Argelès-sur-Mer South of France
Argelès-sur-Mer is located in the coast sector of the Côte Vermeille at the foot of the Albères mountain range, just a short drive away from the Spanish border. Argelès-sur-Mer is the longest beach of Pyrenées Orientales.
Argelès-sur-Mer has seven kilometres of wide sandy beach, safe and supervised bathing and numerous little rocky creeks for scuba diving. The Tramontage and Marin winds makes windsurfing and surfing more challenging than in some resorts and all manner of water sports are available here. Argelès has recently earned the title of ‘Handiplage’ due to its many facilities for the disabled. The town is undertaking a special programme to make the resort more accessible to disabled visitors.
A wide sandy beach with plenty of room for family fun and games, including a ‘learn to swim in 4 hours pool’ with expert tuition. Pedaloes and sail boards can be hired and there is a sea front promenade with bars and shops.
Le Racou Plage At the southern end of Argeles. A quaint beach with sea front cottages, idyllic with the Pyrenees dropping into the sea to create coves, very popular for snorkelling and board sailing. The beaches around Argeles have been awarded the coveted EEC Blue Flag emblem for the cleanest beaches and seaside areas.
Collioure Fishing village
Collioure is one of the most beautiful villages in France and sits on the stunning southern coast where the Pyrenees meets the Mediterranean Sea near the Spanish border in Catalan territory. A lovely old fishing village beloved by Picasso, with quaint cobbled streets and famous for its historic buildings. 17th century Chateau and beach front restaurant. Read more about Colllioure at Visit France This way.
ST MARTIN-DU-CANIGOU A beautiful 11th century abbey set in spectacular scenery near the town of Vemet-Les-Bains, approx. 50 km from Argeles. The Saint Martin du Canigou abbey celebrated 1000 years of existence in 2009. Founded at the beginning of the 11th century by a great Catalan family. Read more at the official website.
For a memorable day out, visit Carcassonne, a medieval walled city with origins dating back to the 2nd century BC. Just a two hour drive away and one of the most incredible sights in France, walking around the huge walls, turreted towers and tiny crowded streets makes you feel you’ve stepped back in time 600 years!
High in the Pyrenees, approx 4 hr drive though beautiful mountain scenery. An independent state with duty free shops.
A beautiful city and capital of the region, one time centre of the ancient kingdom of Majorca, visit the Royal Palace and stroll through the town with its contrasts of old and new. Admire the flower banked canal which flows through the centre. Visit the official website here.
Gorges De Laval
Excellent walking country around this gorge in the Pyrenean foothills, why not take a swim in one of the rock pools around Sorede.
Firmly established as the premier resort in the province of Laguedoc-Roussillon. This is not surprising as the area has the highest recorded hours of sunshine in the South of France. With miles of golden beaches and the warm blue waters of the Mediterranean, plus the rocky gorges and rushing streams of the majestic Pyrenees, there is something for everyone to enjoy. You can wander round the old village which has changed little in the last century and in the evening, stroll along the wide flower filled promenade, browse the shops or just sit and have a drink and watch the world go by. There are also discos night clubs and numerous restaurants.
The Spanish border is only 20 km away from Argeles, and drive along the coast to Port Bou plus a visit to Rosas is not to be missed!