village. It is the only road in or out of the village, and leads to nowhere but Canaveilles, so you won’t see anything in the way of through traffic.
Heading down the valley Perpignan and the Mediterranean Coast can be reached in roughly an hour. Heading up the valley the ski slopes can be reached in half an hour.
The Weather In Canaveilles
In springtime the weather is perfect for those who enjoy activities such as walking and cycling. The flora begins to flower and the days are often sunny without the heat becoming too oppressive.
Summer is when people can enjoy the long, warm sunny days. The mountain streams, rivers and natural springs are perfect for cooling off in the very hot weather, as is a long lazy lunch on a shaded terrace.
Autumn, like spring, is perfect for walking and cycling. The colours in the region are magical at this time of year and you will often encounter many local folk out foraging for mushrooms or even truffles.
As winter arrives the surrounding mountain peaks become covered in snow, creating an amazing winter wonderland. Although the village of Canveilles itself rarely sees a lot of snow, we are perfectly positioned for the ski resorts of Font-Romeu, Les Angles and St-Pierre-Dels-Forcats.
The local village of Olette is just 10 minutes away. Here you will find any essentials as there is a small grocery store, restaurant, Post Office, boulangerie, pâtisserie and bar.
Prades is the nearest large town and has everything you could need. There are supermarkets, small independent shops and two markets (Tuesday morning for the large, traditional French market and Saturday morning for the smaller local producers organic food market).
Many of the nearby villages have local markets or festivals in the summer, often celebrating local produce. Keep an eye out for the Fête de la Pomme (apple festival) in Sahorre and the Fête de la Patate (celebrating the humble potato) in Matemale.View The Gîte