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Contact us by the address above. We rent 3 double rooms which can also be used as single rooms. Each room has its own entrance by outside and a room of water with TOILET. The rooms are equipped with a double bed and a sofa bed. Price of the night from 45 €.
At guests' disposal there is a summer kitchen in a pavilion and a library. You will find maps of the surroundings and guides, French and German literature, art and craft books, children's and youth books, and in addition to boules and other games. In the library one can read by relaxing comfortably on the sofa or playing cards at the table.
The land of 7000 m² extends on terraces up the hill. Tables and chairs and deck chairs are available for our guests, as well as a swimming pool.
Parking is available.
You can use free bikes. There is a bike path from Arles-sur-Tech by Amélie and Céret to Argelès-sur-Mer. For those who are more trained there are wonderful routes on the passes to Spain and the foothills of Canigou.
You have the choice to refuel yourself or to have you spoiled by us: you can order a breakfast every day and from time to time an evening meal.
We offer breakfast (price from 5 €) and evening meal at (price 20 €). You can decide it when you register or when you arrive on site.
Astrid Schmeda has been cooking for groups since 1992 in Spain / Catalonia and from 1997 in France. His friendship with Dalila Attlassy, who had shown him Moroccan cooking and the art of spicing, had an important influence. They organized cooking classes together in our first holiday center in Uzès.
You will taste a Mediterranean cuisine and varied. We use mostly organic products. You can wish to eat vegetarian. Report us, s. v. p., intolerances and allergies in advance. We also offer guided excursions and city walks for our guests with information about the history and culture of the region.
The house has central heating in the woods and can also be inhabited in spring and autumn.
La Clairière is directed by Astrid Schmeda (pedagogue and psychologist, psychotherapist and writer) and Gerd Stange (pedagogue, psychotherapist, publisher and translator). In 1997 we moved from Northern Germany to Southern France to found the Bastide holiday and seminary center of Font d'Izières in Uzes in the Gard. For 10 years we have welcomed holidaymakers and travel groups up to 45 people and we have organized holiday courses. In autumn 2006 we moved to the Luberon. We have managed a smaller guest house, La Bastide de la Source, offering courses on theater, literature, history and landscapes of Provence.
In 2016 we left Provence to live in the Pyrenees Orientales close to the Mediterranean and to host guests.
Since 2011 we run a German literary publishing house: Contra-Bass Edition, where we publish guides from Southern France, stories and novels, translations of French books and essays on political, historical and psychological themes .
Amélie-les-Bains (3700 inhabitants) can be easily reached on foot or by bike by taking a path 400 meters through a forest. The center with bakeries, grocery stores, an organic grocery store, pharmacies, restaurants and cafes is located between the Tech River and its tributary Mondony. Amélie belongs to Vallespir, a former county. It is a spa with several hotels, some of which still have the charm of the 19th century. The baths have their origins in the occupation of the Romans, around which the village was constituted that was called "els Banys", Baths.
On the hill above the village stands the castle which was built under the supervision of Vauban, the star-architect of Louis XIV.
In 1835, General de Castellane wanted to install healing baths for wounded soldiers. He gave the city the name of Queen Amelia, wife of King Louis Philippe. In 1855 the military thermal hospital was finished, yet Amelie and her husband were already driven out by the revolution of 1848.
The two hot spas, fed by 11 hot springs, are now available to everyone for mini-cures of 1 to 12 days, or for longer cures, prescribed by a doctor.
A bus stop is at the entrance to the village. From here you can take the "1 Euro" bus to Ceret and up to the sea or towards Perpignan.
The medieval village Palalda, perched on the hillside opposite, belongs to the municipality of Amélie, but it shows a totally different character. The narrow streets, steep and sunny, the multicolored houses on which climb bougainvillées give a Mediterranean atmosphere.
The nearest town, Céret, is 7 km away and can be reached by bike path.
The Romans have only few left, but they built a first bridge that was destroyed in 522 by a deluge. The counties Vallespir and Roussillon were governed by the Spanish kings from the 13th to the 17th century. The oldest bridge (the "devil's bridge") was built in 1321 by the King of Majorca, today it is only used by pedestrians. From that time also date the ramparts of which only the two gates are preserved: the Porte d'Espagne which looks towards Spain, and the Porte de France which goes towards France. Behind the ramparts, the medieval city with its curved alleys is intact and has preserved its charm.
Everywhere in Céret, one crosses panels with the paintings of the painters who discovered Céret at the beginning of the 20th century. Pierre Brune, Chaim Soutine, Maurice Lautreuil, Pablo Picasso and others have lived and worked here and have influenced the history of the city. Pierre Brune provoked the construction of the great Museum of Modern Art in the center in 1950.
In Céret, we still hear the old Catalan speaking.
When we go from Amélie upstream to the southwest, we arrive at Arles-sur-Tech with its Abbey of the 8th and 9th and its Gothic cloister of the 13th century.
Still further upstream to the Spanish border is Prats-de-Mollo at a height of 745 m. It is a place where time has stopped. You go up and down the narrow lanes on an uneven pavement. The first church was built in 982. The indispensable fortress of Vauban of the 17th century was not only built against the Spaniards, but also to control the revolted population. In February 1939, 100,000 Spanish refugees arrived here who had fled from Franco at the end of the war.
Perpignan (35 km) was the main town of Roussillon county from the 10th century and became from 1276 to 1344, during the reign of the Kings of Majorca, the main city of the Kingdom. The Palace of the Kings of Majorca is intact and can be visited. The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist is also native of this time.
Perpignan is a university town with 125,000 inhabitants and has an old center with many historic buildings.
Elne (30 km) was once much more important than Perpignan. Situated on a hill in the heart of Perpignan, it was already in the Bronze Age a suitable place for an oppidum. During the Middle Ages the town was governed by the Abbey. Today its medieval past is still visible in the historic center on the hill with its three preserved portals as well as with the Roman church and the Roman-Gothic cloister.
The Côte Vermeille, south of Argelès-sur-Mer, has a specificity thanks to its bays of rocks, its clear and clean water, its ribs of green vines melting down to the sea, only interrupted by sheds in stone, and finally its fishing villages which still deserve this name.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the painters of the Fauves discovered this coast because of its colors, and especially Collioure.
Collioure (36 km) was marked by the border disputes between the Spanish and French kings. On the surrounding hills, the place is protected by five forts. The Castle-Fort in the middle of the city dates back to the Castrum of the time of the Visigoths and is still used today militarily.
Collioure has kept its small colorful houses and narrow streets, even though they now house more and more shops. The tradition of anchovy fishing has disappeared almost completely. But we still see a few small fishing boats in the harbor and we receive a salad with marinated anchovies which here has a specially good taste.
In Port-Vendres large fishing boats anchored and unloaded their cargo from North Africa. The small town, stretching along the harbor with its many fish restaurants, is steeped in the activities of the port.
Banyuls-sur-Mer (45 km) is impregnated by its border situation between Spain and France. During the reign of the Kings of Majorca, the Templars arrived, drained the marshes and developed an irrigation system that is still used today. They are channels resembling ranunculus, which prevent strong rains during heavy rains from being carried away by water.
Banyuls is not touched by the great tourist flows, a small town by the sea with port and beach, where old people are chatting together in Catalan.
By Le Boulou (17 km) you reach the highway and crossing the border you arrive in Spain. Until Figueres (Dali Museum) it is 49 km, up to Girona 87 km and up to Cadaqués to the Mediterranean Sea 83 km.Get the full listing »