The Area


Olette lies some 30 miles west of Perpignan in the Pyrenees Orientales region of the Languedoc Roussillon department. It is set in an unique area of south-west France/north-east Spain called Catalonia. The town is on the border between the plains of Roussillon (famous for its wines) and the foothills of the Pyrenees. It is dominated by the sacred mountain of le Canigou, the spiritual home of the Catalonians.

Unique is the correct word, Catalonia has its own language and a history of interaction between France and Spain. Mountains, plains and the Mediterranean offer the perfect mix that lets walkers, skiers, those who enjoy country life and good food to experience nature to the full. In short, a perfect holiday destination.

No matter the season, Catalonia remains full of interest. Hot in the height summer, cool in the depths of winter, the area enjoys an above average 300 sunny days per year. You may find, like we did, that you fall in love with Catalonia, that you want to stay forever and buy the ideal retreat.

Rich in tradition and history the area captivates and intrigues all who visit. The Spanish border,the Mediterranean and some Pyrenean ski resorts are within 40 minutes by car. As well as a large, busy weekly market in nearby Prades there are banks, shops, bars and restaurants. Enjoy fantastic walks, such as the dramatic and challenging Caranca Gorge, which is located 10 minutes from us by car. We are also happy to organise 4 x 4 trips to Canigo, for our guests, starting from Villefranche de Conflent (advisable to book in advance). After your walk why not relax in the thermal baths at St Thomas les Bains or enjoy a scenic journey on Le Petit Train Jaune? Feeling energetic why not try Canyoning in hot thermal waters - the only place in Europe?

One of the area's best kept secrets is that it is home to not one, but five winners of the prettiest villages in France contest. They are Evol, Eus, Villefranche-de-Conflent, Mosset and Castlenou. All the beautiful villages are within half an hour or less of the hotel.


La Fontaine, Place de la Victoire, 66360 OLETTE, Pyrenees Orientales.       Tel: +33 (0) 4 68 97 03 67    Email: