The Côte Vermeille (Vermilion coast) stretches from Argelès-sur-Mer to Cerbère via Collioure, Port Vendres and Banyuls-sur-Mer. This part of the coastline covers a mere 15 kilometres but the winding road from Port-Vendres to Cerbère makes it feel much longer, despite the superb views ! Take a sick bag for the folk in the back seat !

In a bid to improve the efficiency (and consequently the financial viability) of the region’s public transport system, Daniel Mach, vice-president of the transport department, explains, “It’s about positioning the right service in the right place at the right time”.

We pass evocatively named places busy with history; Besalú, St Jaume de Llierca, Castellfollit de la Roca before entering Olot and the Parc Natural de la Zona Volcanica de la Garrotxa abundant with fascinating conical and sometimes symmetrical hills.

Coming from the French word terre for “soil,” the word terroir originally described the special characteristics of a region, or piece of land, which gave different varieties of wine, coffee and tea their individuality. (Soil, climate, position, regional traditions….)

After a hard day soaking up the sun on the endless sandy beach at Saint Cyprien, as dusk begins to fall you may be asking yourself how best to prolong those feel-good vibes? Well we’ve got just the answer… St Cyp en Live!

Satisfy the jazz itch with year round events from the team that hosts the annual autumnal Jazz festival : Jazzèbre. Keep checking back for the latest event info.

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