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Banyuls holiday apartment near sea, 2-4

Bedrooms 2
Space 516 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Coastal apartment near the sea, sleeps 4, well equipped, charming courtyard

This charming ground floor two bedroom apartment is five minutes walk to the sea and even less to the shops and bustling main centre of the delightful little seaside town of Banyuls sur Mer. It is ideal for any time of the year. It is equally suitable for people on their own, people in twos or a small family.

Situated on one of the famous lanes in the Cap D'Osna ('old' Banyuls), renowned for its winding streets and flowering plants, the apartment is light and airy yet with its old beams, has a character of its own. It has recently been refitted with modern furniture and equipment and up to date facilities.

It comprises a living room with sofa bed, large spacious double bedroom and a second bedroom with two single beds. There are two bathrooms, with toilets and showers, one with a bath. Apart from the large open courtyard at the back, there is a small sitting area at the front so always a chance to have the sun.

The apartment is equipped with oven, microwave, washing machine, DVD and television receiving both French & some English channels and wifi. Local key holder.

Close to the centre, but a quiet, sought after, location.

With views over the old town of Banyuls and so close to the sea, this apartment can suit adults on their own or a family with 1-2 children. There is good local transport (one euro buses to other coastal towns and Perpignan) and the apartment is only 2 minutes away from Banyuls' train station which is on the line to other towns in France and Spain. From 2015 train services to anywhere in Languedoc Roussillon are also 1 euro (but only available on line on You do not need a car to enjoy staying there as there is plenty to do in Banyuls and good local transport. If you do have a car, there is no immediate parking outside the house but there is free parking available at the train station very nearby, the Place du Marche, or in the nearby streets. Rue Camille Pelletan is pedestrian only which leads to a tranquil ambience due to lack of traffic noise.

The apartment would suit either one, two or three or four. As it is the ground floor apartment of a house in the historic old quarter of Banyuls, it has a modern yet interesting character and the lovely alleyways with the flowering plants, trailing bougainvillea and hibiscus, orange and lemon trees all around mean that just walking in the immediate vicinity is a feast for the senses.

The market days are on Thursday and Sunday when there is bustling activity in the town centre. Down by the promenade there are large cafes with open areas for entertainment. Children can enjoy a mini golf and enclosed play area and in the high summer there are carousels and entertainments such as bouncing castles on or nearby the town beach. The beaches of the Elmes and further creeks are to the side (both the main town beach and these beaches an easy walk from the apartment) and these offer a quieter environment in which to sun bathe, paddle or swim or take out a pedalo. These are strongly recommended if you are more interested in the beach and swimming than in the bustle of the town. But it is nice to have the choice!

For those interested in the sea, there is the oldest marine research institute in France at the Arago Aquarium by the marina- a must see for those who are interested in sea life. There are several diving schools to be found just by the marina and the boats in a pretty arcade of craft shops and small businesses tucked under the promenade.

For those interested in gardens, just out of town there is the Biodiversarium (jardin mediterraneen du Mas de la Serre), a new garden dedicated to mediterranean flowers and plants.

From the promenade there is a colourful tourist train that wends its way through vineyards and ends up for wine tasting in a famous wine cellar. For those interested in visits further afield, we would recommend the museum devoted to Salvador Dali at Figueras in Spain, the abbey of Serabonne and cathedral of Elne in France or the abbey of Vilabertran in Spain and the UNESCO world heritage sites the towns of Villefranche de Conflent and Carcassonne with their castles and turrets. Many Cathare castles also are in easy reach. There are excellent art galleries and museums at Ceret and Collioure and Banyuls itself has many sculptures by, and a charming museum devoted to, the sculptor Aristide Maillol.

The fish market at Port Vendres offers the chance to buy early morning catches or visit the stunning fish market. Dining by the sea with some oysters or 'gambas', a few tapas with a glass or two of the local wine is to be savoured.

There is something for everyone in Banyuls and the surrounding area, large beaches round Argeles or the local little creeks, bustling entertainment or quiet, coast or mountain, walks on headland or in the hills, culture, history and fine wines and food. Banyuls is proud of its Catalan history with its marina, Sardane dancing, music and jollity and is a very 'french' resort with lots of local character. It is equally delightful in the bustle of the high season or the quiet and charm of the Spring and Autumn.

More Details

Ruth McNeil
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
10 June, 2018

About Ruth McNeil

My husband is a doctor and I studied French at University (so I do speak some French). We both have a love of France and of all things that relate to the rather historic side of this coast and coastal area - the Romanesque, the monasteries, forts and castles on both the French and the Spanish sides. And the mountains so near!

Ruth McNeil purchased this apartment in 2010

Why Ruth McNeil chose Banyuls-sur-Mer

We fell in love with this property, (the French call it a 'coup de coeur'), because of its location in the centre of the old quarter of Banyuls, the Cap D'Osne. We had not known it existed until we went on a walk up the rue St. Pierre and discovered it almost by accident.

What makes this apartment unique

We have children and grandchildren so we wanted somewhere where they could be safe to play, yet near to the shops and to both the central beach and Plage des Elmes. This fitted the bill and with the courtyard it meant that one could be outside a lot in the summer. The bougainvillea in the front and back make for a stunning flower display. The old stone building of the house means that the apartment keeps a relatively stable temperature - not too cold in the winter or hot in the summer.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Banyuls-sur-Mer in Pyrénées-Orientales

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 516 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Flask
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This second bathroom situated off the courtyard
  • The bathrooms have been recently totally refitted with all new facilities. In the main bathroom (the en suite) there is a washbasin, toilet and bath with shower. In the courtyard bathroom there is a washbasin, large shower and toilet. All are brand new, installed in 2011.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • There is a large double bed in the main bedroom. There are two single beds in the second bedroom. There is a sofa bed in the living room. The large bedroom has a large wardrobe and drawers, the second bedroom has hanging space and a capacious chest of drawers.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Terrace ...
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This is a relatively small flat but in a charming and historic quarter. It has what you need in terms of clothes washing, cooking and drying facilities but does not boast much by way of other lavish equipment. However, it has all that is necessary to have a delightful holiday and is within minutes of all the facilities that the town provides. The interior open courtyard is shaded in part in the heat of the summer when it is useful to get out of the direct sun but most of the courtyard is always open to blue sky. The courtyard provides a safe and peaceful place to put up your feet, for entertainment or for children to play in complete safety or is the ideal place for a mediterranean al fresco meal. The seating space in the front faces South and can be bathed in sunshine year round. There is a larger table and chairs for eating in the courtyard and a small table and chairs for the front.


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(21 traveller reviews)

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Banyuls holiday apartment near sea, 2-4
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 21 reviews

As always - a wonderful place and a wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We visited Banyuls for the third time and enjoyed every minute! Ruth's home is a blessing, a refuge within the refuge of Banyuls - a bit of a second home for our children and us! We love to come and hope to return next year!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Josef - and we very much hope you will return next year!
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Perfect location and facilities - we will go back

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in the apartment, it had just enough space for us and our two girls (2 and 4) and all of the facilities we needed. The location is perfect for Banyuls amongst the old lanes and alleyways and is close to everything you need but also far away enough to be nice and quiet. The courtyard provides extra space for the kids to play during the day and there are DVDs, books and toys available for down time after a day on the beach. Wifi is really useful too. We will definitely go back to Banyuls and this will be the first place we look to book.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Richard. Delighted you and your family enjoyed Banyuls, the appartment and location - and hope, yes, that we may see you back there one day. Ruth McNeil
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A hidden gem in the south of France

  • 5 of 5

Small, clean , well equipped apt in the old part of the town just as described in the information and photos. It has everything you need for a holiday. It is well located within 5 minutes to the train, bus, town plaza, the sea and local square yet is so quiet with no car traffic on these old streets. The owner and local contact go beyond what is expected to make your stay memorable . Detailed information was on site and any questions answered before and during the trip in a timely manner. Pamela, the local contact was extremely friendly and obliging . She even met us and took us back to the train station on our arrival and departure as my husband recently had knee surgery. Despite less than ideal weather we had a wonderful holiday and experienced the pleasures of small French town life with it's French and Catalan cultures and without all the tourists. Being in winter meant that many places were closed but one can still get everything one needs. On a wet day the apt has a good selection of DVD's satellite TV and books so one is never bored. The hiking in this area is amazing and you would need years to explore all the well marked trails. Local " associations " run regular hikes if you wanted to join their groups but you need to pay a one year membership ( only 25 euro ) and have medical clearance to be part of their groups. Thank you Ruth and Pam . We had a super holiday . We hope to come back again .

  • Review Submitted: 21-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Aileen, really pleased all went well. Am quite keen at some point to get to know the Ollada and Fete de l'Orange myself!
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Perfect Apartment!

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely apartment, perfect for us as a couple but it would also be ideal for a family. It is very well appointed with everything you need, and is a 2- to 10-minute walk from just about everywhere you need to go in Banyuls. We appreciated the little fireplace-stove on a few days when it was chilly in the mornings. The shops in rue St-Pierre, especially the charcuterie, are terrific and you can easily prepare meals (including, for us, Christmas dinner) in the fully-equipped kitchen. There's lots of excellent hiking in the area, sight-seeing, excursions to nearby towns including Perpignan on the 1-euro bus (definitely the best deal going!), or you can just relax on one of the terraces, and wander down to the beachfront to watch the petanque players in the late afternoon. The hosts are lovely and we had everything we needed. Can't wait to come back!! - Barbara and Gordon, from Canada.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superbe séjour dans un appartement plein de charme

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un superbe séjour dans cet appartement très mignon, plein de charme, très fonctionnel et très confortable. Idéal pour un couple avec enfants ou pour deux couples car il y a deux salles de bain. Nous avons beaucoup profité de la cours à l'arrière de l'appartement qui propose de l'ombre une bonne partie de la journée. Situé au cœur du vieux Banyuls et de ses ruelles fleuries, il est à 5 minutes à pied des commerces et de la plage : pas besoin de voiture. Les propriétaires sont adorables et soucieux de répondre à tous nos besoins !

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci!
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Spacious and well equipped apartment.

  • 3 of 5

The propery was a lovely traditional building situated in a very attractive area. Very clean and spacious and we particularly liked the courtyard.

Banyuls sur Mer is a lovely town with lots of good restaurants. There was entertainment in the square every night we were there. Also the 1 euro bus was fantastic for sightseeing, no need for a car!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good to hear of your experiences. Pleased you took advantage of the 1 euro bus rides - they are such good value along the coast and to Perpignan and rarely any way near full.
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Nearest Airport
43 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
In Banyuls town
Nearest Ferry
999 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
St. Cyprien
Nearest Train
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
33 Kilometres
Le Boulou
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
In Banyuls town
Nearest Ski
127 Kilometres
Les Angles
Nearest Beach
0.1 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Situated on the Cote Vermeille in the South of France, this beautiful apartment is located in the resort of Banyuls sur Mer and is ideally placed to explore all the delights this wonderful and unspoilt coastline has to offer. The town itself dates back to Roman times and is steeped in history. In addition to its palm-lined waterfront and promenade, there is a good selection of restaurants and cafes offering local wines and specialist local cuisine. There are many wine cellars offering free tastings of the famous Banyuls aperitif wines.

Banyuls is one of three famous coastal villages - Collioure with its boutiques and artists galleries, Port Vendres with its port and brightly painted houses and Banyuls itself. To the South, within half an hour following the coast road with marvellous views over the Mediterranean, is Spain and the Costa Brava with its coastal resorts such as Rosas, Figueras, Cadaques and Girona. Nearby too is the historic Catalan city of Perpignan offering good shopping, museums and a variety of restaurants, cinemas and theatres. Perpignan also hosts many other local events such as music festivals and international photography - details also available from the Tourist Office. Perpignan is the local administrative and hospital centre. Barcelona is a day trip.

For sports lovers, there are all the activities associated with the sea, including diving/sub aqua courses, sailing and swimming, snorkelling, windsurfing and kayaking. The famous aquarium has just been expanded and is in a new building. The well known marina in Banyuls draws those of the yachting community and the 'sentier souterain ' (underwater path) in the protected waters of Banyuls/Cerbere draws divers and snorkellers. Boat trips out to sea for fishing or coastal sight seeing can be found nearby. For beaches, in Banyuls there are a variety of open beaches for sun bathing and smaller creeks for rock pooling and crabbing - the two main beaches are the town beach in front of the town promenade and Plage des Elmes to the side, both easily accessible by foot from the apartment. Nearby too, accessible by car and public transport, is the beach at Paulilles and just beyond Collioure is Argeles sur Mer with its 7 kilometres of sandy beach for serious sun bathers. Argeles also has water parks and amusements popular with children.

For walkers from Banyuls there are good coastal paths and good hiking in the hills nearby with marked trails and local bike hire also available. Golfers have the choice of St. Cyprien and two other interesting courses just over the border in Spain. Children may prefer the mini golf on the promenade at Banyuls! Bird watchers and flower lovers have the advantage of a variety of environments, riverine, coastal or inland.

For more serious culture lovers, there are Romanesque churches and chapels in Banyuls and the nearby areas, and the Aristide Maillol museum for those who enjoy sculpture and an interesting walk into the hinterland. Many celebrations are held round the year in the resort with local bands, wine tastings, processions, entertainments and fireworks - fetes of all sorts celebrating the wine harvest and other notable dates in the calendar such as "fete de l'orange". There are particular festivities in the summer on Thursday evenings, sometimes with Sardana dancing. The local market held on Thursday and Saturday mornings is just 1 minute walk away.

The apartment itself is situated on one of the pedestrian streets of the Old Quarter of Banyuls. Walkers come and explore as there are many interesting winding streets, unusual houses and places of interest to see. Rue Camille Pelletan with its flowers and lemon and orange trees is one of the particular places people enjoy visiting; there is a little garden, the Jardin de Josette, just opposite the apartment, now one of the stops on the new scenic walking route - "In the steps of Aristide".

There is very good parking at the nearby station car park and road access nearby for unloading, but this apartment would not suit people who have difficulty in walking. The walk into the town (just two minutes away - very close) can be either down a flight of steps (Rue St. Pierre) or via a more gentle route, the Allee Mazarin. Children can play in a very safe environment round the apartment as there is no traffic - they love this freedom. All enjoy the seclusion of the courtyard, good for children or for adults who want some peace and quiet. Great for al fresco meals too.

There is room to sit out at the front and the back, so you can always find sun or shade, whichever suits.

The apartment is in an old house with beams but has been recently modernised so combines the best of tradition with a light and airy environment and well equipped kitchen and bathrooms.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Banyuls-sur-Mer, Pyrenees-Orientales

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
mid season
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
1 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
mid season, autumn
2 Sep 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The owner of the property is happy to accept currency in pounds or in Euros or in other currencies if agreed in advance. Normally 20% is expected as a deposit to confirm the reservation and the remainder four weeks before the date the property is booked. Changeover is normally on a Saturday but can be negotiable outside busier periods.
Bed linen and towels are not included but are available.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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