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 www.train1euro.fr). 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.