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“Fantastically Historic Hostel”

Hostal dels Trabucayres
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Hostal dels Trabucayres
Knutsford, United Kingdom
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“Fantastically Historic Hostel”
Reviewed May 12, 2011

The Trabucayres has a fantastic history as first being a hostel for bandits and smugglers (the Trabucayres bandits were named after the trumpet shaped muskets that they carried) and then assuming a greater significance in a stopping off point for Europeans joining the International Brigades fighting Franco (including the famous author, Laurie Lee) and later, for Spaniards escaping Franco in the Retirada. The nearby Col de Li was also used by British airmen escaping German-occupied france and Jews escaping the Nazis.

So it was a great pleasure to stay in such a wonderful place, but what's it like now?

A bit basic, but it is what it is. No en-suites, no towels, no soap (even in the toilets) and a basic breakfast of toast and jam.

The restaurant is actually a lot better than the accomodation and is given a mention in the Michelin Guide of all places.

Would definitely recommend for a base for a walking holiday but get to bed early as everything closes at 2200

If you want more luxury, try the gite next door which is owned by the same people.

Finally, booking is a problem if you don't speak French. They don't have a website, they don't have email and the fax machine is never switched on!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hostal dels Trabucayres
Address: Las Illas, 66480, France
Location: France > Occitanie > Pyrenees-Orientales
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Ranked #186 of 277 Specialty Lodging in Pyrenees-Orientales
Number of rooms: 5

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