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08 May 2024  |  Nature , Tourism

Banyuls-sur-mer, a small picturesque village

Banyuls-sur-mer is a pretty, picturesque little village located on the Mediterranean Coast in the Pyrénées-Orientales department, it is one of the hidden treasures of the south of France. Known for its spectacular scenery, renowned wines and welcoming ambiance. Banyuls is an ideal destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of big cities and enjoy a more relaxed pace of life.

The village of Banyuls sur mer

As you walk through the streets of Banyuls-sur-Mer, you will be charmed by its pretty streets, its beautiful little houses and lively squares. With their clear waters and spectacular surrounding landscapes, it provides an ideal setting for relaxation and water activities. You can go scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing or simply enjoy the sun on the warm sand.

The wine of Banyuls-sur-mer

Banyuls-sur-mer and the surrounding area are known for their good, sweet and natural wine: Banyuls wine. Produced from Grenache grapes, this wine is often used as a dessert wine and known for its sweetness and rich flavors. You can visit local wineries to taste different types of wine and learn about the wine production process that makes this wine unique.

Hikes and pretty hikes

The surroundings of Baynuls-sur-Mer offer numerous hiking possibilities. The coastal path is part of the famous GR10 trail which offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding mountains. It's a great way to experience the natural beauty of the area while staying active.

From Cap Béar to Banyuls-Sur-Mer

Departing from Banyuls sur mer, the coastal path provides access either to the north of Paulilles – towards Cap Béar and beyond towards Port-Vendres – or to the south, towards Cerbère towards Spain. The coastal path offers exceptional views and remarkable viewpoints. You can enjoy the small wild coves accessible only on foot to rest or take a bath.

Culture and events

Banyuls-sur-mer hosts many cultural events throughout the year. Music festivals, local markets and traditional celebrations add life to the village and offer visitors a glimpse of Catalan culture.

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Amélie Roca

I am a Community Manager for Pure France as well as the host of Pure France TV, presenting high quality rental homes all over France.

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