Argelès-sur Mer is surrounded by outstanding scenery and viewpoints. Beneath the blue Mediterranean sky, you can explore typical places of interest such as Le Racou — listed by the French coastline conservation authority — and its typical small houses built on the beach, or nature reserves such as La Massane and Mas Larrieu… It’s no wonder that the town is known as “Argelès la Naturelle”!
You can stay fit all year round in Argelès-sur-Mer and the surrounding area. Explore the department’s protected countryside on foot or on a mountain bike, dive into the sea or try one of the many water sports available (kitesurfing, jet ski, surfboarding, paddle, etc.)… Pyrénées-Orientales offers so many opportunities for getting out and about in nature.
Over just a few square kilometres, the Pays Catalan offers the pleasures of the sea, a long coastline (214 km of fine sand and rocky creeks) and the mountains, as the Pyrenees finally drop down into the Mediterranean. The proximity of Spain (less than 30 minutes away) and outstanding sunshine levels (300 days a year), add to the idyllic portrait of the department.