Destination guide

Mountains? Check. Sea? Check. Charm? You bet

Set along the Mediterranean coast, France's Pyrenees-Orientales region borders Spain, nestled between the Balearic Sea and the country of Andorra. The region's main city of Perpignan has close ties to its Spanish neighbor, and it's known for its thriving Catalan culture. To the south, you'll find the charming fishing town of Collioure, while inland lies the Catalan Pyrenees Regional Park. Browse the Pyrenees-Orientales vacation rentals throughout the region, and picture a vacation full of cheese making, wine tasting, and rolling hills—everything there is to love about the French countryside.

Things to do

Lots to love, from charming chateaus to fab abbeys

While in the Pyrenees-Orientales, you'd be well advised to travel to Perpignan for the fortress of Le Castillet and the 13th-century Palace of the Kings of Majorca. In the fishing village of Collioure, you can tour the medieval Chateau Royal de Collioure. Further inland, within the Catalan Pyrenees Regional Park, you'll find the the hilltop Abbey of St. Martin of Canigou. On the outskirts of the same park, you can visit St-Michel-de-Cuixa Abbey, nestled a bit closer to the ground. Art lovers can't miss the Ceret Museum of Modern Art, while the kids will love the Banyuls-sur-Mer Aquarium.


Get to know the locals (and by locals, we mean wine)

Whether you're looking for Pyrenees-Orientales vacation rentals along the coast or further inland, there's much to see in this naturally beautiful region. Stroll along the beaches at Argeles-sur-Mer, set near the village of Collioure, or pay a visit to the nearby Canet or Argeles Beaches. Alternatively, you can head inland to the the Catalan Pyrenees Regional Park for views of Canigou peak. For unique natural beauty, take in the wonder of the Orgues d'Ille-sur-Tet formations. You can also visit the local wineries, where you'll enjoy a true taste of the local flavors.


Let the sunshine in... nearly all year long

The Pyrenees-Orientales boasts over 200 days of sunshine annually, making it one of France's sunniest departments. Winters are mild on the coast, but temps drop as your altitude rises, so you'll want to keep this in mind when you browse Pyrenees-Orientales vacation rentals in the mountains. Summers are peak season, making for higher prices and larger crowds, while fall and spring offer pleasant temps and sunny days, but with smaller crowds and lower rates. And don't forget about the "tramontane"—these winds rival Provence's famous mistrals, and can blow in cold air and heavy rains when you least expect it.

Natural features

The best of everything, from coastlines to mountain peaks

Because the Pyrenees-Orientales region stretches from the Mediterranean coast inland toward Andorra, the region truly offers the best of both worlds. The coastline alternates suddenly from sandy and pebbled beaches to dramatic craggy cliffs rising steeply above the Balearic Sea. Further inland, the Regional Park of the Catalan Pyrenees offers scenic, grassy hills, crystal blue lakes, and thick forests, perfect for spotting wildlife and strolling among the wildflowers. Above and beyond all this natural beauity is the striking backdrop of the Canigou, one of the highest peaks in the Pyrenees.

Where to stay around Pyrénées-Orientales?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,499 vacation rentals near Pyrénées-Orientales. From 1,706 Houses to 476 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Pyrénées-Orientales for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Pyrénées-Orientales?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Pyrénées-Orientales. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Collioure: 2,486 vacation rentals
  • Perpignan: 3,366 vacation rentals
  • Argelès-sur-Mer: 3,380 vacation rentals
  • Céret: 618 vacation rentals
  • Port-Vendres: 2,391 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Pyrénées-Orientales! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Pyrénées-Orientales?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Pyrénées-Orientales:

  • Collioure: 2,486 rentals
  • Perpignan: 3,366 rentals
  • Argelès-sur-Mer: 3,380 rentals
  • Céret: 618 rentals
  • Port-Vendres: 2,391 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Pyrénées-Orientales?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Pyrénées-Orientales are:

  • Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via (QZF-Font Romeu Bus Station): 1,186 vacation rentals
  • Rivesaltes Airport (PGF): 4,725 vacation rentals
  • Andorra la Vella (ALV-Andorra la Vella Heliport): 303 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Pyrénées-Orientales?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Pyrénées-Orientales. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Le Barcarès: 4,412 rentals
  • Perpignan Station: 4,781 rentals
  • University of Perpignan: 4,954 rentals
  • Chateau-Fort Liberia: 1,297 rentals
  • Argelès-sur-Mer Station: 4,366 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Pyrénées-Orientales listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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