Why buy in the Languedoc Roussillon?- Part two,living by the sea

IMG_0325Ten true reasons why we bought a little piece of seaside life in the Pyrenées Orientales in Southern France.

1) Because the dramatic mix of snow topped mountains, lush greenery, turquoise sea and sunshine  never fails to make us smile.

2) The skies are blue, even in winter, and when “La Tremontane” ( north west wind ) whips up the palm trees and the sand into  a wild flurry.

3) Because the awesome sight of Mount Canigou rising majestically above  the Boulevard de la Méditerranée behind our apartment block is something to behold.DSCF0091

4) The longest beach in the Pyrenées Orientales is two minutes stroll away. It feels like a holiday every day.

5) Between September and May when the tourists who swell Argeles-sur-Mer from a population of 10,000 to ten times that number  are gone, we have this magical 7km strip of sand to ourselves.


6) There are beach bars, cafes, tea rooms, restaurants and markets. Fresh fish, charcuterie and patisserie,amazing salads and vegetables dishes, dessert wines from Rivesaltes, rich red wines from Maury,  characterful aperitif wines from Banyuls.

7) You can cycle everywhere (it’s flat!) along the promenade, or into old Argeles Village with it’s iconic church & tall, narrow village houses  and escape the crowds in hidden squares where time is stilled.  Argeles_sur_Mer_Rue_de_la_Fraternité_ou_rue_Vermeille

8) When the sun-baked beach is too much, take a book and read on the old benches shaded by umbrella pines.apartment6




9) Because on our doorstep we have music festivals in the grounds of beautiful Chateau Valmy, built in the heart of it’s own vineyard. Or visit art exhibitions & concerts every week from May to September  that reflect the melting pot of French, Spanish and Catalonian culture here.

10) Sitting on the balcony watching a pink sunset reflect off the clouds20140915_204727


About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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3 Responses to Why buy in the Languedoc Roussillon?- Part two,living by the sea

  1. I can’t fault your reasoning – enjoy!


  2. Phill says:

    Sounds and looks amazing


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