From the south of the city of Perpignan to the Spanish border stretches the Côte Vermeille, a stretch of coastline renowned for the infinite variety and beauty of its landscapes. With mountains and vineyards as a backdrop, the views of the Vermeille coast have inspired famous artists. There are many remarkable sites to discover during your camping holiday in the Aude at Domaine de la Palme!
Continuing the Amethyst Coast, the Vermeille Coast offers a varied alternation of creeks, pebbled coves and beautiful fine sandy beaches. From Argelès to Cerbère, it has many of the most beautiful beaches in the Pyrénées-Orientales: the wild beach of Ouille and the cove of Balette in Collioure, nestling at the foot of the cliffs and ideal for snorkelling; in Port-Vendres, the listed site of the cove of Paulilles bordered by a former dynamite factory and the cove of Sainte-Catherine at the foot of the Cap Béar lighthouse; in Cerbère, the pebble cove of Peyrefitte and its underwater path or the idyllic setting of Terrimbo beach.
Less than an hour from the Domaine de la Palme campsite, the Vermeille coast offers a large concentration of enchanting landscapes and exceptional sites, among the most beautiful places of interest in the Aude. Going down south to the Spanish border, you will discover a remarkable natural heritage: the protected natural area of the bay of Paulilles between the Albères forest and the underwater meadows, the Cap Rédéris and its exceptional panorama which embraces the coastline from the Aude coast to the Spanish coast, or the Cap Béar, its listed lighthouse, its smugglers' path which leads to the Paulilles beach, and its smugglers' cave which can be visited by kayak. During your stay, it is also essential that you try the many Catalan specialities.
The rocky coastline that stretches from Argelès-sur-Mer to Spain is also rich in built heritage. Among the most beautiful sites is the unmissable Collioure, a picturesque old anchovy fishing village dominated by the majestic silhouette of a medieval royal castle, one of the many castles in Languedoc Roussillon overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Collioure, a town dear to the painter Matisse, offers unique views of the bay from its heights and from the walkway of the fortress. The bell tower of the Notre-Dame-des-Anges church is emblematic of the town. Former territory of the kingdom of Majorca, the Vermeille coast is dotted with defensive remains from the 13th century, and in particular watchtowers offering exceptional views of the sea: don't miss the Madeloc tower in Collioure and the Massane tower in Argelès, accessible on foot from the park of the Valmy castle.
The rocky Vermeille coast is characterised by a steep coastline and landscapes of creeks and coves. It starts south of Argelès, with the Racou beach forming the transition between the predominantly sandy Amethyst coast and the rocky cliffs that continue to the Spanish border. To discover the Côte Vermeille on a campsite at Domaine de la Palme, drive down to Perpignan via Salses-le-Château and Rivesaltes, via the A9 motorway or the D900. South of Perpignan, take the D914 towards Argelès.
South of Argelès, from the hamlet of Racou, the D114 runs along the beautiful Vermeille coast to Collioure, continues to Port-Vendres and then to Cap Béar, and continues down to Spain via Paulilles, Banyuls and Cerbère. The departmental road D114 runs along the coast, allowing you to reach all these remarkable sites. From Cerbère, it heads towards the Spanish border via the Fresses and Belites passes.