Argelès sur mer
Argeles-sur-Mer is a town and seaside resort on the Mediterranean coast of France, near the border with Spain and on the section of coast known as the Cote Vermeille. It is in an attractive setting with the low hills of the eastern Pyrenees and the massif des Albères behind the beach and Mount Canigou visible beyond.
Argeles is mostly visited for the activities along the coast and beach. The sandy beach is almost seven kilometres long, and interspersed with rocky pools and has been awarded the Blue Flag award for its cleanliness and facilities. The beach and coast here is also used for watersports such as windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and scuba diving. Next to the central part of the beach there is a pleasant promenade that is about three kilometres long and in part backed by a large pine forest.
A short distance inland, you'll find the town centre in the Catalan style with some interesting narrow streets to explore in the remaining part of the historic village. Most of the original ramparts have now disappeared though on Rue du 14 Juillet you can see the Jalabert tower and various other sections can be seen as you wander the streets. You can ascend the belltower in the Church of Notre-Dame-del-Prat for views across the region. This belltower is 34m high and as well as a belltower it served as a lookout post and signal station.
There are numerous walks with stunning views starting from Argeles, including the famous Sentier Littoral on the coastal path to Collioure.
Another popular trip is to Chteau Valmy to visit the 19th Century chateau the lovely views and and the eagles soaring overhead. En route for Valmy you can visit the defensive Massane tower which was built in the 13th century on a rocky peak, while the sturdy square tower that is all that remains of the 12th century Chateau de Pujol is a little way north of the town.
Just a few kilometers further south you'll find from Collioure, a very attractive port and beach with a castle and lively old town centre.
An incredible part of the world to visit, so many contrasts, so much to see and do...