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Argelès-sur-Mer

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Argeles sur Mer is on the Côte Vermeille in Pyrénées-Orientales in the region Languedoc-Roussillon.

Understand[edit]

The town consists of two main parts, the old town, about 2km inland and Argeles Plage, the holiday resort by the beach

Get in[edit]

Trains from Perpignan or Cerbere, or Motorways D618 from Le Boulou, D914 from Perpignan. There is a bus service from Perpignan also. Fly to Perpignan or Girona, about 85km away in Spain.


Get around[edit]

The town has a white bus service, linking the beach sections, campsites and old town.

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The beaches, about 300m deep sandy beaches stretching for 5kms north of the mouth of the river Marsanne. They shelve, and get deep quickly, but have plenty of lifeguards in season.

Markets in the old town on Sat and Wednesday morning

Parade to celebrate the Catalan traditions of the rergion in early September, with pageants and a parade of giants, acrobat climbing several levels high.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Les Aigles de Valmy - a show with various raptors, from tiny hawks to vultures with a 2.5m wingspan
  • At the north end of town, a complex with bowling, crazy golf and karting


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Eat[edit][add listing]

A Catalan flavour can be found in the town, with red/yellow peppers featuring and chorizo saussages.

Anchovies (originally from Collioure, now from Port Vendres) are common too, both fresh and salted.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Locally produced wine, from one of two co-operatives, or locally produced craft beer.

There are bars on Route National and on Avenue de la Liberation in the old town, while there are plenty on the strip by the beach and around the harbour in the port.

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There are any number of camping sites around the town, and apartmets to rent.

The peak season is from Mid July to the end of August. Things wind down fairly rapidly in Sept, and the season finishes in mid September.

The season winds up more slowly, from the start of May onwards.

Contact[edit]

Get out[edit]

Head South along the Cote Vermeille to Collioure and beyond to Port Vendres, Banyuls sur Mer and Cerbere The road winds along the coastal roads, passing vinyards as part of the Collioure/Banyuls appellation and past a marine reserve south of Port Vendres. Keep going to the border to Spain.

Head inland to Sorede to the Vallee des Tortues (Valley of tortoises, a zoo of turtles and tortoises





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