The seaside of the Eastern Pyrenean is diverse. From Port-Barcarès to Argelès-sur-Mer, passing through Torreilles, Saint-Marie la Mer, Canet-en-Roussillon and Saint-Cyprien, you can see our main beach resorts with several large and wild beaches. However, originally those cities were only swamps. In 1963, the Mission Racine, in charge of developing the coast of the Languedoc Roussillon region, allowed the construction of costal resorts, such as the Vermeille coast near the Spanish border. Port-Vendres, Banyuls-sur-Mer, Collioure and Cerbère offer you a fantastic environment. In addition to the numerous coves and the lovely vineyards, the Vermeille coast also boasts a rich cultural heritage, embodied by the paintings of Matisse and Derain in the streets of Collioure: they highlighted the beginning of fauvism during the summer of 1905.
The seaside in Roussillon
The Mission Racine largely contributed to the touristic development of our beach resorts. Today, the possibilities of accommodation are many – rentals, hotels and camping offers are numerous – as are leisure activities. However, and before this development, they had to eradicate the mosquito population, consider the accessibility and ensure the preservation of the environment. Therefore, some areas kept their original aspects, such as the wild beaches and the ponds of Salses-le-Château and Canet-en-Roussillon. You might also see some barracas. They were previously used by fishermen as houses and are today maintained by locals.
The Vermeille coast, a stunning territory
Located on the South-eastern side of the Eastern Pyrenees, the Vermeille coast is an amalgamation of wonders. Several ports are nearby, used mainly as marinas, except the industrial port of Port-Vendres. Just behind this coast, you can walk through our typical terrace vineyards (pictured above). Last but not least, to add a cultural touch, the artistic movement known as fauvism was born in the streets of Collioure. In 1905, Matisse and Derain came to Collioure and painted using powerful and hot colours, very representative of the Eastern Pyrenees.
Let’s go North! (Aude département)
Let’s visit our neighbours from the North of the Eastern Pyrenees, in the villages of Leucate and La Franqui. Those two villages are famous because they organize each year the Wind World Tour (named in French Mondial du vent). Do you like kitesurfing, windsurfing, or other wind sports? This is the place to be for strong feelings and memories. Furthermore, Leucate is a colourful village where you can feel the Mediterranean spirit along its streets and restaurants. Finally, take advantage of your visit to go to the oyster farm where you will be able to taste freshly gathered delicious oysters with a nice glass of white wine.