What’s New!

  • Cattlar 66500 – A baking Revolution?

    Sunday  is a day of rest in France – great! No shops open just maybe a little food festival, an organised walk or maybe  a specialist market to go to.  So last Sunday morning we took a run over to Cattlar, only about 5 minutes from Prades and 10 from Ria Sirach Apartments, for a market we saw advertised.  The market was small, very small, but the centerpiece was a stall run by the new local bakers – they were queued out. There was one guy doing repeated runs back to the bakery for more stock. On further enquiry we found out that three young bakers had taken over the local bakery and they certainly were a hit. They produce a wide range of baking including sourdough loaves. We purchased some of their produce  and distributed it to the renters – It is now a Sunday tradition that we supply the Sunday bread! Usually we get it from the wood oven in Villefranche de Conflent but something tells me that Cattlar will be getting a turn as well.

  • Bread dispensing Machine in Ria-Sirach

    Our daily bread.

    Sadly like many villages all over France Ria-Sirach has lost the village baker. They just cannot compete with the supermarkets. However the village has come up with a solution – bread vending machines. There are three installed in the village and the bread is really good!

  • Our Location!

    Ria- Sirach twin villages are situated between Prades and Villefranche de Conflent. The village is around 45 minutes from the coast and the same distance from the high Pyrenees.

  • French Relations?

    This morning we said farewell to our latest guests from Toulouse. Turns out they had a little Irish blood in them. Their Granny was Doherty, a real Donegal name. Catherine’s granny was O’Doherty. Related? They will be looking for family discount next time!

  • Pizza a French staple!

    You think Pizza and you think Italian – well after a while in France you might have other ideas . Pizza Restaurants are everywhere. Our local pizza is run by a real character Jordi who can converse in many languages. He recently won  a pizza making competition in Toulouse and is now progressing to the National Final. Felicitations Jordi.  https://www.facebook.com/lapizzeriadesrmparts/

  • Valentine’s Special Offer

    Rent from two night in any of our apartments in the coming Valentine’s week and get complimentary bubbly, chocolates and flowers as well as logs for the wood burner. Everything for a romantic  getaway.

  • La Vuelta Prades!

    Prades ville-étape du Tour d’Espagne !

    C’est une information France Bleu Roussillon. La Vuelta fera étape dans les Pyrénées-Orientales ! On savait qu’après le grand départ de Nîmes les coureurs éviteraient Perpignan, mais ils s’arrêteront en Conflent, avant de rejoindre l’Andorre.

    Les stars du cyclisme Nairo Quintana, Chris Froome et Alberto Contador poseront pied dans les Pyrénées-Orientales ! Ca ne sera pas avec le Tour de France en juillet prochain, mais avec le Tour d’Espagne, fin août ! C’est d’ailleurs une grande première pour le département.

  • Put Canigou on your Bucket List!

    Canigou is a magnificent mountain. It towers over the whole area. It is considered sacred to the Catalans and a trip up it is a must. For the faint hearted this can be achieved by a combination of jeep ride and a shortish slog to the top or for the more adventurous. – the hike up is around five hour and there is an excellent hostel for an overnight stay.

  • Ski Time

    The apartments are at the foothills of the Pyrenees – there are eight ski stations within an hours drive

  • Our New Website!

    Our New Website – We have four spacious apartments in Ria- Sirach near the bustling town of Prades 66500 in Southern France. We live onsite so we are always on hand to assist renters. Our goal is to provide quality accommodation at reasonable prices. We have recently updated our apartments and decided to update our website also. Ria Sirach is ideally situated midway between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean coast, only 40 minutes from the Spanish border. we are blessed with year round good weather. As I type this in early February the sun is steaming in the window

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