Voyage to The Gateway of Historic Adventures
When you travel to Port-Vendres, be prepared for your imagination to kick into over-drive. Charming red roofs and stone buildings will invite romantic notions about how life once was in this important commercial port.
As the key to many ancient routes, Port-Vendres has been welcoming travellers for hundreds of years. The tradition goes back to when the Romans named it Portus Veneris after Venus, the goddess of love, and her temple offered good fortune to mariners.
If you really want to get lost in the fantastical qualities of the area, take a quick jaunt to some of the nearby towns. You could head to Cadaqués, a charming town just over the border in Spain that has hosted some of the most famous and influential artists of the modern era. In fact, Salvador Dalí lived here and his home has been turned into a world-famous museum. “Well, hello Dali!”
Or simply hang out in Port-Vendres and enjoy the local sights and perhaps a meal of fresh seafood like sea perch, tuna, or sardines paired with the region’s renowned Collioure wines, followed by a Banyuls dessert wine.