Beaches near Argeles sur Mer
The huge beach at Argelès
7 km of fine sandy beaches perfect for playing, relaxing, bathing and enjoying all kinds of water sports activities. Around a dozen sailing clubs, beach clubs or water sports activities can be found along this massive beach. Six lifeguard stations keep a careful eye on the bathers for everyone's security. For a great family holiday with children, you simply can't go wrong when you choose a mobile home at Argelès-sur-mer.
Situated between the great beach and the rocky coast, Le Racou is a well-preserved site. With its attractive fishermen’s huts and its sandy narrow streets, the unique atmosphere here offers a welcome change of scenery. A little corner of paradise!
The Porteils creeks
These are said to be the finest in Argelès. The largest of them (180 m) is a marvellous little pebble-strewn refuge, with this being a listed Conservatoire du Littoral site (coastal protection agency).
They can be reached via the coastal road between Le Racou and Collioure.
The Banyuls-sur-mer nature reserve
Created in 1974, this was France's first marine nature reserve. It spans some 6.5 kms of coastline and 650 hectares between Banyuls and Cerbère. In its 40-year existence, it has made it possible to increase the populations of almost all typical Mediterranean species, whether flora or fauna. Don't miss the underwater trail, a fun and educational attraction to be enjoyed as a family.
The underwater trail
Beginning at Peyrefite beach, the underwater trail is a "must-see" attraction. Allow yourself to be guided by the little starfish Astrée, who talks to you through … your snorkel! She'll take you through each of the five stages along the trail, which has a total length of 500 m (round trip) to discover the underwater meadows, the faults and all the fish waiting to accompany you. You’ll need to be able to swim well. Anti-exposure clothing is recommended. The trail is monitored by lifeguards during opening hours. Free admission. Equipment available for hire (afternoons only).
The Canet pool
Situated to the north of Argelès-sur-Mer, the Canet pool is home to a rare ecosystem. More than 200 migratory bird species take refuge here. With a surface area of almost 5 km2, its depth does not exceed 1 m. This protected Natura 2000 site proposes exhibitions on fishing and wildlife in the heart of a small, unique fisherman’s village, where the small huts have been skilfully restored using traditional materials. What's more, the view over the Canigou is particularly impressive!