Home
Find a property for sale in Languedoc

 

Properties for Sale

Search hundreds of properties for Sale across the region.

Property Guide eBook

Download 'French Property: An Insider's Guide' and save time and hassle when you buy a property.

Useful Advice

Advice for Buyers

Advice for Sellers

Find a holiday rental or B&B in Languedoc

 

Holiday Rentals

Browse holiday villas and apartments.

B&Bs, Resorts, Hotels

Find the perfect place to relax.

Luxury B&Bs

Useful Advice

Advice to Renters

Advice to Owners

 

What to see and do in Languedoc

 

Sightseeing in LanguedocSightseeing

Information on the region's many tourist attractions.

ActivitiesActivities

See what activities are available, from ballooning to walking.

Eating and drinkingFood & Wine

Taste great cuisine & discover the Languedoc's wine.

Holidays and tours in the South of France Tours & Courses

Choose from many activity-based courses, tours and holidays.

Mediterranean BeachesBeaches

Reviews of sea, river and lake beaches. Beach restaurants & bars.

Travel and flight information for the LanguedocTravel Information

Flights. Car Hire. Books. Weather.
And much more.

What to see and do in Languedoc

 

Languedoc Wine History Wine Tours

Learn more about Languedoc's wines with a guided tour.

Languedoc Wine RegionsRegions

Read about the wine regions, & what makes them unique.

Languedoc Wine CertificationsLe Terroir

How technique, soil and weather shape a Languedoc wine.

Languedoc Wine HistoryThe History

From the Romans through to Phylloxera to today.

Languedoc Grape Varieties Grape Varieties

Discover the differences between appellations.

Buying Languedoc WineCertifications

The complex and confusing part of wine in the Languedoc.

wine tasting in languedocWine Tasting

Taste fine wines. The best wine domaines to visit.

wine courses exhibits Courses & Exhibits

Learn more about everything to do with Languedoc wine.

Buying Languedoc WineWine Shop

Languedoc's best wines - cherry-picked by expert Wendy Gedney - delivered with no excise duty.

Sightseeing in Languedoc
  • The Priory of Serrabone, Languedoc
  • The Priory of Serrabone, Languedoc
  • The Priory of Serrabone, Languedoc
  • The Priory of Serrabone, Languedoc
Home > Explore The Region > Sightseeing > Churches & Abbeys > Priory of Serrabone

The Priory of Serrabone - the Pyrénées' best kept secret

 

Practical Information:

ACCESS:

Nearest town for meals: Ille-sur-Tete

Drive time from Perpignan: 30 mins

 


View Priory of Serrabone in a larger map

 

PRICING:

€1.50. There is no tour, and you have free access to the entire site. Contact: Prieuré de Serrabone, 66130 Boule-d'Amont
Phone: 04 68 84 09 30

 

HOURS:

Open daily (except 01/01, 01/05, 01/11, 25/12.) : 10am-6pm

 


COMBINE WITH:

Les Orgues de Roussillon >
St Martin du Canigou >
Villefranche le Conflent >

For some reason, the foothills of the Pyrenees seem to host some of Languedoc's most beautiful historical sites - the walled village of Villefranche le Conflent, for example, the gorgeous (at least from afar) Abbeye de St Martin de Canigou, and the very picturesque castle and village of Castelnou. But almost hidden amongst all of these brighter stars is a little gem - the Priory of Serrabone.

 

It's a tiny, unimposing place. Supposedly, a priory is one notch down from an abbey, and Serrabone is but a Mini next to the Bently of St Martin de Canigou. A rather drab, unimpressive one at that, from the outside at least. It's spartan design and dull grey stone give no hint of the delights to be found within.

 

You reach Serrabone by driving up a rather trecherous mountain road that twists and turns forever, revealing superb Pyreneean scenery on every corner. The mountains here are carpeted with green oak, and soar and plummet around you like waves.

 

We eventually reached the priory car park, and passed a very pretty and well-manicured garden of box hedges and supposedly interesting plants (I'm no botanist). From the 'acceuil' (paying €1.50) you enter a cloistered hall (see above) with some of the most beautifully carved pillars I've ever seen, of animals and plants.

 

The views from here are magnificent - with the mountainside dropping sharply below and then rising again in the distance. Stairs from this hall lead up to the roof of the priory, from which the veiws are even more impressive.

 

This leads to a strange and unique indoor cloister - beautifully carved out of pink marble which seems totally out of place in so stark and simple a church.

 

Supposedly, much of the original priory was also constructed of carved pink marble (when the building was first founded in the 12th century) - and the more spartan elements of the priory were built later around it.

 

Prieuré de Serrabone

Carved columns with gardens below. The views from here are terrific.

We think the Priory of Serrabone is a definate must for anyone visiting or living in Languedoc. It is, however, quite small, and your visit won't last that long.

 

So we'd recommend combining a trip here with lunch at Villefranche le Conflent and perhaps an afternoon trip to the Abbey of St Martin du Canigou or the strange rock formations of Les Orgues de Roussillon.

RELATED LINKS
ADVERTISING
USEFUL TOOLS:
SUGGESTED: BOOKS

PROPERTY
SALES

 

Property in the south of France

 

Advice on buying & selling

Property guide eBook

 

Terms & Conditions

 

HOLIDAY
ACCOMMODATION

 

Villas in the south of France

B&Bs and Hotels in the south of France

 

Luxury B&Bs

Find a holiday rentals agent

Canal barge hotels

Our Facebook page

TOURISM
INFORMATION

 

Introduction

 

Sightseeing

Activities

City Guides

Beaches

Travel information

Weather

Best books & maps

OWNERS
& AGENTS

 

Advertise your property

Advertise your business

 

Owner Sign-in

 

Advice to owners, buyers
and renters

Press coverage

Testimonials

OTHER
LINKS

 

Home

Contact us

 

About us

Site Map

Sign-out

 

Follow us:

Visit our FaceBook page Visit our YouTube channel Visit our Twitter page