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Micro-adventure from Argelès-sur-Mer

Gourmet moments of the summer

Argelès-sur-Mer, a flagship resort on the Catalan coast, welcomes and treats visitors all summer long! With a cuisine with southern accents, flavours with a Catalan identity and a catch of the day, set off on a gourmet micro-adventure in the heart of the Pyrenees-Orientales, always between sea and mountains.

Sweet flavours with a Catalan accent

The local producers of Argelès-sur-Mer treat holidaymakers to sweet treats: honey and jams bought at the village market or directly from the producers guarantee the most beautiful smiles from the children at breakfast! You can also try the “mel i mató“: fresh sheep’s cheese covered with local honey, a treat for the taste buds.

The “bunyeles” (doughnuts), crunchy biscuits and other Catalan rousquilles can also be eaten without moderation, with a coffee or as a snack after a nap! To fill up on biscuits, go to the confiserie du Tech in Cabestany, a 30-minute drive north of Argelès-sur-Mer.

Also on the market stalls for a fruity break: peaches, nectarines and red apricots from Roussillon, not forgetting the delicious melons grown in the department.

Fishing of the day for early risers

Every Sunday morning in Port Argelès, the Quai du Môle hosts the producers’ market from 8am, here you will find the local fishermen with the fresh catch of the morning. This summer, we are targeting bonito, gilthead bream, sole and sea bass, to be enjoyed on the barbecue or in ceviche!

Less than 10km away, to complete the market basket, visitors can enjoy a stopover in Collioure, known in particular for its anchovy canneries, including Roque anchovies, located at the entrance to the village from Argelès-sur-Mer. Collioure can also be reached on foot from Argelès-sur-Mer along the coastal path.

If some prefer the peace and quiet of freshwater fishing, the banks of the Têt and Tech rivers are easily reached, where you can fish for trout or simply watch them as you glide along on a paddle, before a cool picnic under the trees.

For anglers who don’t have their own equipment, several companies and campsites offer fishing tackle hire and sea fishing trips on request. Excursions usually take place between 5 and 6 am, departing from Port Argelès.

Between vineyards and orchards

Between the sea and the mountains, with an exceptional amount of sunshine, the wines of Argelès-sur-Mer are perfect to accompany the day’s fishing, the picnic under the trees or the barbecue with friends after a beautiful day at the beach.

The AOP Collioure and Banyuls are among the most popular. Several local producers offer visits to their estates, as well as tastings and events around the wine production.

For example, Domaine St Thomas offers a 4×4 excursion to reach the vineyards on the heights of Collioure, and enjoy an aperitif with a view of Argelès-sur-Mer and the surrounding area. The estate also offers a fine selection of sun-kissed fruits and picking sessions!

Still in Argelès-sur-Mer, at the Domaine de la Mer Blanche, orchards are the kings of the field: here prickly pears, fruit trees and other yuzu lemons produce exquisite juices, appreciated by great chefs. The estate also produces organic olive oil.

If the season lends itself to it, we will take the road to Ceret to taste the cherries produced here. The Céret cherry is a star fruit whose first harvest is sent to the Elysée Palace each spring.

And to continue the adventure and discover another local beverage, head for the Byrrh cellars in Thuir, about 45 minutes’ drive from Argelès-sur-Mer, this aperitif has existed since 1873 and was described at the time of its creation as a “tonic and hygienic wine with cinchona”, visit and taste it on site!

And because there is more to life than wine: the beer made in Argelès-sur-Mer Cap d’Onna has been awarded many times. Visit the brewery for a tour, shopping and tapas tasting.

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