Discover the medieval village of Castelnou: A journey through time

Located just a 30-minute drive from the center of Perpignan, the village of Castelnou invites you on a journey into the past, at the heart of the Middle Ages. This medieval gem perched on a hill offers a picturesque setting and an authentic atmosphere that is sure to captivate you.

Article from 06.26.2023

The history of Castelnou dates back to the 10th century when the feudal castle was built to protect the region from invasions. The narrow, cobbled streets, carefully restored stone houses, and magnificent medieval facades still bear witness to this rich past. Stroll through the picturesque streets, admire the historical buildings, and immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of this timeless village.

One of the highlights of your visit is the discovery of the castle, which offers breathtaking views of the surroundings. As you wander through its halls and ramparts, you will be transported to the medieval era and can imagine the lives of the lords and knights who once inhabited it. From the castle terrace, you'll have a panoramic view of the valley and the village, creating a picturesque backdrop worthy of a postcard.

The village is full of artisan workshops and art shops where you can admire and purchase local handmade products, such as pottery, wood carving, and traditional textiles. You can also visit the Heritage House, which features exhibitions on the history and culture of the region.

The charming atmosphere of Castelnou makes it an ideal place to stroll and enjoy the tranquility of the Catalan countryside. You can stop at one of the village's cafes and restaurants to savor regional specialties, such as Catalan cuisine and local wines.

To visit the castle, the entrance fees are as follows: €5 for adults, €4.5 with the Pass Découvertes en Pays Catalan (which also offers discounts at other sites in the region), and free entry for children under 8 years old. Take advantage of this opportunity to delve into the history of this medieval fortress and admire the magnificent view it offers.

The village is a must-visit during your stay in the region. Its captivating history, panoramic views, and medieval ambiance make it an enchanting place to explore. Don't forget to get the Pass Découvertes en Pays Catalan for reduced rates and explore the treasures of Pyrénées-Orientales.

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Adult: €5
Pass Découvertes en Pays Catalan: €4.5
Child under 8 years: Free
Entertainment: Additional €1
Groups > 15 people: €2.5 per person
Free Admission: Persons with disabilities, School groups


Place du Château

66300 Castelnou

Opening Hours

Open from May 22 to September 17
Every day without interruption: 10am-7pm