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Font-Romeu

Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via, or Odeillo, is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales and Cerdagne near the Spanish border in the south of France.It also is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and the oldest in the Pyrenees.GeographyLocalizationFont-Romeu-Odeillo-Via is located in the canton of Les Pyrénées catalanes and in the arrondissement of Prades.TransportationFont-Romeu-Odeillo-Via is served by the Yellow train line, a railway which runs from Villefranche-de-Conflent through to Mont-Louis.ToponymyThe names of Odeillo and Via appear in 839 as parrochia Hodellone et parrochia Avizano.The name of Font-Romeu means in Catalan : fountain of the pilgrim.HistoryOdeillo and Via are both mentioned for the first time in 839 among the places paying a fee to La Seu d'Urgell church. Nevertheless, Odeillo was at the time part of the County of Cerdanya, while Via was a property of the Urg family.On July 15th of 1035, Wifred II, Count of Cerdanya gives Odeillo to the Abbey of Saint-Martin-du-Canigou, where he retires himself a short time before his death. The Abbey of Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa also owned a few allods in Odeillo, as recognized by a papal bull from Sergius IV in 1011.
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