THE REGION AND VISITS

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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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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.