Tourism Rivesaltes

Our earliest ancestors are Ligurians sixth century before Christ, which had its capital HELICE (Narbonne), and (Elne) Pyrene The Ligurian, residing on the current site of the Rivesaltes is called "Sordons" (village Sordinia) currently Opoul. They were driven by Iberians fourth century BC From Libya and Egypt, Rivesaltes bears the name of Ripis Altis and its people as Bébryces. The Romans had fortified a move to ford to protect an alternative route when the swamps of the Salanque rendered impassable the Via Domitia, at the time the "Ripas Altas' became a necessary route to cross the Roussillon. The Chapel of St. Andrew retains the testimony of the Iberians, Romans and Visigoth under a slab of glass. However, the first written historical Rivesaltes date from the year 923 when the Sieur LANDRIC donated his property, vineyards, homes and mills Abbey LAGRASSE in the Aude. It should be remembered that before the signing of the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659, Lagrasse is in France and Rivesaltes in Catalonia, which will not prevent the abbot of Lagrasse to be the lord of Rivesaltes until the Revolution French, or for 860 years, which is of exceptional longevity. The first church was built in the tenth century, which currently can be seen both lateral foundation walls through the pane of glass. A second church came to be superimposed on the first, it consists of a single nave, apse of a main and a side chapel added to the XIV. However, the formal act by which came Rivesaltes dated October 23, 1172, signed by Alfonso II Count of Barcelona and King of Aragon, which authorizes the abbot of Lagrasse and residents of Rivesaltes to build a fortified enclosure. At that time, the population of Rivesaltes is concentrated around two churches Saint and Saint MARIE ANDRE, the distance between the two religious buildings is too important to be included in the same enclosure. Church of St. Mary, located more in height will take preference and the chapel of St. Andrew will be neglected. But thereafter to seal their unity, it shall prominence of his family to St. Andrew to become the only parish of Rivesaltes, the one we know today. In 1463, the armies of Louis XI, came to occupy the Roussillon, pass Rivesaltes; 23000 Men, led by the count of Foix just submit the inhabitants of this city. In 1639 the French army enters Roussillon again by Rivesaltes. The Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659 will finalize the annexation Roussillon in France.

Tour to explore the Pyrénées-Orientales

  • Thème : Sites and museums
  • Départ : Tautavel
  • Durée : 6 jours

For 6 days, you will discover the Pyrénées-Orientales. Bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, this department of Languedoc-Roussillon has a rich French-Spanish culture.

Day 1 : Museum of Prehistory Day 2 : Perpignan Day 3 :  Collioure Day 4 : Aristide Maillol


  • Thème : Sciences and discovery
  • Départ : Perpignan
  • Durée : 5 jours

Perpignan is a commune located in the Pyrénées-Orientales in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon.

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  • Thème : Sciences and discovery
  • Départ : Canet-en-roussillon
  • Durée : 4 jours

Canet-en-Roussillon is a commune located in the Pyrénées-Orientales department and the region of Languedoc-Roussillon.

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  • Thème : Sciences and discovery
  • Départ : Fitou
  • Durée : 2 jours

Fitou is a commune located in the department of Aude in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon.

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