The Les Criques de Porteils campsite is set in a stunning setting of terraces overlooking the sea, near the small colourful coastal village of Collioure. It is in the Languedoc Roussillon region of France near the border with Spain. The bustling tourist resort towns of Argelès-sur-Mer and Argeles Plage are only 3 km away with their 7 km long blue flag award sandy beach !
Les Criques de Porteils is ideal for a quiet family holiday or couples seeking a cultural retreat a short drive away from the tourist resort of Argelès Plage and Argelès sur Mer. Recent upgrades apparently include a new pool complex with slides, whirlpools and jet streams, the creation of a beach tennis court and they aim to have all the terraces of our rental units having a gate. You can walk from this lovely French campsite along the coastal path into Collioure (2 km) for a bite to eat in one of the many seafood restaurants.
The site has direct access to a pebbly beach down some steps and is only a short walk from a sandy beach. Premium pitches are also available from Eurocamp which offer a view. The parc also offer scuba diving. There can be strong winds on the site due to its proximity to the sea.
This campsite has had an enthusiastic new owner since 2006 and there are many plans for the campsite. A new organic vineyard has been planted at the heart of the campsite. And more activities are planned for children as well as more sporting activities. The site is a member of the prestigious Les Castels chains of french campsites.
If you are going to drive then here are the distances from the Channel Ports :
Visit Collioure and see the Bar du Templiers where young artists such as Picasso and Matisse would buy drinks with their paintings.
You will love its meandering narrow village streets filled with colour and the church tower right on the seafront.
There is a small tourist Petit Train which takes you on a spectacular journey around the local area ! http://www.petit-train-touristique.com/en/intro/collioure-and-port-vendres/guided-tour
Only 5km away, this popular resort offers a great 7km long sandy beach which has been awarded the blue flag for cleanliness. It also offers a range of excellent restaurants and shops as well as a marina. There are two nature reserves nearby, Mas Larrieu by the sea, and the nature reserve of La Massane forest in the heart of the Albères Mountains.
This music festival, featuring mainly French song and rock but with usually a few famous worldwide bands or individuals headlining, has taken place in Argelès-sur-Mer in July since 2007. It lasts three or four days.
A wine-making Chateau with a 24 hectare vineyard which has a garden open to the public. The vineyards are marked out with roses, so you can tell which ones are used to make which wines – yellow roses for chardonnay, red for Grenache and pink for rosés. You can taste the wines - they produce 5 dry wines and two sweet wines. This sweet wine tastes of honey and flowers. There is a playground for children as well as various activities for children. There are portable MP3 headsets which will guide you on a tour of the garden, telling you about the varieties of trees and plants. The visit costs €2, €1 per child.
You can drive to this château in the mountains near to Perpignan and enjoy the great views and surrounding countryside.
If you have younger children or teenagers with you who would like to have a day in a water park then the excellent Aqualand at St Cyprien is well worth a visit. This is a large waterpark with an excellent selection of pools and slides. Suitable for toddlers and teenagers. It is the largest waterpark in Roussillon. It is quite expensive and there are hidden extras such as having to pay for a sun lounger but it is a fun day out. Mind you if you are like me and you would be too scared to go on any of the flumes etc then it is a bit much having to pay the full adult fee !
Climbing/adventure park. (Not suitable for under 5's.)
The Pyrenees Mountains separate France from Spain at the border here.
(1hr 30 mins) (94 miles, 80 miles on motorways). This citadel city is well worth a visit.
Aquarium - worth a visit. This historic aquarium has been situated next to the sea at Banyuls sur Mer since 1885. It takes part in marine conservation work linked to the nearby Marine nature reserve de Cerbère-Banyuls. There are over 200 species of marine animals, plants and fish to be seen.
More than 3800 animals on nearly 300 hectares of semi-natural park.
This museum houses permanent exhibitions devoted to dinosaurs, including fossils, eggs and tracks of dinosaur. Models and figures of dinosaurs can be seen.