In the south of France, between the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees, your new favourite holiday destination!

320 days of sunshine per year: it is not a legend…
The Pyrénées-Orientales is above all a tourist territory with many facets, between sea and mountains, but also very close to Spain.

The Catalan coast gives you access to the Mediterranean Sea and its waters at the ideal temperature throughout the summer season. But also more than 40 km of long beaches of fine sand, 20 km of rocky coves of insolent beauty, fishing ports and marinas on both sides of the department….

With a glass of Muscat de Rivesaltes in your hand, you will be enchanted by the famous Catalan art of living, which you will discover and recognize throughout the territory, in contact with the locals, proud to share with you the Catalan culture and traditions.

The most sporty holidaymakers will be amazed by the large number of sporting activities that can be practiced both at the campsite and in the rest of the Pyrénées-Orientales, ranging from water sports, mountain biking and hiking, depending on their desires, from strong emotion to escape….

You will not be able to do everything or see everything. That is why you will return, and it will be a pleasure and an honour for us. Here, tourism is a real know-how.

Places not to be missed

We have selected for you the must-see visits to the Pyrénées-Orientales that you will undoubtedly want to count among your escapades.


Sea side

The Catalan coast, known to all for its long beaches, its warm and crystal clear waters, stands out for the presence of unusual, colourful and flowery villages.

Argelès-sur-Mer

The Village 

Located at the foot of the Albères, which culminates at an altitude of more than 1157 metres, the village of Argelès-sur-Mer combines green tourism and seaside tourism. This typical village of the Pyrénées-Orientales, between sea and mountains, will delight sporty holidaymakers and curious to discover Catalan culture. You will appreciate its colourful houses and shops, the narrow and winding streets that make up the village, its 14th century church, its traditional markets all year round, its crafts, its festivities….

The port

On the village’s marina, you will find many restaurants and shops, so you will enjoy walking around and even mooring there, if you are passing through for several days. You can practice several water sports and rent boats, but also go to the harbour master’s office. For more information, visit the city’s website.

The beach

The town of Argelès-sur-Mer has a vast fine sandy beach more than 7 km long, below the Albères massif, on which you will meet several beach clubs. Near the rocky coast, you will also have the opportunity to swim in peace in the coves of Portells and Ouille.

And for those days when you are not tempted by the beach, Camping Taxo les Pins has a spa, a heated swimming pool as well as a Water Park and its 7-metre high slide.

The festivities :
  • Les Déférlantes

Every year since 2007, Les Déferlantes d’Argelès, a music festival that lasts several days, has been held. This year the 13th edition of the Déferlantes Sud de France will take place from July 5 to 8, 2019, with artists such as Macklemore, Nekfeu, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Patrick Bruel, Jain, Dadju, Gringe, Dionysos, Thérapie Taxi, or Feder. Information, prices and reservations on the official website of Déferlantes Sud de France.

  • Luna Park

During the months of July and August you can also visit Luna Park, a fair that covers more than a hectare, for the pleasure of young and old alike, with many attractions. More information on the official Luna Park website.

  • Entertainment at Camping Taxo les Pins

Please note that Camping Taxo les Pins also offers many activities throughout the summer season. This summer, the campsite’s latest generation entertainment area will host magicians, music groups, karaoke evenings, foam parties, look-alike parties, comedies, lotto evenings, staff shows, musicals, game nights, hypnotists, and many other quality evenings and surprises… All generations will be delighted.

During the day you can also participate in the many excursions organised by the 4-star Camping Taxo les Pins throughout the department of the Pyrénées-Orientales and in Spain.

Collioure

Only 10 km from your 4-star Camping Taxo les Pins and its wide variety of accommodation, you will find the charming town of Collioure.

Le château royal 

This superb castle overlooking the bay of Collioure has belonged for several years to the Conseil Départemental des Pyrénées-Orientales. Its construction began in 1276 and was completed in 1344. It has been occupied throughout history by many monarchs and their families, such as the Kings of Majorca, Charles V, then the Habsburgs and the Bourbons. It is now classified as a “Historic Monument” and has been since 1922. Visits are possible and the castle is open to the public. You will find all the information, prices and schedules on the official website.

Church of Our Lady of the Angels 

A symbol of the city, Notre-Dame-des-Anges is located by the sea and overlooks one of the busiest beaches in Collioure. Construction of this building began in 1984 and was completed in 1691, and its architectural style was modified several times. Built on the foundations of an old church, it was initially a lighthouse, to which a bell tower was added, then a dome.

Beautiful views 

On either side of the city you can find settings that will allow you to capture the most beautiful images of your visit to Collioure. Many places will also offer you extraordinary views of the Bay of Collioure and its many coves, but also of the Rocky Coast, such as the Madeloc Tour, Fort St Elme, the Cortina mill and the Green Lighthouse.

His port and his small streets 

If you have time, lose yourself in the many narrow streets of the seaside village of Collioure, an essential tourist attraction in the Pyrénées-Orientales. You will find decorated and flowered village houses that will allow you to reach the many restaurants and cafés where you can relax on the terrace. Finally, finish with a stroll on the Collioure marina, which offers a view of the entire Bay.

Banyuls-sur-Mer

Another unmissable village on the Côte Vermeille is Banyuls-sur-Mer, renowned for its picturesque appearance and Catalan traditions. You will find beautiful beaches, but also many hiking trails and walks allowing you to admire the city’s vineyards, several picturesque hamlets and many century-old olive trees, witness to the authenticity of the Banyulenc terroir. In order to promote its know-how, the city organizes each year the Festival de l’huile d’olive nouvelle, which will take place this year from 26 to 28 December 2019. You will learn more about this culture and will probably want to discover the Oliveraies de la Baillaury planted on the terrace, where you can discover the production of olives and all the products that come from them (prepared olives, soaps, oils, tapenades…). Finally, the olive grove also has an “Oil Bar” in the heart of Mas Reig, where you can taste the fruit of the production and in particular olive oils and tapenades…

Canet-en-Roussillon

About twenty minutes by car from Camping Taxo les Pins, you can visit the town of Canet, its village, its beaches and its pond.

The beach 

Cleaned every day, the 9 km of fine sandy beach in the city of Canet is ideal for bathers of all ages and therefore perfect for families. Swimming is monitored throughout the summer season, and shallow waters are labelled “European Blue Flag”, which attests to the quality of the water. You can practice many water sports such as kite surfing, sailing, jet skiing, catamaran, windsurfing, stand up paddle and diving.

Thalassotherapy & Balneotherapy 

Located in Canet Plage, Thalasso Spa des Flamants Roses welcomes you for your thalassotherapy and well-being treatments, on three floors and over 1200m².

The 4-star hotel Host & Vinum invites you to discover the benefits of balneotherapy in its institute Le Spa by Sothys. Enjoy the hammam and appreciate the skills of the beauticians during the treatments. The Spa is open every day to external guests and hotel guests.

The Pond 

The pond of Canet en Roussillon covers an area of about 4.8 km² and its depth is variable, but does not exceed one meter. It is a preserved area, classified as a “Natura 2000” site in order to protect the 246 species of birds living in the wild, including the pink flamingo, purple heron, kingfisher, white wader, great egret, and reed harrier. At the edge of the pond you can also observe the “fishing village” and the ten wooden huts that make it up. You can enjoy the eel bouillinade, a traditional dish prepared with eel, potato, chilli and garlic.

Harvesting seasonal fruits and vegetables 

The Arboretum of the city of Canet offers locals and tourists the opportunity to pick fruit and vegetables. Depending on the season, you can therefore harvest your own cherries, apricots, nectarine peaches and figs. The orchard is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 08:30 to 12:00. (For more information contact the CCEAME at 00.33. 4.68.64.64.32.82). You can also observe more than 500 species of plants, most of which are rare.

Port-Vendres

In the very south of the Pyrénées-Orientales, a stone’s throw from the border with Spain, the village of Port-Vendres is an essential stopover in the region. You will appreciate its vineyards, hiking trails, beaches only 1.5 km from the heart of the city, but also its famous coves, the most famous being Anse de Paulille, and its deep-water port where fishermen and boaters meet.


Mountain Side

The Pyrénées-Orientales and their highest peak, the Pic du Canigou, are a paradise for walkers and hikers looking for breathtaking landscapes.

Abbey Saint-Martin du Canigou

An essential tourist site in the Pyrénées-Orientales, Saint-Martin-du-Canigou Abbey was built in the 11th century and has dominated the entire Cady Valley since then. It is accessible on foot, with a short hike of 30 to 50 minutes in the heart of the Canigou massif; but also by car throughout the summer season, through a VTC company (information and reservation at 04 46 36 23 15).

Long abandoned, the Abbey of Saint-Martin-du-Canigou was bought and restored by an owner of the region and entrusted to the Community of the Beatitudes, whose main missions are prayer and spiritual and tourist welcome. The Abbey is also a stop on the way to Santiago de Compostela.

Note: As the abbey is occupied by a religious community, the Abbey only offers guided tours of about one hour.

Les bains publics de Saint-Thomas

After your hikes in the Conflent and the Massif du Canigou, you can relax at the baths of Saint-Thomas, an exceptional place, located in the heart of the commune of Fontpédrouse, at an altitude of more than 1150 m and enjoy the benefits of its spring water, which gushes naturally at 58°C.

The Saint-Thomas-les-Bains complex, whose waters are known for their virtues on the skin, is structured around two main areas: an outdoor amphitheatre with three pools and several outdoor Jacuzzis; and an indoor wellness area, which offers visitors three hammam rooms, two large Jacuzzis, a sauna, and several massage and treatment rooms.

Les orgues de l’Ille-sur-Têt

The natural tourist site of Les Orgues de l’Ille-sur-Têt is a unique place in France, a mineral and singular landscape resulting from the erosion of various limestone rocks. This rare geological phenomenon, nicknamed “chimneys of fairies”, has been classified as “exceptional heritage” since 1981 and managed by the town hall of Ille-sur-Têt, which takes the preservation of this protected site to heart. Its access is regulated; visits are limited by an entrance fee and authorised for a period of 45 minutes during opening hours only (times and prices on the official website).


Earth Side

Further down, in the heart of the Catalan countryside, there is a rich cultural and historical heritage marked by history…

Salses le Château

Emblematic tourist site of the department of Pyrénées-Orientales, the fortress of Salses is located on the border of the Aude, between the Corbières and the pond of Salses-Leucate. Built in the 15th century, it is the result of a brand new architectural style, at the junction of two periods, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. An incredible architectural jewel, this unique and unique monument is visited each year by more than 90,000 visitors. The many thematic and nocturnal visits organized there seduce lovers of astrology, plants but also lovers of natural sites since it is classified as a Natura 2000 area, thanks to the many varieties of bats that can be observed there.

Perpignan

Just a few kilometres from the Catalan coast, is the city of Perpignan, a true testimony to the history of the territory of the Pyrénées-Orientales. Walking in the heart of the historic centre, you can visit the Castillet and its museum, a monument made entirely of bricks and marble, the city’s emblem.

While strolling along the Têt river, on the Quai Sébastien Vauban, you will meet the Halles Vauban, a real place to live and a representation of the Catalan way of life, inaugurated in 2017. Finally, you can visit one of the city’s main tourist attractions, the Palace of the Kings of Majorca, a huge building with both Gothic and Romanesque architecture, whose ramparts offer you a view of the entire Catalan coast.


Villages labelled “Loveliest villages in France”

The Eastern Pyrenees department also has four villages labelled “Loveliest villages in France”

Castelnou

Among the most beautiful villages in France is the medieval village of Castelnou. Picturesque and welcoming, it preserves the traces of its history thanks to its Viscount’s castle and its pretty cobbled streets, while offering a magnificent view of the Pyrenees and more precisely the Pic du Canigou.

Eus

In the heart of the Conflent is Eus, one of the sunniest villages in France. Dominated by the Saint-Vincent church, this adorable village, entirely pedestrianised, both authentic and atypical, is distinguished by the presence of cobbled streets, but also by an abundant vegetation, composed of holm oaks, mimosas, bougainvilleas, cacti, but also numerous orchards of lemon trees and peach trees which when in bloom further embellish this mountainside village.

Evol

Located in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of the Catalan Pyrenees, the hamlet of Evol is a quiet village in which you will enjoy walking. While walking along its picturesque and winding streets you can observe the typical houses with schist walls and lauze roofs and their flowered inner courtyards…

Villefranche de Conflent

At the confluence of the 3 valleys of the Têt, Rotja and Cady, is the fortified city of Villefranche de Conflent, whose strategic location once made it the capital of the Conflent. This citadel, very marked by its history, retains traces of its medieval past, such as the Viguerie tower, Fort Liberia, and the ramparts, recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.