Things to do when camping in Pyrenees-Orientales
The coastal sprawl of the Pyrenees-Orientales boasts stunning beaches and no shortage of cultural attractions, along with plenty to do for the kids.
There are several beaches near our selection of campsites, where the bright blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea gently lap against blissful sands of gold. Racou Beach in Argelès-sur-Mer, Sana Beach in Banyuls sur Mer and Lido Beach at Canet en Roussillon rank among the best in the department.
Close to the border with Spain, the seaside resort of Collioure is a worthwhile commune to visit with a few tourist attractions. Château Royal de Collioure and Fort Saint-Elme are perched on rugged rocks that look out onto the sea and provide an inspiring and insightful place to visit, filled with history and wonder. The town has numerous lovely beaches and plenty of walking routes that take you along the beautiful coastline.
Along with 9km of fine sandy beaches, some boasting Blue Flag status, the inviting town of Canet-en-Roussillon wows visitors with the Têt River and its gorgeous walking trails. Wine lovers will savour a visit to the Castle of Esparrou, a vineyard and winery that offers tours and tastings.
The largest city of the department, Perpignan displays its Catalan influence and boasts several notable points of interest for holidaymakers. A stunning gothic building from the 13th century, the Palace of the Kings of Majorca features a fort and picturesque gardens. Other highlights of the city include the Natural History Museum, Mas Baux Winery, Le Castillet and Perpignan Cathedral.
There’s plenty for kids to do on a camping holiday in Pyrenees-Orientales, with amazing slides and rides awaiting at Canyoning Park Water Park in Perpignan and Aqualand Saint Cyprien. Entertaining but educational days out can be enjoyed at The Tropic of Butterfly Park, Marin du Golfe du Lion Natural Park and Discovery Farm Saint-André.
Venturing deep into the hinterland of the department will enthral lovers of walking, hiking and cycling trips. The area is rich in green fields, rugged hilltops, rivers and wonderful panoramic views. Carlit Mountain is one such summit where you can enjoy nice walking trails and amazing vistas. The Gorge De Galamus is a stunning chasm where a range of thrilling outdoor activities can be enjoyed, especially canyoning.
The region also features a selection of cultural attractions, namely the Abbaye Saint-Martin-du-Canigou and Château de Puilaurens. The Regional Park of the Catalan Pyrenees is a nature reserve steeped in natural beauty and wonderful landscapes.