Port-Vendres (Portvendres) is a typical Mediterranean fishing port and commune located in Pyrenees-Orientales department, southern France. It covers a total area of approx 14,77 km2 (5,70 ml2) and has a population of around 4,600 people (2006 census).
- Situated only 15 km (9,3 ml) from the Spanish frontier and Costa Brava on Cote Vermeille, Port Vendres is in Roussillon, one of the most beautiful regions in France along the Mediterranean coast.
- It has always been a merchant port. Roman ships used to call there in ancient times in order to shelter against bad weather. The construction of fortifications began during the reign of King Louis XVI. In 1870 the port was expanded for the second time during France's colonization of Algeria.
- Charles De Wailly (1730-1798), architect and painter to the king, built a 30 m (98 ft) high marble obelisk that has become a focal point of the commune of Port-Vendres.
- In commemoration of the construction of the obelisk, Fete de Mailly takes place in Port-Vendres every September. The day starts with fancy dress parade through the streets and re-enactment of the placing of obelisk's first stone, rides in a carriage, historical games, circus workshops, Xim Xim concert (with traditional dance music), Catalan ballet, bandana game (jeu de foulard), enactment of pirate fight, and so on.
- Port-Vendres is among the few deep-water ports in that part of the Mediterranean coast. It takes cruise ships and freighters, as well as small and large fishing boats which may be seen cruising with the daily catch.
- Just 2 km from the port is the Catalan village of Collioure. Located inland is Ceret, with charms that attracted some of the most famous artists of 20th century, including Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Juan Gris. Visit the Musee d'Art Modern, featuring works by the masters who took residence there, as well as other artists. Arles-sur-Tech is outside Ceret and the splendid 9th-century Romanesque abbey, including outstanding cloister.
- Port-Vendres is famous for its numerous fish & sea food restaurants.
Highlights: Collioure, Perpignan, Carcassonne
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