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Highlights in Port-Vendres
- Côte Vermeille
- Fishermen's village
- Rosé wine
- Scuba diving
- Military history
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A charming little town on the Côte Vermeille, where the Pyrenees plunge into the Mediterranean and mark the border with Spain, Port-Vendres is ideal for setting up your suitcases in charming locations, far from the large overcrowded hotel projects. Everyone is then free to recharge their batteries on the terrace, in the sunny sea air, or to go for a walk in Banyuls, Collioure or even Céret in the North Catalan hinterland.The simplicity of holiday rentals
In the city centre or on the outskirts, in new or old, the houses delight the eye with their Mediterranean style combining the warm colour of orange tiles and light plasters, from yellow ochre to bright white. An excellent thermal insulator by the way: it is not for nothing that it is cool inside, such as the kitchen tiled with the same warm patterns, and that there is no need to air the rooms at night. If the temperature is definitely too high, the pool and beach are available.
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Location and orientation
Just 30 km south-east of Perpignan, Port-Vendres is located on the northern side of the Côte Vermeille. But rather than facing directly to the sea, this fishing village is sheltered at the bottom of a creek that cuts across the city between the historic part and an economic activity zone.From the serra to the sea
At the end of the city, it is a huge mountainous territory that extends south, dented between Mas d'En Rovira, Puig de las Dainas and Serra del Trepador. In various places, such as Puig del Verderol, orientation tables offer a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Lions. In case of dizziness, you can then go back down to the beaches of Bernardi, Paulilles and Forat, in the east. Although small, they are never crowded and the quality of sand and water is a priority for the municipality.
Travellers and activities
It is not in Port-Vendres that we are likely to be disturbed, except by the crickets rocking the sleepers under the trees. But after the nap, why not walk through the city's small streets, from the Obelisk to the Castellane and the wedding hall? His magnificent art nouveau frescoes are an ode to love and epicureanism. Indeed, the goddess Venus gave her name and character to the city.Port-Vendres for athletes
In addition to a good hike (it's climbing fast!), the most active will be able to go scuba diving and eventually explore the wrecks that lie at the bottom of the Gulf of Lions, including some from the Second World War, such as the Astrée, the Saint-Lucien and the Saumur, all sunk by British submarines.
At sea, be careful not to be surprised by the whales that have elected in this part of the Mediterranean.
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The south are good living, and local cuisine is a perfect example: around a plate of fish and seafood (mussels, octopus, tuna, anchovies, etc.), raw ham, hot salad and goat cheese or "pà amb tomato", the IGP Côte-Vermeille offers a thirst quenching range ranging from white to red.2. Admire the regattas
More than a fishing port, it is also a marina where modern sailboats and old rigging (we could see the Hermione) are gathered, after having passed the fire of the pier and the Redoubt of the Fanal, built in the 18th century to protect this strategic place for the navy.3. Visit the forts of the Moorsque and Béar and the Museum of Maritime Archaeology
History has its rightful place in this modest little town: Phoenician trading post, Greek presence, trade with Rome (coins and amphora cargoes were found there), port of embarkation of French troops for the American War of Independence, reception of Spanish refugees in 1939..4. Take an interest in local art
Art is not to be outdone: on the film side, several fictions have been shot in the region, including the Tramontane series in 1999 on TF1. If you prefer the visual arts, you should go to the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Interpretation Centre, one of the Four at the Glasgow School.5. Participate in the Catalan festival
If, like all Roussillon, Port-Vendres was attached to France under Louis XIV, its inhabitants remain Catalan at the bottom of their hearts and show it with pride at the end of July, dancing and parading in bright colours to the sound of traditional music.