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Saint-Cyprien is a coastal resort in the Pyrénées-Orientales department of France and close to the border with Spain. It has a large sandy beach and a back-drop of mountains including the splendid Mount Canigou.

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France This Way review: Saint-Cyprien is visited for its beach and water-based sporting activity rather than for its town which is somewhat drab. The town does have an attractive church but no major sites

The Saint-Cyprien resort does have a long sandy beach and the third biggest leisure port in Europe, which is of course why visitors come here!

Church of Saint-Cyprien

The beach has been awarded the blue flag for cleanliness and the beach has wheelchair access and regular life guard stations. It also has lots of bars and restaurants nearby and it is possible to participate in a wide range of water sports.

The port is the second biggest on the Mediterranean and offers all the facilities you could wish for if you are arriving by boat and gives the rest of us something to look at as we walk around the harbour.

The waterfront in the port is also very lively on a summer evening with lots of restaurants to choose from.


Saint-Cyprien has a decent museum of Modern Art. The Desnoyer Museum has a collection of Modern Art based on the private collection of Francois Desnoyer and containing works by Maillol, Chagall and Desnoyer himself.

If you don't associate beach holidays with art museums then at least find the time for a stroll in the five hectare botanic garden, the Jardin des Plantes des Capellans, which has meadows, ponds and waterfalls and lots of shady paths if you are looking for respite from the hot Mediterranean sun.

There is also a good golf course at Saint-Cyprien where you can play golf while overlooked by the towering peak of Mount Canigou.

Port of Saint-Cyprien

Attractions nearby

Saint-Cyprien is just 18 kilometers from Perpignan and so if you are looking for shopping, restaurants or an interesting medieval centre with a Catalan flavour these are just a short car journey away.

Alternatively set off away from the beach and explore the lovely mountain scenery that sits just behind the Mediterranean coastline around Pic de Canigou and along the Tech valley as far as the historic centre of Céret, and spend an evening in a seafront restaurant at Collioure. You can also visit other Languedoc beaches and resorts.

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: Saint-Cyprien, Côte Radieuse, Perpignan, Languedoc-Roussillon, 66750, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 42.618056, longitude 3.006389

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Étang de Canet-Saint-Nazaire: site of natural beauty (6 km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges (Cabestany): religious monument (9 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Michel (Saint-Genis-des-fontaines): religious monument (11 km)
  • Perpignan: town of art and history (13 km)
  • Paulilles: site of natural beauty (16 km)
  • Chapel Saint-Martin de Fenollar (Maureillas-las-Illas): religious monument (20 km)
  • Réserve naturelle nationale de Cerbère-Banyuls: site of natural beauty (21 km)
  • Castelnou: most beautiful village (25 km)
  • Étang de Leucate: site of natural beauty (26 km)
  • Pic de Fontfrède: site of natural beauty (28 km)
  • Orgues d'Ille-sur-Tet: site of natural beauty (32 km)
  • Chapelle de Casenoves (Ille-sur-tet): religious monument (32 km)

Market days in Saint Cyprien - Pyrenees Orientales, France

A seasonal market is held in Saint Cyprien - Pyrenees Orientales on Tuesday.

Regular market(s) are held in Saint Cyprien - Pyrenees Orientales each Thursday & Friday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

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