Banyuls-sur-Mer at the base of the Pyrenees

Banyuls-sur-Mer at the base of the Pyrenees

 

Banyuls is just the kind of town you want at the end of a journey on foot – one of low-key, undemanding pleasures, with an easygoing ambience that the French seem to effortlessly excel in. In summer, a handful of holidaying French families relax on the town’s pebbly beach, others promenade by the picturesque fishing port, while the energetic snorkel amongst the rich underwater marine life. Vineyard visits (Banyuls’ red dessert wines are justly celebrated) and lingering lunches at restaurants that reveal a fine Catalonian palate complete the town’s cosseting aura of quiet indulgence – this is after all the endpoint of the GR10, the gruelling trans-Pyrenean footpath, so if you can’t pamper yourself a little here, where can you?

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