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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Pyrénées-Orientales

Municipality of the Eastern Pyrenees, in the heart of Cerdagne, Latour-de-Carol, lies at an altitude of 1209 meters, not far from the Spanish border. This proximity with its Iberian neighbor, the village has developed a cosmopolitan culture full of charm.

This former agricultural and pastoral village, was the eighteenth to the nineteenth century, an important center of negotiations and trade. It was the arrival of the Yellow Train, in the 1920s, which developed tourism in this village, and allowed the establishment of an international station celebrated by Brigitte Fontaine in one of his songs.

With its beautiful rural cerdan habitat type and its many monuments recalling the Catalan history of this part of the Cerdanya, Latour-de-Carol has a certain charm and offers many tourist attractions.

Dotted with hiking trails and lush natural splendor, the village of Latour-de-Carol is a resort popular with tourists.

Geographical information

Latitude42.4650350 (N 42° 27’ 54”)
Longitude1.8907160 (E 1° 53’ 27”)
AltitudeFrom 1209m to 2080m
Surface area12.63 km²
Population427 inhabitants
Density33 inhabitants/km²
PrefecturePerpignan (68 mi, 1h48)
Insee code66095
IntercommunalityCC Pyrénées Cerdagne
TerritoryLanguedoc-Roussillon, Pyrenees

Nearest cities & towns

Enveitg1.2 mi (2 min)
Ur3.1 mi (5 min)
Angoustrine-Villeneuve-des-Escaldes4.7 mi (9 min)
Bourg-Madame5 mi (8 min)
Puigmal5.4 mi (10 min)
Porta5.9 mi (10 min)
Dorres6.2 mi (14 min)
Estavar7 mi (14 min)
Osséja7.5 mi (15 min)
Sainte-Léocadie7.5 mi (14 min)
Palau-de-Cerdagne7.5 mi (15 min)
Porté-Puymorens8.1 mi (14 min)
Nahuja8.5 mi (19 min)
Targassonne9.7 mi (21 min)

Things to see and do

Heritage and tourist attractions abound in Latour-de-Carol, and it's hard to resist the charms of his cerdane architecture.

Walking through the village, it is possible to admire many rural houses cerdan type of the eighteenth century, while old stones. These have inspired many artists over the centuries.

Classified as an historic monument, the ancient church of St. Fruitful Iravals is one of the main attractions of Latour-de-Carol. Romanesque style, it dates from the twelfth century, with an annex built in the seventeenth century. Inside, there is a beautiful altarpiece of Saint Martha, in Gothic style.

On the heights of the town, on a rocky outcrop, the parish church of Saint-Etienne, dating from the fifteenth century, offers a beautiful view of the Cerdagne architecture. The latter was built on the remains of the chapel of the castle of Latour-de-Carol. Access to the site through a monumental staircase to admire the collection of altarpieces. Heights, it boasts a breathtaking view over the rest of the valley and breathtaking landscapes.

Many hiking trails bordered by hedges and old stone walls, that allow to cross the beautiful scenery of the region, and reach peaks as famous as the Carlit or Campcardos.

Built in the early twentieth century, the route of the famous Yellow Train is still relevant. With its winding route, it passes from village to village, which Latour-de-Carol, and you can admire exceptional views of the Pyrenees mountains.

Places of interest


Events and festivities

Small mountain village, Latour-de-Carol has none less numerous activities that embellish the streets of the city center, mainly during the summer.

Latour-de-Carol The festivals take place every year in August, offering many activities of all kinds. Film screenings, meals, or tug of war on the deck of Carol, are planned for the festivities. The festival of brotherhood carolane closing event of Latour-de-Carol.

In June, the holiday village of Yravals part in the festival of mountain, offering different activities such as walking on foot, horseback or mountain bike around Latour-de-Carol.


Saturday 22 july
Min. 17°C - Max. 30°C
Sunday 23 july
Min. 18°C - Max. 30°C
Monday 24 july
Min. 18°C - Max. 31°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Horse ride in the mountains
Nature and the great outdoors15 € to 40 € Matemale (13.8 mi)
Tour of the Canalettes caves
Nature and the great outdoors6 € to 10 € Villefranche-de-Conflent (26 mi)
Guided hike in the Catalan Pyrenees
Nature and the great outdoors30 € to 630 € Taurinya (28 mi)
Descent in the Artigue canyon
Sports sensations72 € to 536 € Niaux (28 mi)
Canyoning with family
Sports sensations30 € to 70 € Prades (29 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Around the ramparts of Mont-Louis
HikeEasy40 minLa Cabanasse (12.2 mi)
The Carança Gorges
HikeAthletic3h30Thuès-Entre-Valls (17.3 mi)
The Lakes of Nohèdes
HikeAthletic7h30Nohèdes (23 mi)
Madrès Peak
HikeIntermediate3h00Roquefort-de-Sault (25 mi)
Pic du Midi
HikeIntermediate3h30Roquefeuil (25 mi)


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