The pyrenees - 4-star Camping Ma Prairie in France

The pyrenees

Our 4* campsite is situated near the Pyrenees, between the Canigou mountain range and the vineyards of the “Corbières”, we propose hence, a wide range of activities between Mountain and Sea!

Hiking trails in the “Massif du Canigou”

The Pyrenean Canigou, Holy Mountain of the Catalan people, is listed as a National Nature Reserve since 2012. Its summit that goes by the same name peaks at 2787 meters altitude and is a symbol of Catalan culture and even a pilgrimage site for the local population, who consider the climb of the Canigou a rite of passage.

Each summer, numerous tourists take to the hiking tracks and trails of the mountain range, either on foot or by mountain bike, horseback or even accompanied by donkeys. The latter can carry provisions and bags or even your little ones when they’re tired! There’s a way to discover the Canigou for all levels of practice!

However, if you would want to climb the summit, an average level of physical condition is required alongside a good preparation. Don’t get caught by the weather, a mountainous climate can change rapidly and at great altitude, easily turn into a storm!

A peek into the early ages of the Eastern Pyrenees

The prehistory and the TAUTAVELMAN

The museum of prehistory of Tautavel is a good idea for an outing as a family, not far from either Perpignan or Canet-en-Roussillon. At the museum one can learn all about the Tautavelman, the fossilized remains of a male inhabitant of the region of Tautavel. The Tautavelman was discovered after the initial excavation of a female specimen of Homo Erectus, found in the same cavern.

On site there are different playful animations regarding the prehistoric findings, and you can visit the galleries, where the excavations took place. There’s even a part of the cavern that has been reconstructed as how we think the Tautavelman must have inhabited it: “La Caune de l’Arago”.

The era of enlightenment and Vauban’s fortifications

While visiting the Eastern Pyrenees, seize the opportunity to admire the military architecture of the structures by Vauban, notably those of the remarquably well preserved fortified villages of Villefranche-de-Conflent and Mont-Luis, two classed sites that are on the UNESCO world heritage list.

Don’t miss out!

  • The ramparts and bastions of Villeferanche-de-Conflent
  • Fort Libéria at Villefranche-de-Conflent
  • The Military fort « Mont-Luis » that dates back to 1679 AD and that is situated at an altitude of 1600 meters above sea-level and is the highest-fortified village in France!

The Middle Ages and the land of the Cathars in the Pyrenees

The Castle of Queribus is located at less than a half an hour drive from the camping and is a National Historical Monument, classed site and is remarkably well-conserved end partially restored. The castle was built on a ridge and looks over the plains of the Roussillon.

Other monuments in the area are definitely worth visiting as well. The touristic itinerary that connects the castles of the Cathars, is worthwhile soliciting at the local tourist information office.

When choosing for a camping near the Pyrenees, you’re guaranteed of family leisure and sure to discover the beautiful landscapes and well preserved historical monuments.