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Port-Vendres - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Pyrénées-Orientales

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.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude42.5184870 (N 42° 31’ 7”)
Longitude3.1065920 (E 3° 6’ 24”)
Surface area14.77 km²
Population4309 inhabitants
Density291 inhabitants/km²
PrefecturePerpignan (33 km, 37 min)
Insee code66148
IntercommunalityCC des Albères et de la Côte Vermeille

Nearest cities & towns

Collioure3.2 km (8 min)
Banyuls-sur-Mer6.9 km (12 min)
Argelès-sur-Mer11.1 km (15 min)
Saint-André15.4 km (16 min)
Cerbère17 km (24 min)
Palau-del-Vidre17.6 km (18 min)
Sorède19.2 km (20 min)
Elne20 km (20 min)
Saint-Génis-des-Fontaines21 km (20 min)
Latour-Bas-Elne21 km (21 min)
Laroque-des-Albères22 km (24 min)
Montescot22 km (22 min)
Brouilla23 km (21 min)

Things to see and do

A visit Port-Vendres invites you to discover its history, its maritime tradition around a marina, a commercial port (Port Orchard 2nd Mediterranean), and a fishing port with authentic colors Mediterranean.

Port-Vendres invites you to walk into the sea, first diving, visits shipwrecks submerged fishing.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites

Events and festivities


View Port-Vendres to Cape Bear
View Port-Vendres to Cape Bear
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Old Port and Church Port-Vendres
Old Port and Church Port-Vendres
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Port departure of a boat cruise
Port departure of a boat cruise
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Bay Paulilles, Port-Vendres Beach
Bay Paulilles, Port-Vendres Beach
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Sea diving on the Vermillion Coast
Sports sensations48 € Argelès-sur-Mer (5.4 km)
Mini golf at Tropical golf
Sports sensations7 € to 10 € Argelès-sur-Mer (6.8 km)
Mountain bike course
Sports sensations40 € Argelès-sur-Mer (8.5 km)
Jet ski hire
Sports sensations20 € to 100 € Saint-Cyprien (12.7 km)
Scenic mini golf at Tropical golf
Entertainment7 € to 10 € Saint-Cyprien-Plage (13.9 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Tour of Canet-en-Roussillon
Village visitEasy4h00Canet-en-Roussillon (22 km)
Battle of Boulou
HikeEasy1h50Le Boulou (22 km)
Saint-Ferréol hermitage
HikeEasy2h10Céret (30 km)
The Flag (Le Drapeau)
HikeIntermediate2h00Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda (36 km)
Chapel of Santa Engracia
HikeIntermediate3h30Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda (36 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals