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Prats-de-Mollo-la-Preste - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Pyrénées-Orientales

Prats-de-Mollo-la-Preste, "Pratis in Valis Asperis", the meadow in the wild valley, appears for the first time in 878. The first church is consecrated in 982; Of the monks of the abbey of Arles on Tech evangelizes the country. In 988, "Vila Pratis" becomes a county town of the Counts of Besalù who build a small palace there to stay during the summer. From 1242 to 1649, the Kings of Aragon protected the city and endowed it with privileges: abolition of certain taxes, creation of a university, delegation of deputies to the "Corts Catalans" first parliament known in Europe,, Free justice. These privileges ensured a continuous prosperity thanks to the development of the textile weaving industry, that of iron by the Catalan forges process, and the breeding.

In 1659, the city was attached to the kingdom of France following the signing of the Treaty of the Pyrenees. The city, headed by Joseph de la Trinxeria and its troop of armed volunteers "Angels of the Terra", will resist for more than 10 years the royal attempts to impose the tax on the so-called salt salt.

This attachment causes a deprivation of the valley deprived of its traditional outlets on Barcelona and Catalonia. Vauban directed the work of strengthening the city and the construction of the Fort which were part of the department's fortifications program.

In 1793, the population opened the doors of the city to the troops of General Ricardos who after invading the Roussillon were repulsed during the Battle of Peyrestortes.

In the 19th century, a rigorous francization, the creation of the road in 1870, the railway, led to the departure of many inhabitants facing the difficulties of mountain agriculture.

In 1939, 100,000 Spanish Republican refugees transit through Prats de Mollo, it is "La Retirada".

In 1940, torrential rainfall for more than three days caused the flooding of the Tech (L'Aiguat): roads, houses and factories were washed away. The economy of Prats is ruined.

Today thanks to the efficiency of the waters of La Preste, the city has managed to convert its economy to hydrotherapy and tourism.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude42.4038300 (N 42° 24’ 14”)
Longitude2.4795750 (E 2° 28’ 46”)
AltitudeFrom 575m to 2693m
Surface area145.09 km²
Population1098 inhabitants
Density7 inhabitants/km²
PrefecturePerpignan (64 km, 1h08)
Insee code66150
IntercommunalityCC du Haut Vallespir
TerritoryLanguedoc-Roussillon, Pyrenees

Nearest cities & towns

Le Tech7.4 km (11 min)
Serralongue14 km (20 min)
Montferrer16.7 km (24 min)
Arles-sur-Tech19.3 km (22 min)
Saint-Laurent-de-Cerdans21 km (30 min)
Lamanère21 km (31 min)
Coustouges25 km (36 min)
Corsavy26 km (32 min)
Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda27 km (35 min)
Montbolo30 km (40 min)
Reynès33 km (43 min)
Taulis38 km (53 min)
Taillet40 km (53 min)
Saint-Marsal44 km (1h00)
Valmanya52 km (1h20)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Natural sites

Events and festivities


The Tech
The Tech
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The Preste
The Preste
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La Preste - Grand Thermal Hotel
La Preste - Grand Thermal Hotel
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The Preste
The Preste
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Chapel of Saint-Isidore
Chapel of Saint-Isidore
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Chapel of Saint-Isidore
Chapel of Saint-Isidore
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Chapel of Saint-Isidore
Chapel of Saint-Isidore
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The Tech
The Tech
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The Tech
The Tech
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Fort Lagarde, Prats-de-Mollo
Fort Lagarde, Prats-de-Mollo
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Friday 22 september
Min. 10°C - Max. 20°C
Saturday 23 september
Min. 13°C - Max. 20°C
Sunday 24 september
Min. 13°C - Max. 24°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit an old-style artisan baker and biscuit-maker
Arts and CraftsFreeVernet-les-Bains (17.5 km)
Canyoning at the Gourg des Anelles (Level 2)
Sports sensations45 € Céret (22 km)
Tour of the Canalettes caves
Nature and the great outdoors6 € to 10 € Villefranche-de-Conflent (22 km)
Canyoning in the Pyrénées-Orientales
Sports sensations30 € Céret (24 km)
Renting an electric ATV at the Col de La Llose
Nature and the great outdoors10 € to 32 € La Llagonne (31 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Flag (Le Drapeau)
HikeIntermediate2h00Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda (18.3 km)
Chapel of Santa Engracia
HikeIntermediate3h30Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda (18.3 km)
Saint-Ferréol hermitage
HikeEasy2h10Céret (24 km)
Along the Bohère Canal
HikeEasy1h30Prades (24 km)
The Carança Gorges
HikeAthletic3h30Thuès-Entre-Valls (25 km)


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