Living and Building a home in the heart of France
23rd September 2007
Our first holiday together, and the first time Tony had ventured abroad, was a camping trip to the South of France, about 25 years ago. Last week, we went back.
This time we stayed on the rocky Roussillon coast between Collioure and Argelès - it's about as far south you can go and still be in France. The Pyrenees sweep down to the Med, giving vine-terraced slopes, rocky shores and pebbled coves. We stayed on a campsite right by the sea, but this time in a "mobil'ome" - no more sleeping on the ground under soggy canvas for us!
To the north there's Le Racou, a peaceful place with a coarse-sand beach and a bar or two. Beyond that is the smart Argelès Port with many restaurants and shops all around the marina packed with expensive boats. Further on is the miles-long sandy beach of Argelès Plage, fronted by a promenade and cycle track behind the clean wide expanse of sand, shaded by palm trees and pines.
Le Racou beach, with Argelès Port's breakwater
The campsite cove
Rocky coast, looking north to Argelès
Access to the cove
Italian-style ice cream, oh yes.