Pyrénées-Orientales
Villefranche-de-Conflent
Interesting
Villefranche-de-Conflent The Essential
Interesting
At the point where the River Cady joins the River Têt, this strategic town was originally an Aragonese outpost facing the French defensive line known as the "Fils de Carcassonne". Fortified from the outset, it became all the more formidable thanks to works by Vauban, and is today recognised as a wonder of military architecture with Unesco World Heritage site status. As elsewhere in Roussillon, pink marble is used in many of its monuments, and its Fair of St Luc has been held since the year 1303.