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20 km from Argelès sur Mer, the gates of Catalonia open to you. Welcome to Spanish Catalan lands.

An invitation during your holiday to discover the countless natural and cultural attractions of Catalonia.

Along the coast: Through  Port Bou border crossing, discover 2 small jewels of the southern Catalan coast: LLansa and Puerto de La Selva.

A little further on, stop at Cap Creus, a true natural setting preserved and wild.

Port LLigat, Salvador Dali's favourite place where you will find his house, his museum...

Starting from Cadaqués, a winding road will take you to Rosas, whose bay is ranked among the most beautiful in the world. Visit his castle as well as the Greek and Roman remains...

Not far away, continue this beautiful tour of Catalonia, a stop at L'Escala and travel back in time while strolling through the Greco-Roman city of Ampurias. Go up the coastal path to San Marti of Empuries to discover another small jewel of catalonia.

Passing through the Perthus border post (highway or national): 1st stop: the old city of Girona will surprise you with the treasures it contains.

A little further on is the capital of catalonia: Barcelona (to be done by car, excursion from the campsite or taking the train from the station of figueres vilafant). Walks on the Ramblas and in the old Gothic quarter near the port, visit the modernist works of Gaudi, the Sagrada Familia, the park Guell. Lovers of painting the Picasso Museum, the Miro Foundation are waiting for you... Visit the Aquarium, the Barcelonatta district, the covered market "St Josep - la Boqueria" (located near the ramblas). Don't forget to visit Gaudi's unfinished cathedral "la Sagrada Familia" and the other temple dedicated to football: the Nou camp of the famous football club FC Barça

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Near the campsite, discover the treasures of the Occitanie region less than two hours' drive away.

 

On the program, we offer:

 

Narbonne:

An exceptional ancient and medieval heritage.

A Grand Site Occitanie labelled City of Art and History.

The Canal de la Robine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A city in the heart of the Narbonnaise Regional Natural Park.

Its proximity to the Canal du Midi, Fontfroide Abbey and the sea.

  Agde and Pézenas:

The Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Agde.

The Laurens villa and the Ephebe Museum in Agde.

Molière's legacy in Pézenas.

The label City and Crafts of Art for Agde and Pézenas.

 The Country of Art and History label for Pézenas.

Sète:

One of the most beautiful fishing and trading ports in the Mediterranean.

A city between sea, canals , called the "Venice of Languedoc".

Authentic  maritime traditions.

Remarkable cultural dynamism.

 Béziers - Canal du Midi:

The Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its major works: the Fonseranes locks, the canal bridge, the Malpas tunnel.

The Biterrois vineyard.

The Gallic oppidum of Ensérune.

The Regional Museum of Contemporary Art in Sérignan

 Nîmes - the Gard Bridge:

Nimes, French Rome, and its exceptional monuments.

 An ancient city where contemporary architecture has a great place.

The Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, also labelled a Grand Site of France.

 Carcassonne:

Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the medieval city of Carcassonne (which has the Operation Grand Site of France label) and the Canal du Midi.

The castles of cathar land, "citadels of vertigo": Lastours, Quéribus, Peyrepertuse, Aguilar, Termes, Puilaurens.

AOC vineyards around Carcassonne

Foix - Montsegur:

An exceptional medieval heritage marked by the crusade against the Cathars.

A collection of historical sites close to one another: Foix Castle, Montsegur Castle, Roquefixade Castle, medieval city of Mirepoix.

A Grand Site Occitanie linked to the land of art and history of the Cathar Pyrenees.

Saint-Lizier, a major stop on the paths to Santiago de Compostela.

A sumptuous natural environment, that of the Ariège Pyrenees.

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Welcome at our  home, welcome at your home!!!

The  campsite l’Etoile d’Or  in Argeles sur Mer is located in the department of the Eastern Pyrenees, which together with Aude, Herault, Gard and Lozère forms the region of Languedoc Roussillon.

Bordered to the south by Spain, to the east by the Mediterranean Sea, to the west by Andorra and the Midi Pyrenean region and to the north by the Auvergne region.

Two regional languages are historically present in Languedoc-Roussillon: Occitan and Catalan.

The region is mainly Mediterranean (it is a temperate climate characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, humid winters). Argeles sur Mer is 300 days of sunshine a year, a climate as pleasant in summer but also  in  spring and autumn.

 

The Languedoc-Roussillon vineyard is the largest in the world, but also the oldest.

Our region is a culturally rich region, highlighting strong local traditions, places, terroirs or ancestral local practices such as jousting or the Camarguaise race. They help to animate and perpetuate local festivals and to maintain a people's attachment to their territory.

The region also has many tourist attractions such as: the Canal du Midi, Castillet in Perpignan, the Pont du Gard, the City of Carcassonne, the Abbey of Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, (the most visited cultural site in the region), Mare Nostrum, the giant aquarium of Montpellier (located in the Odysseum district), the African Reserve of Sigean, the Roman monuments of Nimes such as the square house or the arenas, ....

Our department includes the former province of Roussillon, i.e. Roussillon, Haute Cerdagne, Conflent, Vallespir and Capcir originally Catalanophones as well as the territory of Fenouillèdes, the only territory of the department of Languedoc culture and Occitan language.

 

The province of Roussillon and a part of Cerdagne were ceded by Spain to the crown of France to the Treaty of the Pyrenees (1659).

A famous land!

Our country is renowned for its vineyards,  climate, landscapes (in less than 120 km we go from sea level to peaks of more than 2,000 meters), its gastronomy that under the protection of the sacred mountain of Catalans (Mount Canigou) will offer you  unforgettable moments from a taste point of view.

Our country is also the culture and art that you will find in the form of old stones, paintings, music, festivals, traditions, sports,...

Spain, just two steps from the Perthus border via Figuéras (Dali Museum) or Girona (Catalan market) to Barcelona (capital of Catalonia), immerse yourself in the "Iberian" atmosphere for a day to discover its gastronomy, its culture or just its stores...

 

The "little extra" for the curious: the legend has it that Charles the Bald, who in 870 came to give Guifred the Velu, the counties of Urgel and Cerdagne, asked him for help against the Normans. In battle, Guifred is hit by an arrow. In the evening, the French emperor goes to the tent of the Catalan Count, lying on his coat near which is his shield, a field of gold untouched by any decoration. He dips four fingers in Guifred's open wound and traces, with one gesture, the four red bars giving Catalonia its golden coat of arms with four pals of mouths called the "four bars" or the "Blood and Gold"

The Catalan Country is waiting for you to show you the richness of its territory, so what are you waiting for visiting?

Argelès sur Mer:  one of the most important tourist resorts in the south of France. But it is also characterized by a rich and strong history. Its name refers to clay.

The town of Argelès-sur-Mer owes its name to the clay soil on which it is built. The first known mention of her dates back to 879: "Villa de Argilariis". The name was then taken up in the 10th century in the forms "Argelarium, Argelaria, Argileria".

Its vast territory stretches between the seaside and the mountains: the village is located on a territory that covers 5867 hectares. The latter stretches from the foothills of the Pyrenees (the Alberes massif), at the level of the Spanish border, to the heart of the Roussillon plain and the River Le Tech, one of the three major rivers of the Eastern Pyrenees

The first traces of human presence on the village date back more than 4 centuries (presence of dolmen and tomb). The development of the village  really began in the Middle Ages with the fortresses. such as the castles of Taxo d'Avall and Pujol. At the end of the 12th century, the city and its province, owned by the Counts of Roussillon, were bequeathed to the Counts of Barcelona. The situation continued until 1276.

During this episode, Argelès is part of the kingdom of Mallorca. The Alberes chain is the southern border. In order to protect his lands from possible attacks from the South, James II of Mallorca fortified the ridges of this mountain. There he had a string of powerful towers , like that of the Massane.

Now located in a sensitive border area, the city occupies a strategic position. The government enclosed it in imposing ramparts (of which there are still some vestiges of it) and became one of the main strongholds of the region. During this period, the fortified church and its tower  were also built. They still are  in the centre of the old village.

Three centuries later, in 1659, following the signing of the Treaty of the Pyrenees, Roussillon was definitively attached to France. Argelès then loses its strategic importance. The traditional economy, based on agriculture and crafts, remained dynamic until the beginning of the 20th century, before gradually losing its luster to tourism-related activities. Several painful events will slow down the dynamics of this development: the two world wars of 1914 and 1939, but also the tragic episode of the Spanish Civil War in which Argelès-sur-Mer will become a privileged actor.  In February 1939, more than 450.000 republicans crossed the Franco-Spanish border following the fall of the Second Spanish Republic and the victory of General Franco. This dramatic historical event is better known as "Retirada". The French government chose the beach of Argelès-sur-Mer to "welcome" all male refugees. An internment camp is then opened in haste (at the current location of the municiapl campsite). More than 200.000 Republicans will stay there before being transferred to the camps of Saint-Cyprien, Barcarès, Bram and Vernet. When the Second World War broke out, these men would not hesitate to take up arms to continue the fight against the Nazis who occupied France. They will be found among other things in the « maquis »or in the ranks of general Leclerc's 2nd Armoured Division.

Since the mid-xxth century and the beginning of the growing fashion of summer holidays, Argelès has experienced an extraordinary development. From a simple rural town, the city has become over the years one of the largest tourist resorts in France, attracting tens of thousands of tourists  from all over Europe.

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Welcome to Argelès sur Mer, a famous "family" seaside resort on the Mediterranean coast.

 

Discover its historic center and its hidden pearls at the village  of its small alleys, walk the Massif des Alberes, a veritable green setting straight out of the sea where you can indulge in hiking, trailing or mountain biking in a limitless space or you can set the rules of the game yourself, finally you will appreciate our treasures "land and sea" by discovering our gastronomy as rich and diverse as the men and women who populate the Catalan country.

Argelès sur Mer is also 7 km of beach, the beach of Racou , 2 protected nature reserves (mas Larieu and the reserve of the Massane culminating at 800 meters altitude).

Argelès sur Mer is also its real pedestrian street where  you can find bars, restaurants, shops, ...

It is also a port where you can take the sea shuttle to Collioure

Argelès is also a temporary exhibition from April to October  entitled "Children of the Sea" (exhibition on the theme of the environment), it is also the festival of the deferlantes (among the 10 biggest festivals in France)  begin of July.

Argelès sur Mer, this is the perfect place to spend your next holiday...

See you soon

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throughout the year, you have your work, your children, your friends, family,...... and not enough time for you ???

On holiday it's time to take a relaxing break for yourself, in order to regain total energy and a restorative well-being.

The  campsite l’etoile d’or  in Argeles sur Mer offers two areas dedicated to well-being and relaxation in the heart of its establishment.

Relax and follow me for a little visit:

 

A hairdressing area or "Martine" will take care of your hair

An aesthetic space or "Elsa" will take care of your hands, your body,...

A "relaxation"area or "Nadège"will offer you a TUI NA relaxation for adults as well as children...

 

Close your eyes, relax, you begin to feel the benefits of all this care, don't wait for your stay to book  and make an appointment now to be sure to enjoy this little care  so deserved.

Contact: Martine on  00 33 6 20 27 48 54

Elsa on 00 33 6 82 90 16 28

Nadège on 00 33 6 72 56 70 91

Everything is available on site for your relaxation and well-being, a team of professionals listening to you , quality equipment,.....that asks for more...

*The "tui na" massage is in no way a medical or therapeutic massage

Book your stay now!

Campsite Etoile d’Or

Argelès sur Mer is also the Etoile d’Or campsite, a holiday provider for 50 years now . We have kept our authentic charm in the middle of a 8.5 hectare wooded park, ready to welcome you from April to October with family, couples or friends.