This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via. To help you make friends with Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Font-Romeu-Odeille-Via, more commonly known as Font Romeu, is in the Pyrenees-Orientales in the south of France. This is in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, close to the Spanish border, a beautiful part of France that keeps the traditions of the locals alive. It is a mountainous region, with sweeping landscapes and an abundance of greenery. Font Romeu is the the oldest ski resort in the Pyrenees, and as such one of the oldest in France.
As a ski resort you will find that Font Romeu looks every bit the typical winter destination. Chalets and evergreen trees dusted with snow add to the ambience of the town, and this hasn’t changed much since the town began. There is much to see from the mountains and the small quaint little villages such as Prades and Mosset, to the lakes and rivers that flow through the region.
You can of course ski, but hiking and other sports and activities are very popular in Font Romeu, and even if they are not your thing, the town is full of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants to keep you endlessly entertained. Accommodation in town can be reasonably priced, especially if you are to choose a hostel. Hostels in Font Romeu are around the same price as other reasonable hostels throughout Europe, and are all clean, secure, and communal, everyone pitching in to make sure every guest is comfortable. However, if you did choose a hostel, it might be better to travel with a group of friends, as this way you can enjoy sharing a room with people you know, after a long day skiing or walking around the town.
Font Romeu is romantically set, and with its history as the oldest ski resort in the Pyrenees, and its gorgeous mountain views, you are sure to have a luxurious and adventurous experience. For something different, try heading to one of the local markets in town or in one of the nearby villages, and find true French culture bartering for delicious local food and drink.
Written by local enthusiast for Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via hostelsJakob Lombardi