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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.

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