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23 March 2024  |  Tourism

Holidaying in the Pyrenees Orientales, south of France

If you're looking for a destination that's both picturesque and rich in diversity, look no further than the Pyrenees Orientales. Nestled in the south of France, the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea offer a unique holiday experience, combining breathtaking landscapes, rich Catalan culture and a multitude of activities for all tastes and ages. Here's why holidays in the Eastern Pyrenees are the so popular.

Explore Nature

The Eastern Pyrenees are a paradise for nature lovers. From snow-capped peaks to green valleys, crystal clear lakes and rushing rivers, and pleasant Mediterranean beaches. Every corner of this region is full of natural wonders to discover. Hikers can venture out on the well-maintained trails that wind through the mountains, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and diverse flora and fauna at every turn.

Immerse yourself in Catalan Culture

The Eastern Pyrenees are imbued with the vibrant atmosphere of Catalan culture. From medieval villages to bustling cities like Perpignan, you'll discover history and tradition around every corner. Be sure to visit the local markets, where you can taste fresh produce and meet talented artisans. Catalan gastronomy is also not to be missed, with its deliciously prepared dishes and renowned regional wines.

The beautiful beaches

The Pyrenees Orientales are not only famous for their majestic mountains, but also for their magnificent Mediterranean beaches. Here is an overview of the most beautiful beaches in this beautiful region where you can relax, eat on the terrace and swim: Argelès-sur-Mer is home to one of the longest sandy beaches in the region, offering almost 7 kilometers of golden coastline. This beach is popular for its laid-back vibe, clear, shallow waters, and many recreational activities, including sailing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.


Collioure beach, with its picturesque setting, is one of the most charming in the Eastern Pyrenees. Nestled between the cliffs and the royal castle, this small cove offers a tranquil atmosphere and crystal clear waters perfect for snorkeling. Visitors can also stroll the colorful streets of the nearby town.


Port-Vendres is home to several secluded coves and pebble beaches, offering visitors a quiet refuge from the crowds. These picturesque coves are ideal for relaxing and enjoying the tranquility of the Mediterranean. Additionally, scuba diving enthusiasts will find fascinating spots to explore here.

Great adventures

Whether you are an extreme sports enthusiast or a lover of relaxation, the Pyrenees Orientales has something to offer everyone. The activities are varied: from skiing and snowboarding in winter to water sports on the Mediterranean coast in summer with many outdoor activities to enjoy the sun. Thrill seekers can try their hand at paragliding, canyoning or rock climbing, while those looking to relax can take advantage of the area's many spas and wellness centers.

Discover a rich historical heritage

The Eastern Pyrenees are home to a treasure trove of historical and architectural sites to explore. From medieval hilltop castles to ancient Romanesque churches dotted across the countryside, each monument tells a fascinating story of the region. History buffs will also enjoy the local museums, which highlight the unique history and culture of the Pyrenees Orientales.

Holidays in the Eastern Pyrenees offer an unforgettable experience, combining nature, culture, adventure and history in a picturesque setting. Whether you are looking for an active getaway or a quiet retreat, this region of southern France will seduce you with its beauty and diversity. So, get ready to experience unforgettable moments during your next adventure in the Pyrenees Orientales.

If you own a secondary property that you would like to rent out in the Pyrénées Orientales, do not hesitate to contact Pure France.

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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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