Calling all heritage and history lovers! You cannot go through Villefranche-de-Conflent without stopping! Indeed, the town that was fortified by Vauban, is today one of the most beautiful villages of France and not just because it reunites three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as part of Vauban’s fortifications: the ramparts, Fort Libéria and the Cova Bastera cave.
From the 1000-step climb through the tunnel to the fort, to the discovery of the ramparts and their accompanying legends and a visit of the cave, La Cova Bastera, Villefranche-de-Conflent is a fortress that offers a unique journey into the depths of history. Numerous artisans occupy the premises during the summer months, contributing to Villefranche’s charm.
Near Villefranche-de-Conflent you can also visit Vernet-les-Bains, one of Conflent’s charming thermal spa villages, situated at the foot of Canigou. Villefranche-de-Conflent is also the famous Yellow Train’s departure point and an emblem of the Pays Catalan.