True symbol of the Catalan country, with blood and gold colors, the Yellow Train travels all year round through the Catalan Pyrenees, and has been for almost 100 years. Stop to visit the two cities of Villefranche de Conflent and Mont-Louis during a days excursion.
The city of Villefranche de Conflent, founded in 1092 by Count Guillaume Raymond de Cerdagne, with its fortified wall stayed intact, built between the 11th and the 19th century.
The strategic interest of the city, already recognized in the Middle Ages, is reinforced after the Treaty of the Pyrenees (1659). Louis XIV charged Vauban to complete the defenses of Villefranche and make it a stronghold.
Fort Liberia, perched sentry overlooking Villefranche-de-Conflent and connected to the medieval city by a staircase of 799 steps, was built by Vauban in 1680 and reinforced under Napoleon III between 1850 and 1856. It’s access is possible by foot following a path through the subway (20 min walk), or 4 x 4 vehicle.
Created in the 17th century to protect the Spanish border, the fortified town of Mont-Louis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site within the framework of the Vauban fortifications. The city and its 18th century church are accessible for free or guided visits. Walk around the ramparts to discover the mountain environment
Remparts de Villefranche de Conflent
2 rue Saint Jean, 66500 Villefranche de Conflent
Such. : 04 68 05 87 05
www.villefranchedeconflent-tourisme.frOffice de Tourisme de Mont-Louis
6 Boulevard Vauban, 66210 Mont-Louis
Tel. : 04 68 04 21 97