Your holidays in Argelès-sur-Mer, a popular seaside and port resort between the sea and the mountains
Located in the Pyrénées-Orientales and at the foot of the Albères massif
, discover the most famous
tourist town on the French Catalan coast: Argelès-sur-Mer. Composed of Argelès-Village, Argelès-Plage and Port-Argelès
, the resort combines all the ingredients for an excellent holiday between green tourism, seaside life, sport, culture and history. It has also been awarded the "Famille Plus" and "Qualité Tourisme" labels
, guaranteeing a quality welcome for holidaymakers and families.
First of all, Argelès is the perfect resort to enjoy the sea. It has almost 10 km of beaches and creeks
with numerous beach clubs, its long beach being awarded the Blue Flag
for its development and cleanliness. The promenade du Front De Mer will make you spend a pleasant moment by the sea and you will discover the hamlet of Racou, on the beach of the same name between the sea and the mountains, an atypical place with a retro atmosphere with its white houses and its sandy streets. You will be able to practise nautical activities
such as windsurfing, stand up paddle, kayaking, scuba diving... With a pleasant water temperature
(24° in summer) and an exceptional sunshine
, you will be able to fully indulge in idleness and swimming!
For nature lovers, the Albères mountain range
, with its peaks, some of which reach an altitude of over 1000 metres, is a wonderful playground! It is home to the Massane national nature reserve
and proudly overlooks the beach and the village of Argelès, offering numerous opportunities for hiking and mountain biking
. But that's not all! The natural heritage is rich
, the fauna and flora
as well, and you will have the choice between multiple natural sites to recharge your batteries: the park of Valmy
, the national natural reserve of Mas Larrieu
, the wood of the pines... You will appreciate to venture in the middle of the Mediterranean vegetation, to admire the diversity of the landscapes and to stroll, to have a picnic in all quietude in a preserved natural framework
In Argelès, history lovers will be delighted to discover the rich historical heritage
with many buildings to visit
: castles, churches, dolmens, chapels... On the other hand, as a dynamic resort
, a large number of animations
are organised (such as the festival Les Déferlantes
with its prestigious programme) and some streets are animated until late in the evening, with bars, discotheques, the casino... Relaxation, sport, culture, nature, activities, festivities
, there is something for everyone in this eclectic and renowned destination!
Activities in Argelès-sur-Mer :
- Valmy parc :
A real balcony with a romantic atmosphere over the resort, with 6 hectares of green space, a waterfall, a castle and facilities, it is a favourite place to stroll, have a picnic in peace and quiet and enjoy a bucolic and fun stroll. A circuit is marked out with signs combining natural and historical heritage and will allow you to learn more about the history, culture, fauna and flora of Argelès and the Albères.
- Beach of the Racou :
It occupies a place of choice in the classification of the most beautiful beaches of France. A pretty little corner between the sandy coast and the rocky coast with a special atmosphere, with its small sandy huts, its small bars and friendly restaurants, you can't help but have an exceptional time. Swimming, sunbathing, scuba diving, discovering the creeks, paddle boarding... You will have the choice and can even take the coastal path from Le Racou and enjoy a magnificent view of the beaches and the port from the top.
- Heritage :
Many historical and cultural sites and buildings await you! For example, visit the church of Notre-Dame del Prat with its 34 m high bell tower, classified as a historical monument, the hermitage of Notre-Dame-de-Vie and Saint Jérome, the Tour de la Massane, the dolmens, the numerous chapels, the castles, the remains of the ramparts, etc. Guided tours are available to discover the historical charms of the resort!!
- Hiking and nature :
Venture into the Albères massif, the national nature reserve of Mas Larrieu, the pine forest, during hiking or cycling tours, and admire the variety of landscapes as well as a rich and preserved fauna and flora. Guided/commented walks and hikes are available to better understand and discover the rich natural and cultural heritage of the resort and its surroundings. The Sentier du Littoral (Coastal Path), for example, goes all the way to Collioure and offers magnificent views.
- Paradise Aventure :
Get your thrills in the leisure parks of Paradise Aventure! It offers various activities for young and old that will make you spend unforgettable moments through several worlds:- Canyoning Park
: the sensations of a natural canyoning in complete safety in this world composed of 14 pools where jumps (from 3 to 7 metres), slides, abseiling under waterfalls, tyrolean traverse...
- Argelès Aventure
: forest acrobatic park with 120 workshops through 13 courses for all levels and all ages.- Tour de l'Extrême:
30-metre wooden tower (unique in France) with challenges to take up! Jump 8 metres in the Big Air Bag, travel a 330-metre circuit of sensational zip lines, or jump 28 metres into the void!- Paradise Golf
: a 3500m² park with two 18-hole mini-golf courses in the middle of a lush and exotic nature and winding between rivers and waterfalls.- Drop In Water:
the highest Drop In park (up to 16 m) with 18 fun and sports tracks: 4 tracks, 6 crazy jumps, 7 crazy slides, 1 donut.- Acrocabane:
an adventure course dedicated to children aged 5 and 11! Acrobatic course, chips, punching bag, wall games...
- And many more :
Les Aigles de Walmy, Biodiversarium at 15 km, the Tortoise Valley at 6 km, the Tropique du Papillon at 8.5 km, the Luna Park, Casa de l'Albera museum, water activities (scuba diving, sea fishing, kayaking, stand up paddle, windsurfing, ...), the Promenade du Front de Mer, the Forêt de la Massane nature reserve, the marina, etc.
Events to remember in Argelès-sur-Mer :
First of all, you will find various markets in Argelès-sur-Mer, which will be the perfect opportunity to stroll between the stalls in a friendly atmosphere while finding quality local products! You can also take advantage of the markets in the surrounding area in Collioure (12 km), Perpignan (22 km), Le Barcarès (35 km), Castelnou (40 km), etc.
- Market of Argelès-Village, all year round : Traditional market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
- Market of Argelès-Plage, from mid-june to mid-september : Traditional market on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays morning, nightly craft market
- Market of Argelès-Port, in season : Traditional market (from mid-June to mid-September) on Thursday mornings, local and organic market on Tuesday mornings (also from mid-June to mid-September) and night market every Tuesday and Friday (from mid-June to end of August). Direct sale of local fish on the quay of the port every morning, all year round.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of the main events
- Argeles Carnival, in March :
Family event with carnival boom, daytime cavalcade and nighttime cavalcade. Parade of floats, costumes and confetti in a festive and musical atmosphere with the batucadas.
- Spring fete, in april :
Family event with plant sales, sale of local products, free entertainment, shows and workshops for children.
- American fete, in april :
The biggest gathering of American culture in France with many concerts, American cars and Harley Davidsons, country dancing, American market, Pin-up parade, animations (for children too!) ... All this in a very country-rock atmosphere to live the American dream!
- Sun, Ride and Chipolatas, in june :
A unique family event dedicated to water and land sports! Initiations (paddle, slackline, skateboard, scooters), simulators (windsurfing, kitesurfing...), climbing wall, equipment tests, bungee trampoline, workshops and animations, shows, DJ's... are on the programme!
- Midsummer fires, in june :
Weekend of festivities combining tradition, culture and heritage with concerts, dances, processions, arrival of the flame, Catalan meal, ball, fireworks show...
- Les Déferlantes, in july :
One of the major events in Argelès-sur-Mer, enjoy this music festival with an exceptional programme of concerts and entertainment at 3 venues
- Fête du Racou, in july :
Family day and evening with free activities (workshops, challenges, karaoke...), swimming costume parade, bodégas, terrace meals, concerts and musical entertainment...
- Diad’Argelès, in july and august :
Two 100% Catalan evenings with brass bands, dances, sardanas, songs, correfoc (street fireworks show), concerts, dances... for a convivial, festive, cultural and musical moment with Catalan colours!
And many others to discover... For more information, don't hesitate to consult our Good Deals tab or to visit the Argelès-sur-Mer Tourist Office.
Leisure and shops in Argelès-sur-Mer :
To entertain you throughout your stay, between two walks or visits, you will have access to many leisure
activities in Argelès: cinema, casino, discotheques, bowling, laser and escape games, water and adventure parks, Luna Park, swimming pool, mini-golf, horse riding, cycling, tennis, karting, etc.
Finally, all the services and shops
necessary for the smooth running of your holiday will be present on site. You will also find a large choice of restaurants
and bars to delight your taste buds or have a drink with family or friends!