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The Cote Vermeille 
& Languedoc Roussillon
Coastline

Named after its red rock in the 14th Century, which reflects into the sea at sunset and sun rise, giving a "vermillion" glow, the Côte Vermeille (Vermilion Coast) runs south from Collioure to Cerbère on to the Spanish border, where the Pyrenees foothills dip to the sea. Against a backdrop of vineyards and pinched between the Mediterranean and the mountains, it’s dotted with small rocky coves and traditional picturesque little ports.

This unspoilt coastline weaves alongside the Mediterranean Sea past the rocky bays and fishing ports of Collioure and Port Vendres to the wide sandy beaches of Argeles and Canet with its salt flats and the nesting flamingos. This provides a wide range of water sports and coastal activities for people of all ages to enjoy; paragliding, windsurfing and diving amongst others. 

The Villa is Ideally located just 800m from the beach at the foot of the Alberes Mountains. There are miles of golden sandy beaches to be enjoyed within a short distance of The Villa Côte Vermeille, including Argeles Sur Mer, Racou, Canet and the second largest leisure port in France at St Cyprien. The picturesque old fishing port of Collioure frequented by artists such as Manet, Picasso and Maillol is also just a few minutes away.

Racou

This traditional, unspoilt seaside town has a range of shops, bars and restaurants.  The town comes alive in the summer and plays host to a range of concerts and fêtes including :

  • Foire des eleveurs
  • Fête du Racou (july)
  • Racou Jazz festival (september)
  • vide greniers (June and september)

Argéles Sur Mer, Village & Port

Nestling at the base of the Albères Massif, the famous seaside resort of Argelès-sur-Mer has everything you need for the perfect holiday. The 7 km vast sandy beach, the 12 hectares of pine forest by the sea, and the 3 km tree-lined esplanade make it a most enjoyable place to stay. There are numerous leisure activities which can be enjoyed here on land and sea.

Argelès Village is the traditional old town area with typical quaint side streets and rare, Gothic style Church of Notre-Dame-dels Prats.

Each July there is a three-day contemporary music festival, the Déferlantes d'Argelès-sur-Mer, which has played host to many famous artists including Elton John, Sting, Duffy, Iggy Pop ...

Argelès Port is a lively yachting and pleasure boat port with a range of bars shops and restaurants overlooking the marina. Throughout the season the Port takes on a party atmosphere with a bustling street markets, fireworks, live music and art exhibitions.

Perpignan

Is a lively cosmopolitan city (25 mins drive ), where you can enjoy a drink along the café lined Rive Gauche, wander through the maze of boutique-lined back streets or enjoy a meal in one of the many excellent restaurants. During the months of July and August Thursday night is party night in Perpignan with their celebrated ‘Perpignan Jeudis' – stroll through the old part of town and enjoy an array of free live music and street entertainment.

For art lovers there is the Musee d’Art Moderne at Ceret and the Salvador Dali Museum at Figueres. In less than 2 hours drive, you can visit the famous walled city of Carcassonne, Andorra, Barcelona, Cadaques, Montpelier and in under an hour be in the centre of the famous Food Market at Narbonne on the banks of the Canal du Midi.

For information on all the amazing events and places to visits both on the "door step" and throughout the region please visit the Tourisme Pyrénées Orientales website :