TO SEE | VILLAGE
Although I live in a beautiful part of the South of France, I do like to take my family on new trips not far from our home. Last holiday destination was Corbère, a small village in the Pyrénées-Orientales department near Perpignan. While exploring the region, I suddenly spot a lovely village perched on terraces in the middle of garrigue. Instead of going to Prades, we had to found out more about this picturesque village, which happens to be one of the most beautiful villages of France.
Eus looks out on the Conflent valley and the snowy summit of Mont Canigou. On our scenic way to the hilltop village, we get plenty more gorgeous views both on Eus and the valley below. Of course, I have to take some pictures (our kids call me “the geek”, I wonder why…), but we also have a lovely picnic before entering the village.
Time to explore. Via the carrer de l’Ajuntament we walk all the way up to the Saint Vincent Church. Well, Eus is a small village, so the climb is not too bad, especially including a few stops. For me to take some more pictures (“geek”) and the kids love the cats that seem the only living creatures of the village. The church dates from the 18th century and stands on the ruins of an old castle. Right at the top of the hill we are rewarded with another great view.
While we stroll the cobbled little streets of the picturesque village, we notice more Spanish street names. Back in the 16th century, Eus belonged to the Spanish territory, and they successfully defended themselves against the French for about 200 years. In the 18th century, Eus became French again, and nowadays it is still part of the Catalan Pyrenees. If you want to get the best picture of Eus, apparently you should go during springtime, when the peach trees bloom and the top of Mont Canigou is still snowy. Have to come back I guess, for some more geeky moments ;).