From 26/04 to 28/08

Tourism in Pyrénées Orientales

If our 5 star campsite in the Pyrénées Orientales has all the ingredients to offer you the vacation of your dreams at Torreilles-Torreilles Plage – whether it be sporting, aquatic or simply relaxing – it would be a shame not to take advantage of the magnificent riches of the region. This department is located in the southwest of France in the Occitanie region and the Catalan part of the Pyrenees (shared with Spain). Compose your tourist stay between idleness, activities and discovery thanks to our guide of the inescapable.

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Discover the beauty of the Eastern Pyrenees

From your vacation rental or your campsite, discover this territory of sea and mountain bordering Spain. Strongly impregnated by the Catalan culture, the Pyrenees-Orientales offer a wide range of activities and sites to discover.

From the coastal plains marked by the short-lived but powerful kingdom of Mallorca to the Templar strongholds scattered in the hinterland, the destination is rich in a unique historical and architectural heritage. From our campsite in the Pyrenees Orientales by the sea, explore the Mediterranean coastline from the North to the South of Occitania. You will be able to discover the great destinations of the Eastern Pyrenees starting with Torreilles beach and the beautiful seaside resorts of the rocky and sandy coast, then move away in the massif of Albères and its rich natural diversity.

Visit the cities and natural sites of the Pyrénées Orientales

From the Vermeille coast to the Albères massif, the Pyrenees-Orientales are full of exceptional natural sites, age-old historical testimonies and architectural wonders.

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A must-see city in the Eastern Pyrenees and former capital of the kingdom of Majorca, don’t miss a visit to the Catalan city of Perpignan. Perpignan has kept intact its royal palace of southern gothic architecture and many other imposing historical monuments. In the old city center, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, built in the 14th century, is adjacent to the Romanesque church of St. John the Elder, the oldest religious building in the city. Jewel of the Vermeille coast, discover also the city of the painters of Collioure which owes its unique decoration to the royal castle which dominates its bay.

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The lands of the Pyrenees-Orientales contain many charming villages with a timeless atmosphere such as Palau-del-Vidre, famous for its glassworks, or Saint-André, an authentic village in the Albères. City of art and culture, former medieval bishopric, former episcopal seat of Roussillon and strategic city of the kingdom of Aragon, Elne preserves from its prosperous past its imposing cathedral Sainte-Eulalie -and-Sainte-Julie, its marble cloister and magnificent fortifications.

In the north of the Pyrénées-Orientales, the fortress of Salses built by the Spanish Catholic kings at the foot of the Corbières is a unique and extraordinarily well-preserved example of a 15th century defensive work. On the side of Rivesaltes, the richness of the soil and the witnesses of a heavy historical past cohabit on the same territory, known for its vineyards as much as for its internment camp today transformed into a memorial. Another place where wine and history meet, Tautavel is a destination to be discovered with, on the program, the cave of the humans of Tautavel and the museum of prehistory. A land of contrasts, the Pyrenees-Orientales is also rich in an extraordinarily varied natural heritage, with a number of listed sites, including the unreal landscapes of organs of Ille-sur-Têtthe paradisiacal setting of thePaulilles cove or the great site of Canigou. Not to mention the yellow train of Cerdanya which takes you through the Regional Natural Park of the Catalan Pyrenees to meet the small Catalan villages.

Sports and cultural activities in the Pyrénées-Orientales

On the mountain side or the sea side, the Catalan country offers an infinite variety of leisure activities. The mild climate favors the practice of outdoor activities, including many water sports and water recreation. As a family, solo or with friends, discover what to do in the Pyrenees Orientales to have fun and live an unforgettable stay.

Practice a nautical activity on the Mediterranean coast

FromArgelès-sur-Mer to Saint-Cyprien via Le Barcarès, the seaside resorts of the Pyrénées-Orientales are renowned for their leisure activities: kayaking, jet-skiing, wakesurfing, parasailing and towed buoys, sailing, diving and snorkeling, sea fishing or boat cruises. Sensational sports are offered alongside family leisure activities, introductory courses in various disciplines and intergenerational activities. The richness of the seabed of the Vermeille coast can be discovered by snorkeling along the path of the Cerbère-Banyuls Reserve.

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Explore the Catalan hinterland on foot or mountain bike

A paradise for cycling enthusiasts, the Pyrenees-Orientales is covered with cycling routes: from the Vélittorale to the mountain bike circuits in the Albères, via the Véloroute in the Pyrenees-Mediterranean region, there are so many itineraries that allow you to discover the jewels of the coast as well as the mountainous backcountry. From the famous “sentier pédestre des douaniers ” which runs along the entire Pyrenean coastline, a few hiking trails give access to the interior of the region and offer a sublime view of the surroundings. For example, the Madeloc Tower and Massane Tower circuits are among the most beautiful hikes to do in the Eastern Pyrenees.

Family fun in the parks and gardens of the Pyrenees

What activities to do with your family in the Eastern Pyrenees? To entertain young and old, there are many gardens and animal parks in the Eastern Pyrenees. In the summer, you can also stroll in the heart of botanical gardens for the awakening of the senses or solve enigmas during mysterious escape games. La Vallée des Tortues in Sorede and the EcoZonia zoo are two animal parks where you can get up close and personal with animals and discover species from all over the world. If you don’t know what to do when it rains, take shelter at the Biodiversarium in Banyuls sur Mer, an aquarium and oceanological observatory at the gateway to Spain.

Take advantage of the many cultural events and outings

Many animations, local festivities and cultural events mark the year in the Pyrénées-Orientales. During the season, you can enjoy local markets, famous music festivals such as the Déferlantes in Argelès, Catalan folk festivals or the Electrobeach Music Festival – EMF in Barcarès.

Do not hesitate to visit us at the reception of our campsite in Torreilles for any question or to contact us directly, our team will be happy to advise you on its favorites. You can also visit the official website of the Pyrénées Orientales for more inspiration.

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