Laroque des Alberes is a traditional Catalan village 10km from the sea at the foot of the Alberes hills. The historic centre of the village is mediaeval and contains an old fort or castle dating from the end of the 11th century at the top of a small hill, and a church, surrounded by narrow winding streets lined with village houses, some of which date from the second half of the 12th century. There are also all the usual local shops, bakers, butcher, newsagent, chemist, small supermarket, hairdresser, post office, etc etc. There are several friendly and welcoming restaurants, cafes and bars, in Laroque, amongst them the Cafe des Artistes which provides a relaxed family atmosphere and where you can watch the world go by from its large terrace, the sophisticated Cote Saisons or Les Enfants Terribles, the Creperie St. Felix, le Bar Catalan, LiLi or Cave Carigan for tapas and two pizzerias. Laroque has its own helpful tourist office. (We are registered with the Tourist Office, and you can find LaroqueHolidayVilla on their website by choosing Sejourner, then Location saisonnieres from the search options to get to the list on the page tourist office website, and then clicking through to the listing for LaroqueHolidayVilla there.). Our villa is on the edge of the modern part of the village and it is just a picturesque short walk, past gardens and allotments, into the centre of the village. Laroque is surrounded by walking, hiking and mountain biking trails in the Alberes hills, and guided tours are often organised from the tourist office, or alternatively just pick up a map and set off from our doorstep.