The gateway to historic adventures
Located in the south of France, and on the Mediterranean Sea close to the Spanish border, Port-Vendres dates back to 6th century BC, and has been an important fishing and commercial port ever since. Today, popular day excursions include visits to such major nearby sites as Carcassonne and Cadaquès, or taking the Train Jaune de Cerdagne for a ride linking Villefranche-de-Conflent to La Tour-de-Carol and filled with stunning landscapes.
Stay in the city center and explore the monuments of famed military engineer Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, as well as the permanent exhibition dedicated to renowned Scottish architect and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who spent a great deal of time in Port-Vendres. Complete your day with fresh local seafood like sea perch, tuna, and sardines paired with the region’s renowned Collioure wines, then followed by a famed Banyuls dessert wine.
In Port-Vendres, the main museum is the town itself. Wander the city center and explore the monuments of famed military engineer Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, as well as the permanent exhibition dedicated to Charles Rennie Mackintoshb at the Dome Gardens. Make sure you cap the day off with a tasting of the region’s renowned Collioure wines.
The walled, medieval city of Carcassonne is truly a marvel. Cross the Auld River on the Pont Vieux to explore the fortified city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and be sure to discover the Basilica of St. Nazaire and the Carcassonne Cathedral.
Port-Vendres (Carcassonne), France At a glance