Port Vendres is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department, southwestern France. A typical Mediterranean fishing port, situated near the Spanish border on the Côte Vermeille in southwestern France, and is renowned for its numerous fish and seafood restaurants.
Located on the rocky coast of the Mediterranean (called the Vermilion Coast) at the gates of Spain, Port Vendres is a natural deep-water harbour. Here the sea meets with the mountains and offers a beautiful natural setting. Sandy beaches, pebble coves, lipids are assessing water swimming and underwater activities. The back country, culminating at 650 m to the Tower Madeloc, offers magnificent views of the Catalan coast and varied walks through picturesque vineyards and terraces hamlet.
Port Vendres has beaches, but they are a short distance away from the town centre, about 3 km. The three principal beaches are in the attractive bay of Paulilles and two of these have lifeguards in July and August. There are several smaller beaches in the inlets between the rocks if you are searching for a bit of solitude and various activities such as fishing, cruises and sailing are also available.
Port Vendres has been an active harbour since the 6th century. In the 17th century, Louis XIV asked Vauban to turn Port Vendres into a military base with appropriate defences. Vauban built the Fanal Redoubt, the Bear Redoubt and the Presqu’ile Redoubt, although the latter was destroyed apart from its clock tower to allow the port to be enlarged in the 1930s.
Your visit to Port Vendres will centre on the colourful port, which is a pleasant place for a promenade and where you can see Vauban’s defences: Fort Fanal – the Redoute du Fanal – with its green lighthouse sits to the North of the Port.
The warmest month of the year is July, with an average temperature of 23.3 °C. January has the lowest average temperature of the year. It is 7.0 °C. On average, there are 108.13 hours of sunshine per month.
Perpignan is the closest airport to Port Vendres, being just a 30 minute drive away. Both Montpellier and Barcelona are a 2 hour 15 minute drive from Port Vendres.