Pyrénées-Orientales

One of the sunniest climate in France

With an average of 2,400 hrs or in other words more than 200 days of sunshine per year Pyrenees Orientalescome in 3rd position for sunshine just behind Corsica and Provence. It is also the driest region in France with an average of 58 rainy days ahead of Côte d’Azur (67 days) and Corsica (65 days). Brittany beats the records with an average of 122 rainy days a year!
Winter climate is mild on the coast but more extreme as the altitude rises in the Pyrenees.
The average day temperature recorded in Perpignan are the following: (2009 - Météofrance)

  • Summer: 27,4°
  • Automn: 16,4°
  • Winter: 13,8°
  • Spring: 21,4°

Pyrénées Orientales can be very windy. The "Tramontane", Languedoc's equivalent to Provence's famous "Mistral", can blow for days on end. This is the counterpart for having one of the sunniest place in France.

 

Easy access from the UK & Ireland

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  • Airports: 6 international airports are located within a 3 hrs driving distance: Perpignan, Carcassonne, Béziers, Montpellier, Nîmes, and Girona (Spain) airports with direct flights to/from the UK and Ireland on Ryanair, BmiBaby, Easyjet and Flybe.
  • Motorways: A62 from Bordeaux to Toulouse becomes A61 in Carcassone and at the junction in Narbonne becomes A9 and leads all the way down to the Spanish border along the coastline.
  • Railway: TGV serves Perpignan station with direct TGV train to and from Paris-Gare de Lyon in 4h50.

A huge building project of a fast junction from Perpignan to Barcelona called LGV (Liaison à Grande Vitesse) is currently in progress and should be ready in 2013.