Located on the rocky coast of the Mediterranean (called the Vermilion Coast) at the gates of Spain, Port-Vendres is a natural port in deep water. Here the sea has rendezvous with the mountains and offers beautiful scenery ... Sandy beaches, pebble coves, lipids are assessing water swimming and underwater activities. The back country, culminating at 650 m to the Tower Madeloc, offers magnificent views of the Catalan coast and varied walks through the terraced vineyards and picturesque hamlet.
The city owes its name "Portus Veneris" in the presence of a temple dedicated to Venus, who had dominated the creek.
For his situation privileged maritime, port the role of Port-Vendres is intimately linked to the history of Roussillon. After the reign of the Kings of Mallorca and its dependence on Spain, Roussillon is permanently attached to France by the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659. Natural shelter, the only deepwater port on the coast, near Spain, Port-Vendres develops and, fortified by Vauban, is classified "Port War" by Louis XIV.
Then under Louis XVI, De Mailly, Count of Roussillon, decides to make Port-Vendres a new city and a port open to all nations. It makes the buildings of the Obelisk. The Obelisk, its bas-reliefs and allegorical trophies are dedicated to the King during his lifetime.
Today Port-Vendres is a fishing port (trawlers lamparos, small businesses), craft and trade (2nd Mediterranean fruit port) and welcomes cruise ships.