The Mediterranean caressed by a sunlit sky, an enormous fine sandy beach that extends to our beautiful Côte Rocheuse.
Blue flag sign for quality of clean beaches,handiplage beach (beach is made accessible to handicapped persons), kids stations, are as many European quality labels as the community of Argelès-sur-Mer has had since its inception..
The coastal path highlights the historic and natural heritage. The part form Le Racou to the beach of l’Ouille passes by the schist cliffs running through pebbly shingle beaches called de Portells -stairs carved into the rocks facilitating the discovery-before arriving on the beach of l’Ouille. Beyond Argelès-sur-mer, the coastal path continues passing Collioure and Port-Vendres
Le Racou is classifed world heritage site by the community and the conservatory of the French Coastal Protection Agency to protect the scenic character of this area
Tour de la Massane is classified as world nature reserve (794m). In a few hours you cross the Mediterranean shrubland ‘le maquis’ filled with the scent of flowers laden with humus of the undergrowth.
The camping Clos du thym next to Perpignan (66) is the ideal departure point to discover our super Catalan region !!
Our Catalan country vast plain bordered by the Pyrenees in the south and in the East by the Mediterranean and dominated by our majestic Canigou offers an exceptional variety of landscapes : fine sandy beaches, many shingle beaches, vineyards, orchards, mountains, numerous typical villages (Collioure, Céret, Villefranche…) with their rich history of architecture.
We recommend you start your stay by visiting our coast by stopping at Collioure, a famous fishermen’s village renowned for its anchovies and its painters (Picasso, Derain, Georges Braque, Othon Friesz, Matisse…),
Banyuls-sur-mer and its marine nature reserve without forgetting the wines of the Roussillon to consume in moderation…
Le Lac des Bouillouses and its surroundings is a world nature heritage site since 24 June 1976.The site is accessible by shuttle service, chairlifts, marked hiking trails.
Tautavel is a recognized around the world for having in its territory La Caune de l’Arago, a prehistoric cave having accommodated the oldest known European, 450 000 years ago, nearby you can visit the gorges of Galamus
Céret : visit the Museum of Modern Art of Céret, the galleries and painters, Catalan culture, music and bullfighting, it’s the capital of the cherry
Villefranche de conflent situated on the little one of the peak of the canigou Villefranche is listed as one of the most « Beautiful Villages of France », listed world heritage monument by UNESCO, one of the 14 tourist sites of the works of Vauban.
Our Catalan land is characterized by its nature sites with exceptional views, it’s an authentic land.
You feel like discovering our department do not hesitate to ask for our top 10 most beautiful tourist sites to visit or to see in the Pyrénées orientales
Situated in the peninsula of Cap de Creus, Cadaqués is the most reputed communities of la Costa Brava of the region of Gerona. Its rocky coast fringed by beautiful beaches and shingle beaches, is one of its main attractions not to mention the splendid landscape of the nature Parc of Cap de Creus, you can visit the house museum of the painter Salvador Dali.
“Figueras with the theater museum of Salvador Dali and its traditional market every Thursday “
“You can also discover Rosas and Canyelles Petites “
The volcanic area of la Garrotxa. In the north the territory is bordered by the Catalan Pyrenees. The province holds the three most representative museums of the paintings of the surrealist painter Salvador Dali : the house musem of Porttligat, the castle of Pubol and the Dali theater museum of Figueras.
The historic centre of its capital Gerona is equally worth mentioning, in the field of gourmet cuisine, we can highlight the products of the garden of the region of L’Emporda and the products of the sea such as the shrimps of Palamos. A few of its restaurants are renowned internationally ‘El Celler de Can Roca » restaurant ‘El bulli » voted best restaurant in the world.
For those of us who enjoy travelling, it’s Barcelona, the Spanish Catalan capital that we recommend you visit namely the Sagrada Familia, the parc guell, the gothic neighborhood, the new camp, the ramblas… not to mention Andorra, the « capital » of duty-free shopping…
Interested in the history and culture of our department, lovers of wine, farm produce, gourmet cuisine, be you connoisseur or amateur, our cuisine will certainly please you!!
Catalan cuisine is often associated with the land and sea as the traditional « poulet aux gambas », (chicken with gambas) we often talk about our cuisine as « mar i munt » which translates Sea and Mountain
To the tradidtional preparations such as la Cargolada » are added « Boles de Picoulat », or « L’Ollada » and high quality gastronomical Catalan charcuterie products. »Botifarres » little black and white sausages to be eaten raw or grilled, fat sausage « Bisbe » and «Dios » with its delicate flesh, dried sausages, « fuets » fine fresh dried sausages, indispensable for barbecues.
“Catalan pastries and sweets just a few delightful pleasures … “
Pa d’ous, brac de gitano,mel i mato, bunyetes, pastissets, crema catalana, rousquilles... Here are the names full of poetry given to the traditional Catalan desserts.
You will no doubt taste them before being able to pronounce them correctly, but the right accent will come after a few tastings !
Vineyards and wines of the Rousillon
The terroir is a delicate balance between soil, its nature, its position, the climate, an environment and the work of man. It gives the wine a unique specificity that cannot be made elsewhere
AOC(Controlled Origin Certification) dry wines : Côtes du Roussillon, Côte du Roussillon Les Aspres, Côtes du Roussillon Villages, Côtes du Roussillon Villages Caramany, Côte du Roussillon Villages Tautavel and Collioure and many others…
Natural sweet wines : Rivesaltes, Muscat de Rivesaltes, Banyuls and Banyuls Grand Cru, Maury.