31 August 2021  |  Holidays, Tourism

Cerbère - an art deco seaside town with hidden coves

Cerbère is a small fishing village preserved from large-scale tourism. It is a lively village in all seasons. Cerbère station is the terminus before the Spanish border. An unusual building in the shape of a boat is a must: the Belvédère du Rayon vert aparthotel. Built in the 1930s, Orson Welles, Michèle Morgan, Gina Llolobrigida, Bourvil or Francis Blanche stayed there. From the terrace of the apartments you may be able to observe the famous green ray, which recalls the film by Eric Rohmer.



Belvédère Le Rayon Vert


Pebble and rocky beaches all around. Very pleasant and not crowded even in the height of summer. You can also dive all year round at the Cap Cerbère centre. The nature reserve is not far away and promises you wonderful funds: https://www.plongee-cap-cerbere.com

Cap Cerbère




Sea activities:

The underwater trail in the heart of the nature reserve You will swim and observe the first marine nature reserve in France. Located on the island of Grosse, at the exit of the port of Banyuls and Cap Peyferite, it is home to more than 1200 animal species: molluscs, sponges, fish and 500 hectares of plant species, which shape the underwater landscape.

Heritage discoveries not to be missed

  • Visit of the Hotel du Belvédère of Art Deco architecture with a unique double Italian staircase.

  • Walk through the village of Cerbère admiring the old residences of freight forwarders where you can learn the history of the "orange transporters"

  • Discover two works from the workshops of Gustave Eiffel: in particular the glass roof of the Cerbère station and the embankments of the station.

  • The port of Cerbère with colorful Catalan boats that have been restored (walking on board possible)

Mountaiun activities

5 hiking trails. - The Valley of the Deer - The partridge path The coastal path will allow you to walk along the coast and see the creeks accessible on foot, but also by canoe, kayak. Some hikes overlook the sea at incredible heights in a wild landscape. You can also enjoy mountain biking around Cerbère.

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Virginie Erre

After gaining a Masters Degree from the Panthéon Sorbonne, I worked as a real-estate agent for luxury properties and now am a manager with Pure France high quality holiday rentals. I am also a yoga instructor.

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