Argeles-sur-MerFrance

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Argelès-sur-Mer offers a fantastic combination of town, port, sea and mountains on the French Catalan coast, in the heart of Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées.

The largest seaside resort on the French Catalan coast, situated 12 miles to the south of Perpignan and close to the Spanish border, Argelès-sur-Mer offers all the joys of life under the sun including leisurely visits to the beaches.

This historically Catalan town, subsequently part of Aragon, finally became French in 1659. The toughest period of its history was undoubtedly the time of the Argelès-sur-Mer concentration camp which was built in 1939, where the French authorities imprisoned tens of thousands of Spanish republicans engaged in the civil war against Franco. These days, the town makes most of its living from tourism and is an excellent stopping-off point on the sunny road to Spain (whose border lies just 18 miles away).

Argelès-sur-Mer is a typical small Catalan town with old ramparts, narrow streets, the 14th-century Notre-Dame del Prat Church and a traditional market where you can hear the melodic accent of the locals in full swing. It hosts a great many festivities throughout the year: exhibitions, craft markets, traditional celebrations, festivals, etc. Head to one of the marina's many restaurants to try some of the specialities of French Catalan cuisine. The long sandy beach that stretches for more than 4 miles along Argelès-sur-Mer's coast is made even more stunning by the Albera Massif (1,157 metres altitude) overlooking it. The seafront also has a pine wood and a 2-mile promenade. Head south in the direction of Collioure to discover the unspoilt natural beauty of Racou. And during your days at the beach, be sure to make time to explore the rocky coves of Ouille and Portells.

There are plenty of activities to enjoy in and around Argelès-sur-Mer: mountain biking, hikes in the mountains, coastal walks, cultural visits and food and wine tasting. Not to mention the opportunity for a quick trip to Spain, which is just around the corner!

Close to the rocky promontory of Cape Béar, with its historic lighthouse, it is easy to enjoy an unforgettable trip to Argelès-sur-Mer, with its beautiful setting of vineyards, the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees! Hiring a car is a great way to explore the town and surrounding area at your own pace. Whatever you do, enjoy your stay!

Top hotels in Argeles-sur-Mer

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hôtel Acajou
Hôtel Acajou
1 out of 5
£25
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Situated in Argeles-sur-Mer, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Argeles Beach, Les Aigles de Valmy and Parc Venitien. South Beach and Plage de la Marenda ...

4.1/5Very Good! (332 reviews)
Acajou hotel

"Everything was as expected and i was happy with the visit considering the price. Would use it again"…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct 2019

Hôtel Acajou
Camping la Pinède Enchantée
Camping la Pinède Enchantée
3 out of 5

Situated in a rural location, this campsite is within 9 mi (15 km) of Argeles Beach, Collioure Beach and Royal Castle. Saint-Cyprien Golf Club and Canet Beach ...

4.2/5Excellent! (34 reviews)

"Camping très propre et personnel discret mais présent s’il y a un problème. Piscine très propre et agréable quand il fait chaud"…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2019

Camping la Pinède Enchantée
Vacancéole – La Massane – Argelès sur mer
Vacancéole – La Massane – Argelès sur mer
3 out of 5
£44
per night
Feb 20 - Feb 21

Situated in Argeles-sur-Mer, this residence is within 2 miles (3 km) of Parc Venitien, South Beach and Argeles Beach. Plage de la Marenda and Luna Park are also ...

3.9/5Very Good! (114 reviews)
Awful Awful Awful. A complete and Utter Dump!

"Such an awful place. Poor customer service. Large deposit taken on check in (which says a lot about the type of people they have staying). Very expensive £150 per night and we still had to make our own beds/clean the place from top to bottom including toilets etc otherwise you wouldn't get your hefty ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2018

Vacancéole – La Massane – Argelès sur mer

Popular things to do in Argeles-sur-Mer

Argeles Beach
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Argeles Beach

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Argeles Beach during your travels in Argeles-sur-Mer? While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

Dali Museum
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Dali Museum

4.5/5(16 reviews)

Dali Museum is a popular museum in Figueres with a rich history. Take in the fascinating museums while you're in the area.

Roses Beach
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Roses Beach

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Roses Beach, a popular beach in Roses. Amble around the area's sandy beaches or visit its water parks.

Cadaques Beach
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Cadaques Beach

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Cadaques Beach, a popular beach in Cadaques. Wander the waterfront and gardens in the area.

Canet Beach
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Canet Beach

4/5(7 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Canet Beach, a popular beach in Canet-en-Roussillon. While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

Collioure Beach
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Collioure Beach

4.5/5(25 reviews)

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Collioure Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Collioure. While you're in the area, wander around the gardens.