The fastest route to the sea takes about 17 min (17 km) by car. The more scenic route over the hills and through the villages takes about 25 min (18 km). By bike it takes about 50 min to the small marina of Port-Argelès. The nearest beaches to the villa are Le Racou as well as the fishing port and marina of Port-Argelès and the beach at Argèles-Plage. Le Racou is a sandy beach with a lifeguard station, bathing island, free parking and public toilet facilities.
The beautiful, unspoilt white beaches of Languedoc-Roussillon stretch north of Port-Argelès. They start in Argelès-Plage, the seven-kilometre-long beach at Argelès-sur-Mer with fine light sand. Small beach clubs offer a wide range of water sports, from parasailing to windsurfing and sailing courses, although the waves are not strong enough for surfing. As is typical in the South of France, numerous campsites line the beaches.
The unspoilt sandy beach stretches for 20 km to Saint Cyprien Plage and on to Canet Plage, the city beach of the regional capital Perpignan which is 5 km away. Saint Cyprien Plage is a lively beach of white sand and the sea is shallow. The large marina has 2,000 berths. Numerous campsites extend inland from the coastline. On the 4km-long beach between Saint Cyprien and Carnet Plage, around 20 beach bars offer a wide range of leisure activities and serve food and drinks for guests.The Réserve Naturelle Nationale du Mas Larrieu coastal nature reserve is located halfway along the route between Argelès Plage and Carnet Plage. There, the River Tech flows into the sea and the small delta forms a special natural landscape. The natural beaches can only be reached on foot from the car park (Chemin de l’embouchure du Tech, 66700 Argelès-sur-Mer).
In der Mitte der Strecke zwischen Argelès Plage und Carnet Plage liegt das Küstenschutzgebiet Réserve Naturelle Nationale du Mas Larrieu. Dort mündet der Fluss Tech in das Meer. Sein kleines Delta bildet eine besondere Naturlandschaft. Die Naturstrände sind nur zu Fuß von einem Parkplatz des Naturparks zu erreichen (Chemin de L'Embouchure du Tech, 66700 Argelès-sur-Mer).
South of Argelès-sur-Mer begins the rocky coastline of the Cote Vermeille (Vermilion Coast). There, the mountains of the Pyrenees drop away steeply into the sea and create a rugged coast with small bays and narrow coastal villages. Cote Vermeille is considered one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline of the Roussillon region.
A stunning path runs the whole length of the steep coastline through the protected area called Cerbère-Banyuls. The beaches, harbours and bustling towns of Collioure, Port Vendres, Banyuls-sur-Mer and Cerbére are loved by locals and tourists alike. If you want to dine out in Collioure or just take an evening stroll through the old town, it’s only a 20-minute drive away (21 km).
Freshwater Lake Lac de Villeneuve-de-la-Raho
The freshwater lake of Lac de Villeneuve-de-la-Raho is likewise only 20 min (16 km) away by car. This beautiful lake with a view of the mountains has a very good path around it, making it ideal for a lakeside walk or run. Most of the shore is a nature reserve, but there is also a beach where bathing is permitted. Address: 66180 Villeneuve-de-la-Raho.