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Villefranche-de-Conflent - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Pyrénées-Orientales

Villefranche-de-Conflent is located at the confluence of three rivers that are the Tet, the Cady and Rotja. The city was built in 1092 by the Count of Cerdanya, William Raymond, and it is this same year was given permission by the Bishop of Elne to build the church of St Jacques.

In 1095 the city was called Villa Franca. Tax liens prompted many artisans to move here: weavers, tanners, weavers, masons, and traders.

In 1681, Vauban built Fort Liberia and recasts Villefranche, enhances the ramparts, built a barracks, a hospital, a bastion, and magazines, and demolition of the Franciscan convent in the Faubourg.

During the reign of Louis XVI, driveway gates are replaced by large doors in pink marble from Villefranche, and drawbridges.

In the 19th century, Napoleon is the third major works including underground called "1000 steps" to access the high Liberia (775 steps) from the bridge St Peter, Bridge to the 12th century.

The village has recently registered in UNESCO World Heritage site and part of the Vauban Circuit.

Villefranche contains within it many shops as well as artisans (traditional bakery, pottery, leather cutters, goldsmiths, and manufacture of witches).

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude42.5867540 (N 42° 35’ 12”)
Longitude2.3665250 (E 2° 21’ 59”)
AltitudeFrom 390m to 1395m
Surface area4.46 km²
Population233 inhabitants
Density52 inhabitants/km²
PrefecturePerpignan (53 km, 56 min)
Insee code66223
IntercommunalityCC Conflent-Canigou

Nearest cities & towns

Corneilla-de-Conflent3.2 km (5 min)
Fuilla3.8 km (7 min)
Ria-Sirach4.5 km (7 min)
Serdinya5 km (7 min)
Codalet5.5 km (8 min)
Vernet-les-Bains6.3 km (11 min)
Prades6.4 km (9 min)
Sahorre7 km (10 min)
Fillols7.3 km (12 min)
Casteil8.2 km (13 min)
Catllar8.6 km (12 min)
Conat8.8 km (12 min)
Olette9.4 km (11 min)
Taurinya9.8 km (13 min)

Things to see and do

The ramparts of the city.

The Romanesque church of the 12th century porch and pink marble.

Bridge St Pierre.

Streets St Jacques and St John with their beautiful homes, some of which date from the Middle Ages.

Visits to caves Canalettes 300 meters from the village.

The fort Liberia.

Start the Little Yellow Train to Villefranche-de-Conflent.

Places of interest

Leisure centres


The city and its walls
The city and its walls
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Villefranche Street
Villefranche Street
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External Walls
External Walls
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Porte de France
Porte de France
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Pont St Pierre Entry
Pont St Pierre Entry
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Door Spain
Door Spain
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Rue Saint -Jean
Rue Saint -Jean
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External Walls
External Walls
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Tuesday 6 october
Min. 14°C - Max. 23°C
Wednesday 7 october
Min. 13°C - Max. 20°C
Thursday 8 october
Min. 14°C - Max. 21°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Not far from Villefranche-de-Conflent:

The Abbey of Saint-Martin du Canigou in management Vernet-les-Bains (8 km).

The cloister of Saint-Michel de Cuxa near Prades.

The altarpiece of the church of Prades.

Visit mines Escaro (10 km).

Hot baths of St. Thomas 1/2h 'Font-Romeu.

Col de Jau and his view on the plain of Roussillon.

And hiking to reach the peak of Canigou.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Horse ride in the mountains
Nature and the great outdoors14 € to 25 € Matemale (21 km)
Introduction to laser biathlon
Sports sensations33 € to 36 € La Llagonne (21 km)
Rafting, hydrospeed or canoe-raft in Aude
Sports sensations30 € to 40 € Axat (26 km)
Canyoning in Pyrénées Orientales
Sports sensations30 € Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet (29 km)
Swimming in warm, sulphurous water
Well-being13 € Llo (29 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Along the Bohère Canal
HikeEasy1h30Prades (5.8 km)
The Lakes of Nohèdes
HikeIntermediate4h30Nohèdes (7.6 km)
Arboussols - Marcevol loop
HikeEasy2h00Arboussols (13 km)
The Carança Gorges
HikeAthletic3h30Thuès-Entre-Valls (13.8 km)
Madrès Peak
HikeIntermediate3h00Roquefort-de-Sault (22 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals