Argelès-sur-Mer, the largest seaside resort and the French Catalan coast.
On one side the Mediterranean to the eye ... and the other Albères ...
The unique landscape of Argelès-sur-Mer extends nearly 10 kilometers: 7 km of sandy coast, from the Nature Reserve of Mas Larrieu until Racou, and 2 km of rocky coast, since Racou to the beach of 'Ouch.
20 km south of Perpignan, in one of the sunniest regions of France, the common dynamic is committed to preserving its environment committed to making tourism a quality space.
At the foot of the massif of Albera (1157 m), where the Pyrenees plunge into the sea, lifestyle, tourism and seaside delights will greet you for an unforgettable holiday in the Catalan region.
The museum of the Casa Albères: In the village, instead of Castellana, the museum Casa de Albères gets to know every facet of the country and our culture.
The Church of Notre-Dame-dels Prats: This building dates from the fourteenth. Its imposing bell tower can be recognized from afar. It is dedicated to the Virgin, which wears the name nostra Senyora dels prats (Notre-Dame-des-Prés). The church, already mentioned in 920, was almost entirely rebuilt in the 14th century in Gothic style rare in the department.
The bell tower of Notre-Dame-dels Prats: The Notre Dame-dels Prats is flanked by a beautiful Romanesque bell tower, rising to 34 meters, a historical monument. Although its construction was not completed, is one of the bell-towers the highest in the Roussillon.
The walls: It is possible to discover the remains of walls, walking through the streets of the old village street July 14 (Tower Restoration Jalabert), Avenue de la Liberation, the National Road (which are visible quadrangular towers), the street Blanqui and the Rue des Remparts.
The Chapel of Notre-Dame-de-Vie, Saint Jerome: The building is a historical monument since 1944. Today the chapel is open to the public, the surroundings were built to accommodate visitors.
La Chapelle Saint-Ferreol-de-la-Pave: The chapel did not become property of Argelès in 1858, the same year it was dedicated to St. Ironwood. It is a listed monument since 1991.
Tower Massane: 700 years after its construction, Massana, Argelès symbol and witness of his past, always watch over the city.
Valmy Castle: This monument was built in the late 19th to the middle of the vineyard farmhouse Vallmaria which probably derives its name. It was designed by Danish architect Viggo-Petersen Dorp whose achievements were very popular with wealthy families Roussillon.
Ultrera Castle and the chapel of Notre-Dame-du-Château: In the 5th century, after being sacked Rome, the Visigoths in southern Gaul fold. Argelès and Roussillon are part of the Septimanie. This period marked by many internal conflicts and religious strife, there is the remains of a citadel that dominates everything Argelès: Castle Ultreras.
The dolmens: The dolmens are the oldest monuments in the region. These are ossuaries, mass graves can be dated from the first Bronze Age (period between 2500 and 1500 BC). Specialists have identified twelve in the massif of Albera. Argelès has two.
Castle Taxo Avall and chapel vicomtale: The site is of Roman origin, but is mentioned for the first time in 897 as the "Diputación. In medieval times, the castle was the birthplace of Taxo a family holds the title of Viscount du Roussillon.
La Chapelle Saint-Laurent-du-Mont: The Romanesque church of Saint-Laurent-du-Mont is probably one of the finest architectural treasures owned by the mountain of Argelès. Built in one sitting during the XII, Saint Laurent became a parish church and served the many farmhouses nestled in the hills.
Castle Pujol: The origins of this castle are unknown. Experts believe it was built at the end of the 11th on a small natural hill. It was an important building that the counts of Roussillon fief to the family of Viscount Taxo.
Park Valmy: the view of Argelésiens, is the most beautiful views on the town, beach, port and Albères the overhang. From the lookout, you can embrace the entire coastline in a site steeped in history.
Coastal Trail: The coastal path, which opened in spring 2005, can enhance the natural and historical heritage. 12 panels of information, written in French, Catalan, Spanish, English and German mark this path.
National Nature Reserve of Mas Larrieu: Located north of Argelès-Plage, an area of 145 ha National Nature Reserve is one of the last wild natural areas and the coastal plain of Roussillon.
The National Nature Reserve Massane: Located on the territory of Argelès, the natural reserve of La Massana, also known Couloumates forest, located in the easternmost part of the massif of Albera, covers 300 ha between 600 and 1150 m above sea level culminating in the peak of the Four Terms.
The walk from the sea: Of all the coastal towns of the Pyrenees-Orientales, Argelès-sur-Mer is one that has the longest coastline: 10 km of coastline including 7 Sandy Creek and 3.
Pine Wood Station Green Argelès-sur-Mer has over 8000 old pine trees, including 2000 in the wood of pine trees. In 1854 the municipality took the initiative to plant a pine forest of 12 ha seafront ..
From festive events await you throughout the year. An alternate schedule provided very renowned festivals, traditional celebrations (Catalan folklore, Sardana, parades summer ...), traditional market, local produce markets, exhibitions ...
The Dating Cinémaginaire: Since 1985, the Rencontres Cinémaginaire offer in May another look at the cinema.
The Fair Livestock: The city of Argelès-sur-Mer in close collaboration with the farmers' union Albères Vallespir-organizes the fair livestock every year in spring. An event that comes a timely reminder that Albères have long been farmed land and pastoralism is still located. Over forty breeders participating in this fair where local products are also presented through a farmers' market.
The flood of Argelès-sur-Mer: July. A prestigious artists multiplied in three venues and entertainment.
The International Exhibition of Art of Valmy: Each year, at the end of September and for three weeks, Valmy Park opens its doors for the International Exhibition of Art, organized by the Art Association Argelésienne.
The Festival of Mind Games: For over a decade, hundreds of players come from all over France to take part in competitions at a very pointed and at the same time, discover Argeles and the surrounding .
The Aplec Valmy: Aplec means gathering in Catalan. That of Valmy, held annually the first weekend of September by the Foment Sardana, was established in 1974. Sardana enthusiasts from all over the county and South of Catalonia to dance to the rhythm of Coble and perpetrate and Catalan culture in a great atmosphere.
The St. Cosmas and St. Damian: It is the patron saint of the city Argelès-sur-Mer honors each year at the end of September. Legend has it that in the seventeenth, Argelès was hit by an epidemic of plague. She stopped on the day of the feast of Saints, 27 September 1652 and the population was then vow to make every year a solemn procession to honor ... Today, St. Cosmas and St. Damian is a true festival with dancing, entertainment, parade gegants, Castellers, sardanes and exhibitions.
The Flamenco Festival at Valmy: Festival international reputation, dedicated exclusively to flamenco offering an exceptional program.
ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND
Of common solidarity where the spirit Catalan: A Township about 8 common at the foot of the massif of Albera which Argelès-sur-Mer is the capital? Communities that have banded together to help you discover many routes to detour for culture, recreation and sports adventure (35 sites and hiking, mountain biking, horse?). Circuits are available? to meet these charming villages, its beautiful Romanesque chapels and a traditional craftsmanship and know-how (factory Sorède beaters, glass in Palau-del-Vidre?). There is also a museum of railway Sorède, the breeding farm of yesteryear in Saint-Andre, turtles Happy Valley, Valmy eagles? So many visits that you can better penetrate the soul of this land.