Vieussan is only 3 hours 15 minutes by car from Barcelona – it’s the nearest really big city. OK, Montpellier is quite big and it’s cool, also Toulouse which is a bit nearer than BCN, but neither of them really match it for size, let alone exuberance. We’re spending quite a bit of time there this spring and early summer and on a preliminary foray this month we’ve already tasted the street life, which in January and February is almost exclusively local even in Las Ramblas, as the tourist season isn’t underway. Anyway we had a wonderful time, not least eating out … a wonderful, and pretty inexpensive, evening at the tapas bar Enopia, owned by the brother of the El Bulli superstar chef; and a great, Catalan-style lunch at the bar-restaurants Elisabets.
Note, September 2010: Tony and friends report that Enopia has now become Lolita, but is still very much worth a visit.