Banyuls sur Mer is considered as its wine and its numerous vineyards.
Banyuls it is also the beach(range) and the creeks in the heart of the Ruby Coast(Rib). Situated in the Pyrénées-Orientales, in 30 minutes of Perpignan and 20 minutes of Spain, Banyuls sur Mer is the must-visit city in your journey in the southwest of France.
Come to discover it fabulous territory between vineyard and sea!
The team of Solhotel will recommend to you to organize your visits of museums, and your activities.
Banyuls is ideally situated in an environment where abounds a multitude of places to be discovered
- The Maillol museum: native of the city of Banyuls, Aristide Maillol’s place of residence was transformed into museum opened to the public. Some of his works are also visible in the city.
- The aquarium of the oceanographic observatory: you will discover more than 200 sorts of vegetables, marine invertebrates and fishes.
- The botanical garden: situated in the Mas of in Reig, at feet of the Massif of Albères, this 3 hectare park contributes to emphasize the variety of the flora and the fauna of the Massif of Pyrenees.
- The small train of Banyuls sur Mer will allow you to discover vineyards and landscapes of Banyuls.
Banyuls and its surroundings
- The Bay of Collioure : in 10 minutes of Banyuls-sur Mer you can discover the history and the heritage of Collioure.
- Argeles on sea: you can find numerous animations some
- Figueras: situated in the North of Catalonia, in Spain, you can visit the museum of famous Salvador Dali but you will find also the remarkable museum of the toy there.
- Cadaques : you can visit in the village of Cadaques the house of the lightning Salavador Dali.
Also discover Barcelona, Font Romeu, Andore Mont Louis …
There are many activities to discover in and around Banyuls.
Activités nautical: take advantage of various nautical activities on Banuyls.
Exceptional paths will allow you to discover the magic landscapes which offers Banyuls.
17 cellars and vineyards to be visited on Banyul.
Leisure activities :
Cataland Park: inflatable Castles and trampolines on the central beach of Banyuls.
Argelès Aventure : park accrobranche (Tyrolean, bridgesof monkeys, swings)
Aqualand : sensational aquatic Park (slides, relaxing spaces)
Canyoning park : sensational aquatic Park (slides of rock, rappel down, Tyrolean)
Mini Golf : Mini-golf by the sea.
Thalassotherapy: Thalacap Catalogne proposes you care à la carte or thalassotherapies of half-day.
The markets of Banyuls and it’s surrounding :
In Banyuls sur Mer, you will find markets all year round on Thursdays and Sundays. In July and August, shops open until midnight on Thursdays, there is a craft market every evening on the waterfront, a market of local products on Friday and a flea market every Friday mornings.
You can stroll in the local markets (Port-Vendres, Collioure, Cerbères …).
Port-Bou : market on Friday mornings
Figueras : market on Thursdays mornings
Gérone : market on Tuesday and Saturday
Rosas : market on Sunday mornings
Festivities in Banyuls sur Mer
Festival of flamenco Ascencion Flamenca Expositions, parade horse, musical entertainments in the bars and cellars, recital of Pedro Soler, ambulation with people of Seville which is attended by the Alexandre Romero’s company and the Coro Sevillano Solera, tablao flamenco, local market, gathering of Seville’s citizens, training courses of cajon with Israel Suarez, show with the flamenca Patricia Guerrero company …
The carnival takes place in April to open the summer season on 2 weekend.
Processions with castellers, gegants, bastoners…, Sardanes with cobla Casenoves, Group Exhibition, Onyar’s Devils Exhibition.
The first Harvest Festival of Banyuls took place on the third weekend of October 1996.
At the beginning, there were several passionate protagonists who wanted to restore and update the harvest of yesteryear.
The couple Monique and Bernard Sapéras, she’s primary school teacher and holder of a Bachelor degree of Sciences and Life of the Earth and comes from Banyuls, he’s an oenologist and he comes from Ariège. Together, they settle in Banyuls and take over the familyfield Vial-Magnères in which Bernard will work out the first Banyuls white wine. Monique had her heart set on doing the transmission of competences to young people. Wishing that all children of her school could know the work the trade of the wine, she has the idea to create a vineyard for these children.
In parallel, elected Cathy Rousseil-Mucciolo proposes to local council a project: the creation of the genuine celebration around the wine, popular and convivial. A celebration which the vine growers could take over. She thinks of a tasting of wine at the heart of the village, followed by a meal, which gathers the grape-pickers to celebrate the end of the grape harvest. This one won’t take place in the vines, like usually, but on the beach to open the tables and the wine grower’s traditions with the general public. This strong symbol of the local identity would be also the occasion to commemorate another ancestral specificity of Banyuls: the transport of the grapes by boat from the slopes precipice to the town.
In 1998, an association has been constituted “Banyuls Celebrates Grape harvest”, presided by Bernard Sapéras. The goal of this association is to continue the preliminary draft of “the organization, the promotion and the animation of the annual celebration of the Banyuls’ wine and any other demonstration refer it”.
In 2009, this celebration becomes labeled and the brand “Banyuls Celebrates Grape Harvest” is deposited at the National institute of the Industrial Property. Over the time, and with the support of the Trade unions of the vine growers and several local councils, the celebration has evolved and became a beautiful showcase for the town and a highlight for the resident’s life.
Today, seventeen associations of the town help this organization. About fifty voluntary works throughout the year to let 7000 visitors share with the entire vine growers this great moment.