Discovering Saint-Cyprien: A family-friendly escape on the Vermilion Coast

In today’s fast-paced world, family travellers seek more than just beachside relaxation; they crave exploration and immersion in the richness of new places. From heritage sites and local specialities to leisure activities and gastronomy, modern families desire a lifestyle enriched with culture and diversity, guided by authentic values of planet preservation and eco-responsibility.

Saint-Cyprien in Southern France has adeptly adjusted to these evolving demands, aligning its tourism seamlessly with this contemporary trend. My teenage son Diego and I recently had the pleasure of visiting Pierre et Vacancesnew resort there and enjoyed a well-deserved rest and sunshine for a few days. Here’s all about it.

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A futuristic retreat: Exploring Pierre et Vacances resort

Nestled between sea and mountains lies the Pierre et Vacances resort, a futuristic oasis reminiscent of scenes from Don’t worry darling movie. Boasting 151 newly built bungalows, including 79 villas and 72 apartments designed to accommodate groups of 6 or 4 people, this sustainable haven impressed me with its quality and luxury.

Each bungalow is meticulously designed with sustainability in mind, reflecting Pierre et Vacances’ commitment to environmental stewardship. The kitchens are equipped with a plethora of useful tools, allowing guests to whip up a variety of dishes with ease.

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The resort’s prime location offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Within a 40-minute drive, you can reach Spain, opening up endless possibilities for exploration. Additionally, guests can explore the surrounding area by bike, embarking on a scenic tour spanning wetlands, quaint villages, bustling ports, and expansive beaches equipped with specially designed bike racks.

Accessibility is prioritised at the resort, with 8 villas and 8 flats designed to accommodate guests with special needs. The construction of the villas using Douglas wood, sourced locally from Perpignan, adds to the charm and sustainability of the resort, embodying the concept of kilometre zero.

Convenience is key at Pierre et Vacances, with a fish and produce market just 200 meters from the resort, offering a taste of regional delicacies. Additionally, within 500 meters, guests have access to a range of sports facilities, including horseback riding, kite surfing, tennis, and rugby.

As a multi-generational holiday concept, Pierre et Vacances caters to families, providing a plethora of activities for guests of all ages. From mini-golf and skateboard parks to hammocks and muscle awakening sessions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Diego and I made new friends and enjoyed endless table football matches, creating cherished memories of fun-filled evenings.

The resort’s amenities extend beyond land to the sea, with boat trips offering guests the opportunity to explore the coastline and immerse themselves in the excitement of regatta races. And let’s not forget about the sunshine – Southern France’s radiant sun and breath-taking sunsets provided the perfect backdrop for our four days of blissful escape.

Pierre et Vacances Resort offers a harmonious blend of sustainability, luxury, and adventure, making it the perfect destination for families seeking unforgettable experiences in the heart of nature.

Unveiling the allure of Saint-Cyprien

Saint-Cyprien is a seaside haven beckoning travellers with promises of adventure, culture, and eco-conscious living in the heart of the Vermilion Coast. Diego and I embarked on an investigative journey into this coastal gem to uncover its hidden treasures.

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A cultural mosaic

Saint-Cyprien’s charm lies not only in its picturesque beaches but also in its rich cultural tapestry. With a population of 11,398 in winter swelling to 85,000 in summer, this resort town pulses with life and energy. Its historic centre, characterised by steep alleys and brick constructions, offers a glimpse into its Catalan heritage, where the language still echoes in the streets. The town’s festivals, including Saint-Jean, Saint-Pierre, and Festa Major, attract residents and tourists alike, fostering a sense of community and celebration.

An outdoor playground

For outdoor enthusiasts, Saint-Cyprien is a paradise waiting to be explored. With 6 kilometres of Blue Flag-certified sandy beaches and 80 kilometres of greenways for cyclists and pedestrians, the possibilities for adventure are endless. The Grand Stade Les Capellans sports complex boasts 16 outdoor tennis courts, 4 indoor tennis courts, 3 outdoor padel courts, and 3 squash courts, catering to amateurs and high-level practitioners alike. Additionally, the Aquasud aquatic complex offers a wide range of activities year-round, from aqua gym to diving baptisms, providing entertainment for visitors of all ages.

A culinary trip

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No visit to Saint-Cyprien is complete without indulging in its culinary delights. Food trucks such as Les Roulettes line the streets, offering a taste of Catalan cuisine, from savoury crepes to traditional fideua. Every Saturday, the port hosts a grill event, showcasing the region’s gastronomic prowess and inviting visitors to savour the flavours of Northern Catalunya. For those seeking a more refined dining experience, the town’s restaurants – such as Can Paco – serve up a feast of fresh seafood, local produce, and world-class wines, tantalising the taste buds and satisfying the soul.

Sustainable living

Saint-Cyprien’s commitment to eco-responsibility is evident in its green initiatives and eco-friendly practices. The city is traversed by numerous paths reserved for pedestrians, cyclists, and horse riders, offering a peaceful and environmentally friendly means of transportation. The botanical gardens, labelled as a Remarkable Garden, welcome nearly 90,000 visitors annually, showcasing plant species from around the world and promoting biodiversity conservation. Additionally, the Prade Park, a “green lung” of Saint-Cyprien, provides a tranquil oasis for residents and visitors alike, fostering a deeper connection with nature.

Accessibility and connectivity

Located just 2 hours from Barcelona and 45 minutes from Figueres, Saint-Cyprien offers easy access to major cities and attractions in Northern Catalunya. Flights from London to Perpignan or Toulouse provide convenient transportation options, followed by a short drive or taxi ride to the resort. Whether arriving by air or land, visitors can expect seamless connectivity and efficient transportation services, ensuring a hassle-free journey to their destination.

 

Saint-Cyprien emerges as a multifaceted destination, where history meets modernity, and adventure intertwines with relaxation. From its vibrant cultural scene to its pristine beaches and sustainable practices, this coastal town offers a myriad of experiences for travellers seeking authenticity and immersion in the beauty of the Vermilion Coast. As we bid farewell to Saint-Cyprien and our lovely bungalow at Pierre et Vacances, Diego and I carry with us memories of warmth, hospitality, and the spirit of discovery that defines this enchanting destination.

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