Port-Vendres and its hinterland propose a wide range of walks
You definitely must have a walk at the Cap Béar. The lighthouse, built in 1904, towers 80 m above the sea level and will provide you with an unrestricted view.
The Madeloc tower, a former Visigothic signal tower transformed in 1285 under the kingdom of Majorca, also offers a unique panorama on the Roussillon plain. A vast number of forts, treasures of the historical heritage of Port-Vendres, are to be found on the hills. A visit of these defensive buildings becomes both a cultural and a panoramic walk. You reach these sites by fallowing the ridge road or Routes des crêtes.
Cosprons is a picturesque hamlet high above the bay of Paulilles. Its 12th century church contains a 17th century statue of Christ on the cross (classified as historical monument)
In the bay of Paulilles, right up against the Albères foothills (at 3 km from the centre, direction Banyuls-sur-Mer), you’ll find three beaches watched over in July and August. They are overlooked by rosy rocks, terrace vineyards and an exceptional Mediterranean and exotic vegetation.
The landscape is also punctuated with different buildings and a brick chimney of 35 m high, a telling trace of the history of Paulilles. Indeed, the site used to be a dynamite factory created by Mr Nobel. Five generations of Catalans worked here between 1870 and 1984, creating a real working-class village on the site.
The site is now restored and is a place full of memory, a witness of the industrial history of Paulilles
. Strolling around you’ll discover the site house (reception hall and exhibitions), the director’s garden, the big hall, the vigie (panoramic view over the site) and the chimney…