This light, airy official 4 star rated apartment is situated on the second floor of a converted Art Deco building with direct access by lift to the quay and secure parking. There are views of the port and the surrounding vine clad hills. There is heating and air-conditioning.
Travel: By Air
The nearest airport is Perpignan (about 40 minutes away) with flights by Ryanair and Flybe. There are also airports at Beziers, Montpellier, Toulouse, Carcassonne Girona and Barcelona. Car hire is available at the airports. There is a TGV link from Barcelona to Perpignan and buses from Girona and Perpignan airports into Perpignan for the train to Port Vendres.
Eurostar trains from London to Paris or Lille connect with the TGV to Perpignan and then on to Port-Vendres. In July and August you can travel by Eurostar to Avignon, where you will be able to join the TGV to Perpignan. There is a TGV service from Barcelona to Perpignan.
Buses run from the quay in both directions along the coast to the Spanish border and to Perpignan. The fare is 1€ for any distance. Trains also run along the coast to Spain and to Perpignan and Narbonne.
Port-Vendres and its environs:
Port-Vendres is situated at the point where the foothills of the Pyrenees meet the sea. This is the most southerly part of mainland France and benefits from more than 300 days of sunshine per year. The vineyards around Port-Vendres produce the grapes for the renowned AOC Banyuls, Collioure and Côtes-du-Roussillon wines and afford plenty of opportunities for wine tasting. The coastline south to the Spanish border and beyond is rugged and breathtakingly beautiful and provides many small coves for quiet enjoyment. The area is proud of its Catalan culture, which can be experienced at the local festivals and in many of the restaurants. Due to its location, the town is a base from which one can explore and enjoy the natural beauty of the Pyrenees in additon to a seaside holiday.
Places of interest:
The area is rich in history and culture. The port itself was first used by the Phoenicians and named Porto Venares (Port of Venus) by the Romans. There are numerous abbeys and churches which are worth seeing, especially the magnificent carvings in the cloisters at Elne and in the priory at Serrabonne. Because of its beauty the area has attracted many artists, notably Picasso, who spent the war years at Cerét, the Fauvists, who were based in Collioure and Charles Rennie MacIntosh lived and worked in Port-Vendres. Illustrated trails will lead you to the locations of their works. Somewhat further afield, in the beautiful Corbières mountains you will find the ruins of many Cathar castles, perched on dizzy heights, which will amaze you and provide stunning views.
The coastline offers a variety of beaches from the golden sands of Argelès to the small coves of the Côte Vermeille. The marine reserve near Banyuls gives you the opportunity to explore the fine coral formations and marine life.