Port-Vendres is situated in the far south of France, on the Mediterranean 21 kilometres from the Spanish border via the coast road.View Detailed Map
By car from Britain, there are several routes using a mixture of toll "peage" motorways and non-toll roads. One of the best routes is to by-pass Paris, then head for Clermont Ferrand on the A10 and A71 toll autoroutes. At Clermont Ferrand carry on to the South via the free autoroute A75, passing through the lovely Auvergne countryside and crossing the Tarn gorge near Millau on the fantastic new bridge.
Close to the Mediterranean you then join the Autoroute A9, heading for Spain before taking the last exit in France (number 43) and then the fast road to Port-Vendres.
For a more leisurely drive, you could consider breaking your journey at one of the many privately owned hotels that are part of the "Logis" network - see their web site. .
By air you are spoiled for choice with cheap flights to nearby towns in France and Spain. The nearest airport is Perpignan, 39 kilometres away, and the next most convenient is Gerona in Spain. See the Flights page for details and links to airline companies.
By rail - Port-Vendres has a main line railway station connecting to Perpignan and the TGV to Paris and on to the UK by Eurostar. The rail line goes south to the Spanish border, and after a change of gauge, on to Figueres, Girona, Barcelona and beyond. The TGV (High Speed train) now connects Perpignan to Barcelona and so on to Madrid in Spain.
for the area is the Michelin 344 Local,
To see an interactive Google map with which you can plan your journey, click here
Nearest parking is on the road outside (very difficult), or public car parks, one about 50 metres, others further away. Port-Vendres has plenty of free parking (more than 1200 places) all year round, but in 2009 it has introduced "Pay & Display" parking on Quai Pierre Forgas and on the Obelisk car park for the months of July, August and September.
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