Le Barcarès is one of the three most important seaside resorts in the Catalan Pyrenees along with Argelès-sur-Mer and Canet-en-Roussillon. Built on a narrow strip of land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Etang de Leucate, it is famous for its iconic sunken liner, the Lydia. If you stay at Domaine de la Palme, the drive from the campsite to Barcarès takes only 26 minutes!
Barcarès is a waterfront town in the Languedoc Roussillon region, consisting of a village and a resort, Port-Barcarès. An important fishing port in the 19th century, Barcarès was one of the sites where the typical Catalan boats were built. At the same time, seaside tourism began to develop. The history of Barcarès is also marked by the Retirada, this episode occurring at the end of the Spanish war, during which the exiled republicans were interned by the French authorities in camps. The one in Le Barcarès continued to serve under the Vichy regime.
The seaside resort of Port-Barcarès, close to our campsite, was founded in the 1960s. Today it is famous for the long stretch of fine sand on the large Lydia beach, made unique by the liner that was sunk in the late 1960s. Now an icon of the village and the resort, the Lydia gives the beach that bears its name a distinctive look. The liner, built in 1931 and decommissioned in 1967, is now the oldest in the world! After having housed a restaurant and a discotheque, this former cruise ship now hosts exhibitions.
Unique, the territory of Barcarès is dominated by the waters: those of the Mediterranean Sea, but also those of the pond of Salses, also called pond of Leucate. A privileged place for walks and the observation of a rich fauna and flora, Le Barcarès is also a paradise for cycling enthusiasts. Several cycle routes and greenways cross its territory. The Agly Valley route links Port-Barcarès to Rivesaltes: it offers 15 km of quiet and safe routes. The Vélittorale links Barcarès to Argelès and includes a large section of greenway. The Barcarès-Canet route, 13 km long, is made up of 70% of roads closed to motor vehicles.
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Le Barcarès is located less than 30 km from the campsite Domaine de la Palme in the Aude. The centre of the resort can be reached by car in 25 minutes, following the coastline between the sea and the Etang de Leucate. The route is simple: from the campsite, join the D709 southwards, then continue on the D6009. North of the Etang de Leucate, you can choose to continue on the D6009 to go around the lake to the west, or to turn left onto the D627 to go east of the lake. This route is shorter and faster. The D627 runs along the edge of the lake, passing through the outskirts of Leucate. At Port-Leucate, continue on the D83 and leave it at exit 10 towards the village of Barcarès. The Cours de la Méditerranée takes you to the centre and the large beach of Barcarès.