Situated in the Pyrénées-Orientales département , the French Catalan coast (also known as the Côte Vermeille) enjoys no fewer than 320 days of sunshine a year! Choosing a Catalan holiday also enables you to take advantage of 40km of beaches, 20km of creeks, fishing ports and marinas, numerous water sports (sailing, kite surfing, scuba diving etc), a golf course, lovely places to stroll and a real sense of getting away from it all. The Pyrénées-Orientales contributed to the creation of the first marine reserve in France, the Réserve Naturelle Marine de Cerbère-Banyuls. Catalan wines, including red, white and rosé Côtes du Roussillon, Muscats de Rivesaltes and Banyuls, are full of character, while the restaurants here serve delicious cuisine in warm and friendly surroundings. Overlooking the coast, Mont Canigou, the holy mountain of Catalonia, stands at an altitude in excess of 2,700m and is an officially recognised “Grand Site de France”. Would you like to rent a house by the Mediterranean? Or a villa with a swimming pool and a sea view? Check out POPLIDAYS’ selection of holiday rentals today.