In under an hour you can reach the Côte
Vermeille and theCôte Radieuse.
This part of France has more
miles of beach than any other stretch of the western Mediterranean.
It is blessed (or cursed depending upon your
outlook) with many resorts and beaches. It also has an ample supply
of secluded coves and picturesque bays
that are quite quiet even in the tourist season.
North of Perpignan, stretching up to Montpellier is
one almost continuous chain of beaches punctuated by inland lagoons
(etangs). The sand
is perfect and the etangs can
give you the feeling of being on a desert island, amongst dunes
and flocks of migrating flamingos.
beaches along this stretch are Leucate, Narbonne and Marseillan Plages.
A little closer to Montpellier you will find the famous fishing
port of Sète.
Now boasting a large mariner, Sète lies on a narrow
sand spit and is located at the end of the Canal
East of Perpignan lie Sainte
Working south from Perpignan you'll find St
Cyprien Plage, followed by Argèles Plage and then the small village
port of Collioure, which is probably the most famous
Côte Vermeille, as well as Port
Follow the coast still further south
and you'll find that you are not far from Spain at all. Once you
pass through Banyuls sur Mer and Cerbère you'll pass
over the border and through
resorts along the Spanish Mediterranean coast,
Not far from Roses is Cadaques where the Spanish
painter Dalì often spent his summer holidays.
This part of the coast is known as the Costa
Brava, and has many resorts and small villages as well as a beautiful