Argeles-sur-Mer travel guide

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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.

The town 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.

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France This Way review: with its town centre, harbour area and beaches, Argelès-sur-Mer is one of the most interesting resorts to visit along this section of coastline

There are three principal zones of interest in Argeles-sur-Mer for visitors to explore: the beach area, the town, and the port. Each has its own characteristics...

Argeles-sur-Mer Beach

Argeles-sur-Mer is a popular and pleasant resort on the Languedoc coast, 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. It is the most important resort on this stretch of the coast.

along the beach at Argeles

The beach and coast here is also used for watersports such as windsurfing 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.

Of course, the central parts of the beach at Argeles are supervised by lifeguards during the summer. There are also facilities to enable disabled people to use the beach.

Argeles Town

A short distance inland from the Mediterranean, Argeles is a pleasant town 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 34 metres high and as well as a belltower it has previously served as a lookout post and signal station.

Particular highlights close by include the pretty little Chapel of Saint-Jerome d'Argeles and the Hermitage of Saint-Ferreol-de-la-Pave: both of these are very old 10th century chapels in the roman style.

Church enthusiasts will also want to visit the Church of Saint-Laurent-du-Mont a little way south of the town which is a beautifully preserved 12th century roman style church.


General information: in 1939 a large prisoner camp was established just north of Argeles-sur-Mer to house thousands of republicans fleeing Spain after the end of the Spanish War.

Argeles Port

Argeles also has a pleasant tree lined port whose edges are lined with restaurants. It is a very pleasant spot to sit outside at one of the many restaurants and eat dinner overlooking the harbour. If you walk out to the end of the port you have a nice view of the small beach and the colourful houses behind the port.

From the port you can stroll along the seafront to the attractive coastal hamlet of Le Racou.

port and boats in Argeles-sur-Mer

To visit nearby

Starting from Argeles you can walk the coastal path from the nature reserve of Mas Larrieu. The walk takes you past many coves as well as the pretty beach and hamlet of Le Racou near the Port.

Another popular trip from Argeles is to Valmy to see the lovely views and and the eagles soaring overhead. There is a 19th century 'chateau' at Valmy which is interesting to architects because it was one of the earliest buildings constructed with reinforced concrete, although you might not guess just by looking at it, it is now a chambre d'hote.

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.

Argeles is just a few kilometers from Collioure, a very attractive port and beach with a castle and lively old town.

A trip north to explore Perpignan is also enjoyable, then a little further you can explore the Pyrenees foothills along the Têt Valley or take a trip to one of the cathar castles such as Château Peyrepertuse. See more of the popular beaches and resorts in Languedoc.

See more seaside resorts in France. You can find more travel ideas in the Pyrenees-Orientales guide and the Languedoc-Roussillon guide.

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Address: Argelès-sur-Mer, Céret, Languedoc-Roussillon, 66700, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 42.5449, longitude 3.02352

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Eglise de Saint Michel (Saint-Genis-des-fontaines): religious monument (8 km)
  • Paulilles: site of natural beauty (9 km)
  • Étang de Canet-Saint-Nazaire: site of natural beauty (14 km)
  • Réserve naturelle nationale de Cerbère-Banyuls: site of natural beauty (14 km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges (Cabestany): religious monument (17 km)
  • Chapel Saint-Martin de Fenollar (Maureillas-las-Illas): religious monument (17 km)
  • Perpignan: town of art and history (20 km)
  • Pic de Fontfrède: site of natural beauty (25 km)
  • Castelnou: most beautiful village (27 km)
  • Étang de Leucate: site of natural beauty (34 km)
  • Gorges de la Fou: site of natural beauty (36 km)
  • Orgues d'Ille-sur-Tet: site of natural beauty (36 km)

Market days in Argeles-sur-Mer, France

Regular market(s) are held in Argeles-sur-Mer each Wednesday & Saturday.

A seasonal market is held in Argeles-sur-Mer on Sunday & Monday & Tuesday & Thursday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at Argeles-sur-Mer (Francais)