Le Barcarès, also called Port Barcarès, is a commune located in the northeast of the Pyrénées-Orientales, in the Occitania region (France).

It’s a popular part of the Amethyst Coast of the Mediterranean resorts of France.

Historically and culturally, the commune is in Roussillon, a former province of the kingdom of France, which existed from 1659 until 1790 and which covered the three vigueries of Roussillon, Conflent and Cerdagne.

Exposed to a Mediterranean climate, it is drained by the Agly river. The town has a remarkable natural heritage: two Natura 2000 sites (the Salses lagoon complex and the Salses-Leucate lagoon complex), two protected areas (the Mas de l’Isle and Salses pond) and six natural areas of interest: ecological, fauna and flora.

Le Barcarès is a rural and coastal commune which, in 2021, had 6,049 inhabitants, after having experienced a sharp increase in population since 1962. It is in the agglomeration of Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque and is part of the Perpignan attraction area.

Main attractions

  • The Coudalère fisherman’s cabin, listed as a historic monument since 1994;
  • Notre-Dame-de-tous-les-horizons chapel in Barcarès: 20th century chapel;
  • Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption Church of Barcarès: 19th century church;
  • The Lydia: a sandy liner, symbol of Barcarès;
  • Allée des Arts.

Beaches (8 km)

  • Grande Beach in Port-Barcarès (also called Portes du Roussillon Beach) is located between the ship (Le Lydia) and Lido.
  • Lydia Beach in Port-Barcarès owes its name to the voluntarily beached ship in the 1960s.
  • Argonautes Beach is a residential area.
  • Miramars Beach in Port-Barcarès is located to the south of Lido near rue Maillol. Bordered by residential houses.
  • Port Saint Ange Beach is located on the left bank of Port-Barcarès in a residential area.
  • Cité du Port Beach in Port-Barcarès starts near the Fishermen’s village and extends to the tourism office.
  • Village Central Beach in Port-Barcarès is located near Place de la République.
  • Village Sud Beach. There is a lifeguard in the summer and it is handicap accessible.

How to get to?

From Paris: 8 hr 14 min (838 km) via A71 and A75

From Toulouse: 2 hr 6 min (196 km) via A61

From Carcassonne: 1 hr 15 min (105 km) via A61

From Perpignan: 21 min (23.0 km) via D900 and D83

From Narbonne: 47 min (55.3 km) via A9 and D627

From Monaco: 4 hr 59 min (487 km) via A8 and A9

From Andorra: 3 hr 5 min (188 km) via N116

From Barcelona: 2 hr 21 min (212 km) via AP-7

From Madrid: 8 hr 14 min (815 km) via A-2, AP-2 and AP-7

From Moscow: 37 hr (3,413 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 18 hr 18 min (1,793 km) via E70

From Istanbul: 30 hr (2,740 km) via E70

From Bern: 7 hr 32 min (746 km) via A9

Main information

Area: 11,65 km2

Population: 6 049

Coordinates: 42°47′21″N 3°02′11″E

Language: Catalan, French

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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