Which village to stay in when climbing Canigou?

Canigou

Looking for a breath of fresh air in the Pyrenees? Here’s where to stay to climb the Canigou, the highest peak in the eastern Pyrenees!

The Canigou peak is located in the Conflent region of the Pyrénées-Orientales département, and rises to 2874 m above sea level. Its exceptional location makes it an ideal promontory from which to admire the Roussillon plain and, on a clear day, even the city of Barcelona. Climbed for the first time in 1280 by Peter III of Aragon, during the Second World War scouts installed a wrought-iron cross on the summit, which is still there today – but requires some effort to salute!

A Natura 2000 site since 2011, the area is also home to many hiking trails, as well as summer cultural events such as the Fête de la Saint-Jean in June, and sporting events such as the Course du Canigou, a trail race renowned for its demanding nature! Whatever your motivation, the Canigou will be your ally if you want to take a deep breath of mountain air in its company.

Want to find out more about this Pyrenean giant? No problem, we’ve put together a list of the most charming villages to stay in when climbing the Canigou.

Eus

Eus is a hamlet nestled at the foot of the Canigou mountain, from which it is separated by a huge orchard: a major producer of nectarines, peaches and apricots, the village is also a mecca for Pyrenean tourism, and was even named « most beautiful village in France »! The tiny hamlet boasts two historic monuments: Chapelle Saint-Vincent d’Eus andEglise Saint-Vincent-d’En-Haut d’Eus. A number of sporting activities, such as rafting, can be enjoyed here, and the many hiking trails that have sprung up will enable you to explore the ruins of the ancient village of Comes, just a few hours’ walk away. A handful of restaurants offer tasty local produce.

As for where to stay when climbing the Canigou in Eus, it all seems rather straightforward in the end: just choose between the few hotel rooms or apartments available for rent by the night or week, or even between the typical, inexpensive guest houses. Just 3 kilometers from the center, for example, opt for a charming chalet at Mas du Canigou, a popular establishment where barbecue facilities, a swimming pool and a terrace with a view allure visiting guests.

Find a B&B in Eus

Castelnou

We’ve fallen in love with this village, also classified as one of the most beautiful in France: this small medieval hamlet built into the hillside of the Aspres (a small natural region), is not lacking in character, and is the ideal antechamber to the Canigou. Enjoy its narrow cobbled streets and multicolored stone walls, as well as its centuries-old fortifications and bread ovens built right into the facades of the houses! Don’t miss the Tour de Castelnou and the church of Sainte-Marie du Mercadal.

Where to stay to climb the Canigou in Castelnou? If you’re looking for a simple, authentic way to spend the night, we suggest you take advantage of the many gîtes in the area, offering affordable accommodation all year round.

Find a hotel in Castelnou

Find a B&B in Castelnou

Evol

At Generation Voyage, we’re spoiling you with a third « most beautiful village in France »! Evol may only have around 20 residents, but it promises to be a masterpiece of heritage, with its shale houses covered in slate roofs, its 11th-century church, and local attractions to delight young and old alike.

Evol is: renowned fishing spots and a crossing point for various transhumances, depending on the season, but also and obviously a land lined with hiking trails, each more beautiful than the last. In addition to guest houses, a number of hotels in Olette (the commune attached to the hamlet) offer accommodation for climbing the Canigou to Evol, with privileged access to this area.

Find a hotel in Olette

Find an Airbnb accomodation in Evol

Vernet-les-Bains

At the foot of the Canigou massif lies the spa town of Vernet-les-Bains. You’ll love its picturesque medieval streets and authenticity! The Canigou protects the 1300 or so inhabitants from the wind and is accessible via the many paths leading to its peak.

With its three Vernet markets, the Belle Époque festival, the Saint Jean bonfire and the famous Canigou race, Vernet-les-Bains is a village where life is good. It’s also the perfect place for hiking enthusiasts, with numerous footpaths and mountain bike trails around the resort.

Find a hotel in Vernet-les-Bains

Find a accomodation in Vernet-les-Bains