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Luxury air-conditioned waterfront apartment Port-Vendres France

June 27, 2009 | | Comments 1

Our large (123 square metres = 1324 square feet) flat is the entire second floor of an old building on the quay of this lovely old deep-water port, with lots of restaurants, shops, etc, immediately to hand. The position and view are literally unique! The listed facade of the building, completely refurbished and repainted in March 2007, is one of the most photographed sights in Port-Vendres.
Unusually for a second-floor flat, because Port-Vendres rises steeply behind the quay we have a terrace of about 20 square metres at the back, reached by a short raised walkway! On the terrace are a table and chairs as well as a small barbecue.
Port-Vendres is one of the few deep water ports in the French Mediterranean, and this has formed its history for thousands of years. It is a major fishing port for this coast, with all sizes of boats from one-man skiffs to cruise liners and large trawlers. As a result the restaurants around the harbour specialise in fresh fish. Several good restaurants round the port offer a delicious three-course menu for about €14. However, if you want to cook your own, several boats sell their catch to the public direct from the quayside – they can’t be fresher than this!
For those who don’t feel confident enough of their fish recognition skills to risk this sort of direct selling, there is a wonderful covered market – the Criée – selling fresh fish and shellfish in a more “shop like” atmosphere.

In the early 1920’s, Port-Vendres was home to the famous Scottish architect and designer, Charles Rennie MacKintosh, who produced a series of watercolours of the town and the surrounding area. He returned to England to die, but requested that his wife scatter his ashes in the harbour here, thus commemorating some of the happiest years of his life.

The vineyards around Port-Vendres produce high quality Collioure or Banyuls AOC wines, as well as more modest Vins de pays.

Title of Listing: Luxury air-conditioned waterfront apartment
Country: France
State/County/Province: Pyrenees-Orientales
Town: Port-Vendres
Type of Rental: Apartment
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps up to: 6
Bathrooms: 3
Features: BBQ,non-smoking,Air Conditioning,Sea View,Pets allowed,Satellite Tv,Internet
Low Season: £460/€600
High Season: £800/€1100


Luxury air-conditioned waterfront apartment Port-Vendres France

Luxury air-conditioned waterfront apartment Port-Vendres France


Luxury air-conditioned waterfront apartment Port-Vendres France

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