The La Sirène campsite is situated one and a half miles north of the lively resort of Argelès-sur-Mer, with its 5 km of beach in the Languedoc region of France on the Western Mediterranean near the border with Spain.
La Sirène is a large and lively campsite with all the ingredients for an action-packed holiday. There is a superb, upgraded for 2014, tropical pool complex, complete with the waterslides, whirlpool and waterfalls. This is the best water complex we have seen of any French campsites! The site is ideal for family holidays and teenagers should enjoy this site as well. It is possible to stay on this campsite with the tour operator Eurocamp.
Please note that the pitches are not particularly grassy although this is not unusual for campsites in the South of France where there is hotter summer weather and sandy soil.
The harbour and port at Argeles sur Mer : picture from Doronenko
Booking Your Holiday
Argelès Sur Mer is on the South Coast of France at the Meditteranean and very near the Spanish Border. You may want to get there by flying then hiring a car. The drive from the Channel Ports is a long one but you could break the journey with an overnight stop.
- • Calais: 1158 km
- • Bilbao: 686 km
- • St Malo: 997 km
- • Roscoff: 1132 km
- • Caen: 976 km
- • Cherbourg: 1141 km
- • Le Havre: 1022 km
- • Carcassonne: 150 km
- • Perpignan: 28 km
- • Montpellier: 185 km
- • Gerona: 105 km
- • Train station: Argeles 4 Km
- • Services to: Paris, Barcelona, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Cerbere, Port Bou
Things to Do in the Area
In the area there are some fabulous beaches in the area. Two of our favourites are the beach at Collioure and Plage de l'Anse de Paulilles - a lovely cove with a blue flag beach surrounded by countryside.
Argelès Sur Mer and Argelès Plage
This 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, where you can experience various habitats such as reed beds, meadows, dunes all at the mouth of the Tech river. You can see a great number of birds including grey herons, common black-headed gulls, European bee-eaters and gulls. There are guided walks - this short video gives you a flavour of the place.
- The reserve of La Massane forest in the heart of the Albères Mountains.
There is a Trainbus which connects all the areas and has a good service during the tourist high season. To have a look at a route map, click here.
Watersport Adventure - paddle boarding, kayak adventures etc.
Etang de Canet et de Saint Nazaire
A man made lake which serves as a reserve for birds and where you can find a fisherman's village built from straw huts. One hut contains a museum to the local fishermen - interesting to visit. If you don't speak or read French then maybe read up about it in advance.
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.
Château de Peyrepertuse
You can drive to this château in the mountains near to Perpignan and enjoy the great views and surrounding countryside.
A museum devoted to dinosaurs, including fossils, eggs and tracks of dinosaur.
Aqualand St Cyprien
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.
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