Port-Vendres (Portvendres) is a Mediterranean cruise port, fishing port and town in France's Occitania region (Pyrenees-Orientales/Northern Catalonia department, Roussillon province), with population around 5,000. Portvendres is only 15 km (9 mi) from the France-Spain border (Catalonia's Costa Brava). Just 3 km / 2 mi (by road) to the north is Collioure.
Portvendres is also the cruise port for Perpignan (Perpignan Mediterranee Metropole's capital city and Roussillon's historic capital). Perpignan is located approx 33 km / 20 mi to the north-northwest (~0,5 hours drive distance) via RD914 (scenic route connecting Perpignan with Cerbere/near the Spanish border). From Port-Vendres, Perpignan is accessed on cruise shore excursions (bus tours). Tours departing from Portvendres also visit Carcassonne, Collioure, Banyuls-sur-Mer.
Port Vendres (locode FRPOV) was founded by the Romans as a merchant port and is one of France's few deepwater Mediterranean ports. In 1870, during France's colonization of Algeria (North Africa) the seaport was expanded for the second time. Portvendres handles cruise ships and cargo ships, as well as small and large fishing boats.
Construction of fortifications started in the 18th century during Louis XVI (1754-1793, France's last king). Charles De Wailly (1730-1798, Louis XVI's architect and painter) built a 30 m (98 ft) high marble obelisk that is now become the town's focal point. In the obelisk's commemoration is annually held (in September) the Fete de Mailly festival that features a fancy-dress street parade, re-enactment of the obelisk's first stone placing, carriage rides, historical circus games, live concert (traditional dance music), Catalan ballet, bandana game, pirate fight enactment.
The town is also popular among tourists for its numerous seafood restaurants.
Port Port-Vendres cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Port-Vendres, France, Perpignan. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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