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WHERE TO STAY Camping La Chapelle Avenue du Tech 66700, Argeles-sur-Mer 011-33-4-68-81-28-14 camping-la-chapelle.co.uk Two minutes from the beach, La Chapelle boasts a pool, bar and breezy tree-lined streets. Mobile homes and camping pitches can be hired from the campsite itself or a number of companies, including Eurocamp and Vacansoleil. In high season (July 7 to Aug. 26), camping pitches start at $42.40 per night; a four-person mobile home is $1,030 for a week during the same period. Camping La Sirene Route de Taxo 66700, Argeles-sur-Mer 011-33-4-68-81-04-61 camping-lasirene.fr/en Five-star La Sirene boasts a huge water park, a restaurant, shops, shows and plenty more. Prices reflect its status: a four-person mobile home will set you back $1,344 for a week in mid-August. WHERE TO EAT O Malassi 30 Allee Jules Aroles 66700, Argeles-sur-Mer 011-33-4-68-21-74-27 bit.ly/OMalassi This tapas bar, located on the seafront at Argeles, offers a simple menu: the mountain board (cured ham, saucisson, pate and other charcuterie) at $19.30 and the sea board (fresh mussels, prawns, squid and a variety of other seafood) at $21.40 are very good. La Bartavelle 24 Rue de la Republique 66700, Argeles-sur-Mer 011-33-6-19-25-70-13 restaurant-labartavelle.fr/home.html Awarded a Bib Gourmand in the latest Michelin Guide, La Bartavelle is the place to come for more sophisticated grub. There are set menus at $30 and $39.60. Ty’ Breizh Rond-Point de l’Arrivee 66700, Argeles-sur-Mer 011-33-6-79-47-11-80 bit.ly/Ty’Breizh This excellent fishmonger is a small restaurant, too: Pick what you want from the impressive display of fish and other seafood and the chef will cook it for you. Prices vary, but six oysters and a glass of white wine will cost you $8.50, while a twoperson “plateau de fruits de mer” — featuring oysters, crab, mussels and more — will run you $26.45.
WHAT TO DO Chateau Royal de Collioure (Royal Collioure Castle) Le Village 66190, Collioure 011-33-4-68-82-06-43 Collioure’s historic significance is highlighted by the huge Chateau Royal de Collioure, founded in the 13th century, that overlooks the bay. (Admission costs $4.30; free for children 11 and younger.) This ravishing town, a few miles down the coast from Argeles, offers plenty for the committed viewseeker plus an unusually high number of art galleries and some so-so restaurants. One peculiarity is the presence of French special forces, who use the town for training. A boat from Port Argeles costs $14. Book at roussilloncroisieres.com.
La Aigmes de Valmy (Valmy Eagle Sanctuary) Chemin de Valmy 66700, Argeles-sur-Mer 011-33-4-68-81-67-32 en.lesaiglesdevalmy.com Perfect for animal-loving children, this bird sanctuary is a few minutes’ drive from Argeles. Admission costs $10.20; $7 for children.
‘La Grande Balade’ — Coastal boat trip Compagnie Visionaute, Quai Marco Polo 66700, Argeles-sur-Mer 011-33-6-33-04-21-37 compagnie-visionaute.com Take a boat down the Catalan coast as far as Port-Vendres, taking in a variety of tranquil bays where you can study the sea-life through the boat’s glass hull. Admission costs $17.20; $8.60 for children 5 and older; free for younger kids.