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Le petit train jaune - best place to get off?

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Le petit train jaune - best place to get off?

We're staying in Villefranche de Conflent end of August and want to take the train jaune but didn't want to go all the way to Latour de Carol. Can anyone suggest a good stop off point? Somewhere pretty, with good scenery, bars and cafes etc. and with a good return point back to Villefranche. I thought Mont Louis might be good but I don't know the area. Most importantly we don't want to miss the most spectacular parts of the train journey and if that means staying on until Latour de Carol so be it!! Thanks Guys

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1. Re: Le petit train jaune - best place to get off?

The most spectacular parts are between Villefranche and Odeillo-Via.

You can get off at La Cabanasse and walk or take a taxi to Mont Louis (1.5 km) or get off at Odeillo-Via and walk or take a taxi to Font-Romeu. (During school holidays there is a shuttle bus).

In both places there are bars, cafés and restaurants.

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Thanks very much.

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3. Re: Le petit train jaune - best place to get off?

Font Romeu has a wider choice of restaurants and cafés, it is a much bigger place than La Cabanasse. On the other hand Mont Louis is a Vauban fortress town (Unesco World heritage list). So is Villefranche de Conflent.

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4. Re: Le petit train jaune - best place to get off?

Thank you, would you say that Mont Louis is the more picturesque of the 2 towns? Also the shuttle bus that operates during the school holidays, is there a service name for it that I can google. Thank you so much for your help

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5. Re: Le petit train jaune - best place to get off?

Font Romeu is a very old summer and winter resort and apart from the Ermitage (3 km from the center) with a chapel, a miraculous Fountain and a Black Virgin does not have many buildings worth of interest. But it is very lively, lots of cafés, a casino, etc... Mont Louis is more of a rural place and of course the fortress is unique.

There is also a solar furnace which can be visited ; www.four-solaire.fr/

The shuttle bus is called 'navette" and I haven't found a timetable for summer 2012. You could ask the Tourist Office ; www.font-romeu.fr/

Edited: 5:23 am, June 18, 2012
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6. Re: Le petit train jaune - best place to get off?

Thank you for replying so quickly, I think we'll go to Mont Louis.

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7. Re: Le petit train jaune - best place to get off?

1 last question am I right in thinking that you can take a train from Perpignan to Villefranche de Conflent for 1 euro?

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8. Re: Le petit train jaune - best place to get off?

Yes, you are right !

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9. Re: Le petit train jaune - best place to get off?

Fantastic! Do you know if this offer will still be running end of August beginning September? We will be travelling Perpignan to Villefranche 29 August and then the reverse on Sept 2. Thanks once again. this is my final question on the matter - you have been a great help

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10. Re: Le petit train jaune - best place to get off?

From what I've heard, it is going to be a permanent offer and it will be extended to all local railway lines in 2013.

The train from Carcassonne to Quillan and from Nîmes to Le Grau du Roi also costs €1.

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