What is nicer than strolling through tiny streets shaded by bougainvillea in summer? Or contemplating an exhibition on a visit to the Casa de l’Albera?

L’Hostalet is in the heart of the old village of Argelès and sightseeing begins on our doorstep: markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the 14th century church, the cultural centre, the Marianne gallery … restaurants and village shops are also in the immediate vicinity.

The nearby Albères mountains are an invitation to walkers, hikers and cyclists.

A little further, five minutes by train or car, is the Mediterranean, and pretty Collioure is just 10 minutes away.

A stay in this beautiful region might also include a visit to Céret and its Museum of Modern Art, Perpignan and its Castillet, or fortified Villefranche de Conflent a UNESCO World Heritage Site.