IF THE ANGLES I Were Told ...
It is from the place of Golden Rooster learns that visit the old village of Angles. If stones could talk, they would deliver you a myriad of secrets and could tell you the fabulous adventure of a small village built on the slopes of Mount Llaret on Capcir Plateau.
OFFICE DU TOURISME LES ANGLES
Come and discover the cave at Fontrabiouse for a fabulous journey to the centre of the Earth, at the heart of the Capcir in the Pyrénées-Orientales.
The circuit is entirely safe and enables visitors to discover the columns, aragonites, peculiar jellyfish-shaped formations, and remarkable draperies.
An unforgettable visit.
Open all year round.
The Chapel at Villeneuve
The chapel at Villeneuve de Formiguères (Nostra Senyora de Vila Nova) was built in 1735, and was a place of aplec (pilgrimage) where goigs (songs in honour of the Virgin Mary) were sung. According to legend it was built when a bull discovered a statue of the Madonna. A cold, clear spring rises near the chapel that is said to have therapeutic qualities for eye diseases. The chapel at Villeneuve is regarded as the Capcir hermitage, and in the past the local inhabitants often used to go there on processions.
Most people do not seem to pay much attention to the fountains they see, of which there are ten or so in each village. They were used for two main functions – providing water for the inhabitants and drinking water for the animals. The fountain troughs were hewn out of granite.
The ice had to be broken in the lower basin when it froze hard in winter.
And they also had a more romantic use, as they were where lovers used to meet.
The heritage of the Capcir has been influenced by Romanesque, Baroque, and military architecture and counts numerous buildings which are rich in history, and places that all visitors ought to go and visit.
There are many churches of architectural interest in the Capcir and the Haut Conflent, with high-quality religious artefacts. Most of these churches are nearly 1000 years old and date from when the Romanesque period was fully under way. It is true that several have been transformed by the addition of chapels for example, but the Romanesque art still shines through for all those who appreciate and admire it.