If you're both a mountain and a sea lover, the Pyrénées-Orientales department is made for you. In order to quickly find your campsite in this southern region of France, we recommend that you do it as early as possible by going on the HomeCamper website. You will be able to discover all the offers available in the Pyrénées-Orientales from HomeCamper hosts who will offer you the opportunity to stay directly with the locals while preserving the camping spirit.
The Pyrénées Orientales is a very sunny department all year round.
Its Catalan coast offers beautiful fine sandy beaches and many seaside resorts. Canet en Roussillon and Port Barcarès remain the seaside resorts that are most popular with holidaymakers.
Nature is particularly well preserved in the Pyrénées Orientales since the department has 11 nature reserves!
The Cerbère-Banyuls marine nature reserve is the only exclusively marine reserve in the country. Furthermore, the natural reserve of the Massane forest extends over 300 hectares and is very popular with hikers, as is the Canigou massif. The Catalan Pyrenees Regional Nature Park has around sixty lakes, numerous hiking trails and offers a wide range of activities such as fishing, water sports and walks of all kinds. Crossing the regional natural park by open wagon is possible, especially in summer, with the little yellow train of Cerdagne!
The department also has animal parks and caves such as the Grotte de la Fou. For a well being stay, the Eastern Pyrenees are also a perfect destination. The hot springs (in Llo, Saint Thomas and Dorres) as well as its 5 thermal resorts, including Amélie-les-bains, promise long moments of relaxation.
As a department filled with long running history, there are many buildings that defy time, such as the Fort de Salses or the famous Vauban fortifications and the fortress of Mont Louis, the highest fortified city in France! We also advise you to visit the abbey of Saint Michel, the cloister of Elne, the unusual abandoned village of Opoul-Perillos and of course the palace of the kings of Majorca in Perpignan, the Catalan capital.
The Pyrénées-Orientales promise to be a one-of-a-kind experience for any roadtrip, vanlife and camping fans out there!
All year round, the weather is mild in the Pyrénées-Orientales department. If you can't stand the high heat and big crowd of people, avoid the months of July and August. However, the month of May is an excellent choice to visit the whole department allowing you to discover this specific part of southern France in complete tranquility, while you can enjoy swimming in the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.