The 36 Communes
City of Opoul-Périllos
On the northern border of the department, the commune of Opoul-Périllos is nestled in the heart of an extremely rich and varied natural and historical environment. The remains of the Salvaterre fortress which dominates the village, the rosemary (celebrated annually), the almond trees and the vineyards surrounding the village bear witness to this. The surface area of the commune is 5,053 hectares and its altitude varies between 100 and 709 metres.
The fortress of Opoul is the link between the two villages of Opoul and Périllos, united since 1972. Depopulated village located on a fantastic arid site, Périllos is the object of rehabilitation works since 2006.
The municipality of Opoul-Périllos lies on a very rich limestone area, which means that it is home to 6 ZNIEFF (Natural Area of Ecological, Floristic and Faunistic Interest), including the "Plaine viticole et mare d'Opoul", located to the east of the village. This 240-hectare area of plain includes a vast temporary pond that is home to many remarkable species.
Number of inhabitants
The town of Opoul-Périllos has approximately 1,211 inhabitants. Its inhabitants are called Opoulencs.
From Opoul to Perillos
Because of its history, this fortress is the link between two villages, Opoul and Périllos, which have been united since 1972.
Perillos is a depopulated village. Located on a fantastic arid site, it has been undergoing rehabilitation since 2006. Opoul / Périllos has managed to combine urban and real estate development while preserving its village spirit. The attachment of the opoulencs with their village is strong that they are "new arrivals", because they had a love at first sight for the village, or for those which they always liked it because it is their ancestors who made the history of the village. For all Opoul / Périllos is a village where it is good to live.