Voyage to The Gateway of Historic Adventures

When you travel to Port-Vendres, be prepared for your imagination to kick into over-drive. Charming red roofs and stone buildings will invite romantic notions about how life once was in this important commercial port.

As the key to many ancient routes, Port-Vendres has been welcoming travellers for hundreds of years. The tradition goes back to when the Romans named it Portus Veneris after Venus, the goddess of love, and her temple offered good fortune to mariners.

If you really want to get lost in the fantastical qualities of the area, take a quick jaunt to some of the nearby towns. You could head to Cadaqués, a charming town just over the border in Spain that has hosted some of the most famous and influential artists of the modern era. In fact, Salvador Dalí lived here and his home has been turned into a world-famous museum. “Well, hello Dali!”

Or simply hang out in Port-Vendres and enjoy the local sights and perhaps a meal of fresh seafood like sea perch, tuna, or sardines paired with the region’s renowned Collioure wines, followed by a Banyuls dessert wine.


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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.

Fanal Redoubt & Béar Redoubt

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Fanal Redoubt & Béar Redoubt

Fanal Redoubt & Béar Redoubt

Louis XIV was the one who ordered renowned military engineer of the time, Marquis de Vauban, to turn Port-Vendres from a legendary commercial port into a defensible naval base. The two remaining redoubts stand watch over the town, as they have through hundreds of years of naval history.


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Nestled into the Côte Vermeille, Port-Vendres is surrounded by a winding coastline of protected bays, beautiful little beaches, and hidden coves. Get a view from the vineyards of Banyuls in the hills above the coast, or take a good book to the beaches of Paulilles, a protected natural and historical site.

Port-Vendres, France At a glance

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Size: 14.77 KM2 (5.70 MI2)
Population: 4,594
Density: 311 Pop/KM2 (120 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +33

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