Cerbère,view from the South,the border in 2 km
Cerbère,the last commune of the Côte Vermeille(Vermillon Coast) after Collioure,Port-Vendres and Banyuls and the last before Spain is a relatively young settlement.Few times after the French Revolution it was a small hamlet of 10 families with a few seasonal fishermen.In the early 19th century,SMUGGLING with Spain started along the coast.
The real booster for the town was the birth of Railway and the opening of the line from Perpignan to Spain in 1878.
houses in Cerbère
Traffic was immediately important and led to a rapid growth of population.As France
used different rail gauges
,Cerbère is,like its Spanish sister Portbou,quite busy with various transfer or gauge adjustment operations.Since that time all the economic activity has been connected to the railway and the border.Agricultural lands are all reserved for vineyards producing Banyuls wines and Collioure AOC wines (don't worry Cerbère can really produce Collioure and Banyuls wines!!!)
There is a reliable diving center close to the Marine Reserve.For the young snorkellers,a subaquatic path is located close to the Peyrefite beach.
Cerbere Sights & Attractions review
An original subaquatic trail!
Located at the Peyrefite Cape,between Banyuls sur mer and Cerbère,at the south boundary of the first French Marine Reserve created in 1974,the underw… read entire review