Eus (fr. Eus) is the commune of the Eastern Pyrenees (France), included in the list of the most beautiful French villages. It is located between the Conflent valley and the Canigo Mountain in the center of the Pyrénées-Orientales department, in the Occitania region.

The village’s distinctive feature is that it is the sunniest village in France. It holds the record for having the most sunny days per year due to its location on the Tet Valley’s southern side.

The village served as a defensive object for the French army in the 16th century, and it defended the French from Spanish troops in the 18th century.

The Saint Vincent church stands above the village, from which narrow streets, paved with pebbles, roll down. Flowers and evergreens lavishly decorate the village’s streets. All the houses are well maintained and renovated.

One of the village’s legends is about building a church on the old castle ruins.

It is said that in the past, rich people offered money to the poor villagers and the poor agreed and went to work. Women lifted huge heavy stones (the stones could weigh up to 150 kg), and men laid out walls using these stones. Children lifted heavy baskets with soil.

However, they paid money to men only. Women and children received payments of vegetables and fruit and, more often than not, they weren’t fresh either. The women sorted the vegetables and fruit at home, used those that were already beginning to deteriorate, and the whole ones were sold at the market in Prades, the nearest major city. They bought new clothes or threads with the money they earned to repair old clothes of their many family members; the family had often from 10 to 14 children.

The village is a touristic place at any time of the year. There is a breathtaking panoramic view of the flowering peach trees in spring or the snow-covered peaks of Canigo in winter from the height of the city.

Two important cultural events take place in the village in the summer: “Nits d’Eus” music festival and “Croisés d’Art“ art holiday.


You can see plenty of artisan shops in the village’s pedestrian streets today, where you can buy jewellery, household decorations and art.

Main information

Area: 20 sq. km

Population: 380

Coordinates: 42°38′40″N 2°27′29″E

Languages: French, Occitan, Catalan

Currency: euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central-European UTC +1

How to get to?

From Paris: 9 hr 17 min (901 km) via A71 and A75

From Toulouse: 3 hr 4 min (236 km) via A61

From Andorra: 2 hr 22 min (130 km) via Eix Pirinenc/N-260 and N116

From Barcelona: 3 hr 8 min (233 km) via AP-7

From Madrid: 8 hr 11 min (732 km) via A-2

From Monaco: 5 hr 58 min (548 km) via A8

From Moscow: 38 hr (3,460 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 19 hr 5 min (1,838 km) via E70

From Istanbul: 30 hr (2,787 km) via E70

From Bern: 8 hr 10 min (806 km) via A9

See here Pyrenees travel guide

See here France travel guide

See here Spain travel guide

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