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Seaside resort on the Mediterranean Coast in the South-West of France. 7km of beach, with a marina and another beach (Racou) at the south end. Casino, but it's more Blackpool than Las Vegas. Best restaurant near the central beach is Amadeus, but there are others in the village about 2km inland.
Argelès-sur-Mer is about 25km from Perpignan airport, 20km from the city. Autoroute A9 passes a few miles / km to the west. There is a good local road into town from the junction at Le Boulou.
It's only 20km from the Spanish border, so you can fly in to Gerona and drive, but Perpignan airport is only 25km away with flybe, ryanair, bmibaby as well as Air France. Car hire firms at the airport open for all flights - though the online booking systems don't always seem to know that. Shuttle bus from the airport to Perpignan bus station unfortunately has ceased operation. The city bus serving the airport (Route 7) does not go to the railway station or the regional bus station adjacent to it.Argelès railway station is on the line from Perpignan to Cerbère and has an overnight through train from Paris. Irregular service along the coast by train or bus, but by train you can reach Perpignan in 20 minutes in one direction, and other coastal resorts Collioure, Port Vendre, Banyuls and Cerbère in the other. The station is a long way from the beaches and most of the campings, so stay near the village rather than near the beach if you want to travel around by public transport.
Local road 'trains' around the resort area
A road train network of five lines runs round the whole resort area from Place Gambetta in the village via the beaches and most of the campsites. Free except in high season. Many campsites include the cost of a pass in their tariffs.
Five routes operate in summer (mid-June to end September) with service between 9am and midnight on some. Information in French and English. Most 'campings' are served by more than one route and have up to four departures each hour at the peak times.
Trains - local
Argelès has about 14 trains each way on weekdays, ten on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. These are regional trains therefore reservations are neither available nor required. All trains run to / from Perpignan and most run to / from Narbonne.
Select ligne 5 for downloadable and printable timetable which are only in French.
You can also get train times for specific dates and in English at www.voyages-sncf.com
Some trains run through the tunnel into Spain at Portbou, where it is possible to connect to the Spanish regional rail network for trips to Girona, Figueres and Barcelona. However a day trip to Barcelona using this route is only just feasible. A much faster trip can be made by taking the local train to Perpignan and a TGV from there. Reservation is essential for TGV services
Trains - long distance
Argelès is served by a nightly train from Paris via Limoges and Toulouse. Reservation is essential.
Connections from and to all other parts of France can be made at Perpignan, which also now has direct TGV services several times daily to Barcelona.
A flat fare of 1 Euro applies for all journeys on the regional bus system
Information is only in French.
Route 400 Cerbère - Collioure - Argelès-sur-Mer - Perpignan
Ten buses each way on weekdays and Saturdays at irregular intervals. One bus each way on Sundays in winter. A more frequent service operates daily in July and August. Some buses run through the Argelès Plage district.
These three local routes run 3 - 5 times each way weekdays and Saturdays connecting at Argelès-sur-Mer with route 400 to and from Perpignan. No service on Sundays and Holidays.
Route 401 Céret - Le Boulou - Argelès-sur-Mer
Route 413 Villelongue des Monts - Saint André - Argelès-sur-Mer
Route 412 St Génis des Fontaines - Argelès sur Mer
Getting around by bike
The area is more or less flat and therefore good for getting around by bike - except that the traffic in summer is a nightmare and there are few cycle paths. Care is needed.
Things to see
Lots of wineries around (Chateau Valmy the nearest to Argelès). Not that much to see in Argelès itself - church, local history museum - but not a bad centre for exploring the region. An interesting nature reserve on the banks of the river Tech (and if you walk through it to the beach you find the naturist reserve). Not much entertainment outside high season, but that's true of all the resorts on this, the sunniest bit of France.
There is a tourist train operation based at Rivesaltes station, 7km north of Perpignan.