On the Occitanie Rail Tour

Discover Banyuls-sur-Mer

Banyuls-sur-Mer wraps around a lovely cove, sheltered from the Tramontana wind. The village is set against a beautiful backdrop of terraced vineyards, home of the famous AOP Banyuls natural sweet wine. A boardwalk runs along the beach where pedestrians can stroll past statues by Aristide Maillol, a native of the town.

A scuba diving hotspot, the coast of Banyuls is also home to France's first Marine Nature Reserve, dedicated to the protection of endangered species over 6 kilometres of coastline, stretching as far as Cerbère.


Between traditional festivities, art and the wealthy biodiversity of the Mediterranean, Banyuls-sur-Mer boasts many highlights. Note that Maillol Museum is 1 hours' walk from the village.

In Banyuls-sur-Mer, you'll enjoy:

  • Following the  “Dans les pas d’Aristide ” marked itinerary through the typical narrow streets of Cap d'Osna, the old fishermen's district where the sculptor used to live
  • Tasting a glass of AOP Banyuls sweet wine in one of the wineries close to the station (there are around a dozen!*)
  • Snorkeling along the marked itinerary of the underwater trail of Banyuls-sur-Mer
  • Experiencing your first dive or playing the explorer on a sea kayak to discover wild coves and hidden caves More than 15 service providers available.
  • Hiking along the beautiful Sentier du Littoral (coastline trail), and discovering Paulilles Cove to the north, a listed natural site, or to the south, Cerbère and then Spain.

*Check the “Activities” tab for a full list of service providers.

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