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Saint-Arnac - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Pyrénées-Orientales

History of the town: the time of the Templars ...

Early, Mas Deu increased the growing importance of its possessions Fenolheda. Two main houses were jointly responsible for monitoring, stewardship, development related goods. These are homes Corbos and Centernach (Saint Arnac *), while dependent Diocese of Narbonne. It is in 1137 that the Templars settled in Centernach.

But why this choice of Centernach? Isolation, where greater security, wealth of the land, near water. Other reasons may be that we do not. But the fact is there and it is obvious. Anyway, Centernach already had letters of nobility. His name appears on a degree in the year 899. "And in pago Fenolesedo Villare quod dicitur Centernaro cim integritare omni" or, in the country Fenolheda there is a hamlet and land that we call Centernach (Centernago, Centernag, Sent Ernach). Among the tutors committed Centernach when the territory was erected in Préceptorie must include: Brother Etienne 1214-1217 Jean Argeles in 1256, Pierre de Campredon of 1263 to 1265, Pierre de Canohès 1266 Raymond Golatz in 1275.

Centernach had a large herd in the custody of Stone Centernach died around 1319, which made him to prosper, multiply maitéries and enclosures to house these animals.

Canohès stone is carefully cared for olive cultivation. It swarmed at that time on the hills and the mill was one of the l'Agly, load oil yield. Raymond Golatz succeeded him (excerpt from the book "The Templars in Roussillon" of Fernand Arnaudies).

Revenues temple Fenolheda are very modest. The Préceptorie Saint Arnac including both castrated and Saint Arnac Lesquerde provides only 2.8% of the cash income of the Commandery, 3.2% and 2.8% barley wheat. Reserve Saint Arnac is not described, however, can be estimated in two pieces of land to the maximum. From the field in the total production of this Préceptorie is however important since land assert directly provide 23.2% barley and 75% wheat (excerpt from the book "A commander Roussillonaise" Annals noon Laure Verdon) .

* It should be noted that the name of Saint Arnac is not anything other than etymological error. He never existed Saint Arnac. The village church is also placed under the invocation of St. Peter.

Geographical information

Latitude42.7795750 (N 42° 46’ 46”)
Longitude2.5295120 (E 2° 31’ 46”)
AltitudeFrom 212m to 583m
Surface area6.60 km²
Population123 inhabitants
Density18 inhabitants/km²
PrefecturePerpignan (26 mi, 46 min)
Insee code66169
IntercommunalityCC Agly Fenouillèdes
TerritoryLanguedoc-Roussillon, Pyrenees

Nearest cities & towns

Lansac2.5 mi (7 min)
Ansignan3.7 mi (8 min)
Lesquerde3.8 mi (10 min)
Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet3.9 mi (10 min)
Maury5.8 mi (16 min)
Rasiguères5.8 mi (15 min)
Planèzes6.4 mi (16 min)
Trilla7.1 mi (22 min)
Pézilla-de-Conflent7.6 mi (19 min)
Prugnanes7.8 mi (18 min)
Saint-Martin-de-Fenouillet7.8 mi (20 min)
Caramany8.1 mi (21 min)
Felluns8.2 mi (22 min)
Latour-de-France8.6 mi (22 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Natural sites


Overview of the Village
Overview of the Village
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The Church
The Church
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The Village Square
The Village Square
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A lane
A lane
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View Saint-Arnac
View Saint-Arnac
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Wednesday 23 february
Min. 5°C - Max. 19°C
Thursday 24 february
Min. 5°C - Max. 17°C
Friday 25 february
Min. 3°C - Max. 17°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

In the near the common environment, many tourist sites to visit. The most numerous are the castles of the Cathar period, Roman ruins, museums, and various wine cellars which are the territory's economy.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Canyoning or rafting in the countryside
Sports sensations29 € to 38 € Marquixanes (9.7 mi)
Guided hike in the Catalan Pyrenees
Nature and the great outdoors30 € to 630 € Taurinya (14.7 mi)
Tour of the Canalettes caves
Nature and the great outdoors6 € to 10 € Villefranche-de-Conflent (15.7 mi)
Sensory trail, Mini Fort Boyard Catalan
Entertainment28 € Rivesaltes (17.4 mi)
Helicopter sightseeing flight
Sports sensations50 € to 140 € Perpignan (19.6 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Felluns from the dolmens to the aqueduct
HikeIntermediate5h40Felluns (2.6 mi)
Arboussols - Marcevol loop
HikeEasy2h00Arboussols (8.3 mi)
Along the Bohère Canal
HikeEasy1h30Prades (12.4 mi)
The Lakes of Nohèdes
HikeAthletic7h30Nohèdes (16.3 mi)
Madrès Peak
HikeIntermediate3h00Roquefort-de-Sault (16.9 mi)


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