Tourism in the Pyrénées-Orientales
Pyrénées Orientales: ideal tourist destination
Bathed in Catalan culture, both maritime and mountainous, between ancient strongholds of the Knights Templar and brief possessions of the kings of Majorca, the department of Pyrénées-Orientales is a multifaceted destination that has something for everyone. Exceptional natural sites, lively seaside resorts, a sublime architectural heritage and authentic villages with preserved ancestral traditions await you.
Bordering Spain at Cerbère on the Catalan coast and Perthus in the Albères massif, the 66 offers a multitude of possibilities for leisure activities and outings: water and aquatic sports, cultural visits, hiking and mountain biking circuits, lazing around, urban leisure activities, historical discoveries, folklore demonstrations, or tasting of local products. To discover absolutely during your camping holidays in the Pyrénées Orientales.
What to do in the Pyrénées-Orientales : Sports & Animations
Whether on the coast or inland, the Catalan Country offers a wide variety of leisure activities to its visitors. The amount of sunshine in the region makes it ideal for water sports : the Catalan coast is punctuated by renowned seaside resorts such as Argelès-sur-Mer, Saint-Cyprien, Banyuls-sur-Mer, or Port-Barcarès. Boat hire, sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, jet skiing, wake-boarding, kayaking or towed buoys, the list of activities to do by the sea is long!
Ideal for families, the sea trip can be done on a glass-bottomed boat to discover the richness of the coastal waters. Many beach clubs offer intergenerational activities such as Paddle or initiation to sailing, but also sensational leisure activities such as parasailing and towed buoys.
Snorkeling enthusiasts can take the marked underwater trail of Cerbère-Banyuls.
The 66 is also a department that is easy to discover by bike: the Vélittorale and the Véloroute en pays Pyrénées Méditerranée allow, respectively, to discover the coast and the hinterland.
Numerous mountain bike circuits also cover the region, notably the Albères massif. During your stay in the Pyrénées-Orientales, you will also enjoy many activities: local markets and night markets, major festivals such as Les Déferlantes d’Argelès, or typical Catalan festivals.
Visit the Pyrénées-Orientales: places of interest
Among the many sites to visit around your campsite in Saint-Cyprien, a few are particularly unmissable. In Perpignan, don’t miss the palace of the kings of Majorca in southern Gothic style as well as the monumental cathedral of Saint-Jean-Baptiste, which is the largest religious building in the region.
Pearl of the Vermeille coast, the royal castle of Collioure offers from its covered way a magnificent panorama over the whole bay. The Pyrénées-Orientales are also small villages with preserved authenticity such as Canet en Roussillon, Saint-André and Palau-del-Vidre, famous for its art glass factories.
Not far from Saint-Cyprien, the upper town of Elne is home to an impressive cathedral and its marble cloister, testimony to its former status as the episcopal see of Roussillon. In the north of the department, leaning against the Corbières, the fortress of Salses is a perfectly preserved defensive work, built in the 15th century by the Spanish Catholic kings.
In the Aude, only an hour and a half drive from Cala Gogo, is the exceptional fortified city of Carcassonne. If you stay at the Cala Gogo campsite between Saint-Cyprien and Argelès-sur-Mer, you can also easily drive to the Spanish side of the Costa Brava: don’t miss the unusual architecture of the Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres, the emblem of the city considered to be the last great work of the surrealist artist.