French side: The Côte Vermeille, unique mosaic of landscape and colours
The Côte Vermeille: South from ARGELÈS-SUR-MER at the border with Spain, through Collioure, Port-Vendres, Banyuls-sur-Mer and Cerbère.
Landscape filled with rocky coves, charming fishing ports and hills covered with vineyards.
To see, to do…
LES DÉFERLANTES D'ARGELÈS-SUR-MER, Les Déferlantes d'Argelès-sur-Mer in July is a modern music festival that offers three days of concerts in the exceptional natural environment of the Parc de Valmy. If you like music and nature, then don’t miss this legendary beginning of July! Relax and unwind with your friends or family in this magical place...
Between secluded coves, pebble beaches and ancient stones COLLIOURE has taken shape through a clever combination of earth and sea. Just walking through its typical narrow streets with their colourful houses and lush vegetation will immerse you in an unspoilt, picturesque atmosphere.
You could visit the Royal Castle (le Château Royal), Fort Saint Elme or the church tower. Try local specialties – anchovies, sardines, and rousquilles (catalan biscuits)
Every summer, the village awakens with Catalan folklore and evening festivities: Don’t miss the fireworks and the festivities of Saint Vincent.
MARINE RESERVE OF CERBERE-BANYULS is the first French marine reserve. Because of its exceptional environment and diverse fauna and flora, it provides divers with a unique spectacle. This underwater paradise between Banyuls-sur-Mer and Cerbère is a must on the Mediterranean coast, so don’t forget your mask and snorkel!
PAULILLES BAY: Between Pyrénées and Méditerranée, Paulilles Bay is a real treasure of the Côte Vermeille. It consists of three beautiful sandy beaches, at the foot of Alberes massive of the Pyrénées-Orientales. A green gem in the heart of a landscape composed of the terraced vineyards of Banyuls-Collioure, oak forests and a rocky cape. This peaceful place invites you to relax, unwind and take a walk between the sea, green vineyards and flower-filled meadows. A perfect spot to spend a day on the beach and have a picnic with family or friends!
BANYULS SUR MER: In the heart of the Côte Vermeille, Banyuls has preserved the authentic character of a town attached to its tradition combined with the dynamism of a modern town. Wine lovers, Banyuls is an ideal destination for your gourmet adventures. A vineyard tour with wine tasting cannot be missed.