PROMES laboratory Odeillo is located at the Four Solaire d’Odeillo, in the commune of Font-Romeu, famous for its exceptional sunshine (Font-Romeu is reputed to be the sunniest resort in France). Font-Romeu is the lighthouse of the Cerdagne, this vast plateau (Regional Natural Park since 2004) that it dominates. Just a stone’s throw from Barcelona, Toulouse, Perpignan, and Andorra, it is known by the world’s greatest sportsmen and women because it has been a famous training center for the physical preparation of sportsmen and women since the Olympic Games of Mexico 1968. It is also a university site through the STAPS of the University of Perpignan, and a village that offers many facilities.
In winter, alpine and cross-country skiing are practiced in Font-Romeu and in the ten or so resorts located less than an hour away. In summer, Font-Romeu, surrounded by wonderful landscapes, lends itself perfectly to hiking or outdoor activities: climbing, trout fishing, mountain biking, canyoning….
PROMES laboratory Perpignan is located in a building in the Tecnosud area, 2 km from the University and 4 km from the city center. Perpignan is a city of 115,000 inhabitants located in the Roussillon plain between the Mediterranean (12kms) and the Pyrenees (45kms). Montpellier, Toulouse or Barcelona are less than 2 hours away by freeway. The richness of the architectural heritage will seduce history lovers: from the prehistoric museum of Tautavel to the modest church, passing by the cloisters, abbeys and priories, the medieval villages, towers, fortresses or palaces. Many artists have celebrated the region: the sculptor Aristide Maillol, the painters Matisse, Derain, Dali, Picasso, the musician Pau Casals. In terms of leisure activities, there is something for everyone: activities related to the sea, activities related to the mountains, golf courses, but also relaxation in the thermal spas and thalassotherapy centers, discovery of nature (11 nature reserves),…
The department of Pyrénées-Orientales or North Catalonia is in Catalan country. The “sardana”, a Catalan dance that is danced hand in hand, is a symbol of peace and friendship.