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In the plain between the high ridge of Peyrepertuse and the Grau du Maury dominated by the mighty Quéribus fortress is nested a small village featured in a short novel by Alphonse Daudet : ?Le curé de Cucugnan? (The priest of Cucugnan); and when I caught sight of the windmill (picture 1), I was puzzled for a short while, thinking of ?Les Lettres de mon Moulin?, a famous novel compendium by Alphonse Daudet: he lived and wrote his novels in a windmill, but located in Fontvieille, near Arles, in Provence, 250 km from here!
Well, Daudet wrote about a priest in this village, and nothing more, but that confused me.
Taking advantage of its literary celebrity, its scenic setting in the foothills, its location not far from sea and mountains, near famous historical spots, this little village has become a tourist destination and embellished itself to welcome its visitors.
On a small promontory, this village looks like many villages in Languedoc, with a church tower and its typical campanile (picture 2), but there is a windmill, which makes a bit its personality.
When you walk in the village in the warm time of noon, everything is quiet, and it is a pleasure to pleasure to have a flavour of the Mediterranean atmosphere in this village located near the mountains, Barbary fig cactuses grow here and there (picture 3), adding to the scenery with this windmill. The houses in the streets are of course built with raw stones, nicely renovated (picture 4), catching the warm light, and the very sober house decoration adds to the charm of this village (picture 5) you discover while walking to the church where an exceptional, extremely rare, (I would say: ?world class?) statue is awaiting your amazement. (Next tip).
A bit of information and other things to do on the village website.
25 km East of Perpignan, on Road RD 117 (Direction, Quillan, Foix), turn right at the small village of Maury, drive up the Grau de Maury (Maury Pass), where you see Quéribus castle, then down, 2 km, it is the first village.
There are many ways to reach Cucugnan, and best is to travel with a good Michelin map: 1/200.000, Languedoc-Roussillon, N° 506 you get in most news stores, petrol stations or book stores.
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