One of the gems of the Pyrénées, this medieval abbey's sturdy, crenellated bell tower is visible from afar. The remains of its cloisters are divine in every sense of the word—if they seem familiar, it may be because you’ve seen the missing pieces in New York City's Cloisters Museum. A hauntingly simple, six-voice Gregorian vespers service held (somewhat sporadically) at 7 pm in the monastery is medieval in tone and texture; next door, the 10th-century pre-Romanesque
church (France’s largest) has superb acoustics that make it an unforgettable concert venue.
Festival Pablo Casals. World-renowned Catalan cellist Pablo Casals, who took refuge in Prades during the Spanish Civil War, gave his name to the international music festival that’s held here each year from late July to mid-August. 66500. 04–68–96–33–07. www.prades-festival-casals.com.
3 km (2 miles) south of Prades and Codalet on D27, Prades, 66500, France