Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup, or “Eat well, laugh often, love abundantly.” …things to do in the south of France! I haven’t been to France in awhile and I’m really itching to get back, specifically to one of my favorite wine regions: Languedoc-Roussillon. The effect that the warm air off of the Mediterranean has when it meets the cooler air from the north forges a wine-style that has a lot of personality. In fact, I remember a time when I was heavily into learning wine and this was just such a standout region for me. And some friends of mine are exploring it right now, and word is, they’ve found a true gem of a chateau where I can lay my head the next time I visit.
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CityRoom Magazine’s top pick for late winter and early spring is chateau “La Tour Apollinaire” in Perpignan, France — famous in the region for its charm, elegance, hospitality, affordability, and spectacular location in the heart of French wine country.
Quick Facts About Perpignan:
Perpignan is officially “the sunniest place in France” with over 320 days of blue sky every year.
- The region where Perpignan is located (Languedoc-Roussillon) is the world’s largest wine producing area in the world. So, needless to say, there are many excellent wineries in the area offering tours and tastings. Some of the wines are so coveted that they are not even exported, making a visit to the areas wineries all the more special.
- Although it is a French city, Perpignan is part of Catalonia. Indeed it is a crossroads of three distinct cultures: Spanish, Catalan, and French. This reflects in the language, the architecture, and the lifestyle.
Why Perpignan? CityRoom Travel combed the globe looking for a rare escape combining romance, local charm, an enjoyable climate, outstanding culinary experiences, and activities that appeal to romantics of all ages — just in time for Saint Valentine’s day. And, as love has no price, an important factor in their decision was affordability: a place where lovers can feel like royalty without having the bank account of kings and queens.
They found Perpignan, a small city on the Mediterranean in the south of France with marketplaces that are said to be among the best in France and characteristic of the region. Once in Perpignan, they found Chateau La Tour Apollinaire.
Exquisite hospitality: La Tour Apollinaire combines the grandeur of a small provincial castle, the elegance and artistic design of a boutique hotel, and the warm hospitality of a charming bed & breakfast. It is locally famous — for over ten years, this 19th century chateau has been a mainstay for visitors to the Perpignan area who seek style, elegance, and comfort while enjoying some of the best wines in the world. The owners are true culinary experts with a vast knowledge and passion for winemaking in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, and as such, they are more than happy to guide their guests to the best vineyards.
Ease of travel: Perpignan has direct flights from Paris, London, and other major cities. It is also a short train-ride from Barcelona, as well as from the airport at Girona. Visitors also often come by train from Marseille.
Saint Valentine’s Special: In honor of the month of love, the owners of La Tour Apollinaire will present all bookings a gift of flowers and a fine bottle of Valmy rosé wine at check in. Yum and thanks in advance!
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