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The beach at Argelès-sur-Mer
The beach at Argelès-sur-Mer
Coat of arms of Argelès-sur-Mer
Coat of arms
Argelès-sur-Mer is located in France
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Pyrénées-Orientales
Arrondissement Céret
Canton Argelès-sur-Mer
Intercommunality Communauté de communes des Albères et de la Côte Vermeille
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Pierre Aylagas
Area1 58.67 km2 (22.65 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 9,901
 • Density 170/km2 (440/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 66008 / 66700
Elevation 0–1,099 m (0–3,606 ft)
(avg. 16 m or 52 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Argelès-sur-Mer (Catalan: Argelers de la Marenda or simply Argelers) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.

It lies near Perpignan.


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Government and politics 3
    • Mayors 3.1
  • Population and society 4
    • Demography 4.1
    • Education 4.2
    • Sports 4.3
  • Culture 5
    • Sites of interest 5.1
    • Notable people 5.2
  • See also 6
  • External links 7
  • References 8


Argelès-sur-Mer is located in the canton of Argelès-sur-Mer and in the arrondissement of Céret.

Argelès-sur-Mer is located in the coast sector of the Côte Vermeille at the foot of the Albères mountain range, just a short drive away from the Spanish border. Argelès-sur-Mer is the longest beach of Pyrenées Orientales.

Map of Argelès-sur-Mer and its surrounding communes


During World War II, Argelès-sur-Mer was the location of a French concentration camp, the infamous Camp de concentration d'Argelès-sur-Mer, where up to 100,000 defeated Spanish Republicans were interned by a windy beach in abysmal sanitary conditions by the French government after the defeat of the Spanish Republic. The refugees streamed to the camp beginning in the winter of 1938/39 after the collapse of the Catalonian front following the rebel offensive.[1]

Government and politics


Mayor Term start Term end
Marc Surjus 1800 1813
Paul Pujas[2] ca. 1815 ?
Gaston Pams 1953 1981
Isidore Fourriques 1981 1983
Jean Carrère 1983 2001
Pierre Aylagas 2001

Population and society




The Étoile sportive catalane is the rugby union club of Argelès-sur-Mer.


Sites of interest

Dolmen of the Collets de Cotlliure
Notre-Dame del Prat
Town hall
  • Dolmen of the Collets de Cotlliure (Monument historique)
  • Dolmen of the Cova de l'Alarb (Monument historique)
  • Dolmen of Sant Pere dels Forquets
  • Chapel of Saint-Jérôme d'Argelès, from the 10th century
  • Church of Saint-Ferréol de la Pava (Monument historique), from the 10th century
  • Parish church of Notre-Dame del Prat, from the 14th to the 20th centuries (Monument historique)
  • Church of Sainte-Marie de Torreneules, from the 8th to the 10th centuries
  • Abbey of Valbonne, from the 13th to the 14th centuries
  • Church of Saint-Laurent-du-Mont, from the 12th century (Monument historique)
  • Church of Saint-Martin-et-Sainte-Croix, from the 11th or 12th century, and the old village of Taxo d'Avall (both Monument historique)
  • Church of Saint-Pierre dels Forquets, pre-romanesque ruins
  • Castle of Pujols, from the 13th century (Monument historique)
  • Massane tower, in the Albera Massif, from the 13th century
  • Castle of Valmy, from the 19th century
  • Casa de l'Albera, museum about the Albera Massif
Natural sites
  • National nature reserve of the Mas Larrieu
  • National nature reserve of the Massane forest
  • The Bois des pins is the historical pine forest located near the beach front. Created in the 1860s by the General Council of the Pyrénées-Orientales, it still has to this day over 8,000 centenarian pines.[3]

Notable people

  • Marcelle Narbonne (1898-2012) : supercentenarian who lived and died in Argelès-sur-Mer.
  • David Ensor (1906-1987) : British lawyer, actor, author and Labour Party politician, lived and died in Argelès-sur-Mer.
  • Marc Lièvremont (1968-) : former rugby union footballer raised in Argelès-sur-Mer and former member of the Étoile sportive catalane club.

See also

External links

  • Town council website
  • Information in Catalan Encyclopaedia


  • INSEE commune file
  1. ^ Corazón Helado de 1939 - Los exilios republicanos
  2. ^ (French) Fabricio Cardenas, , 12 january 2014Argelès, 11 juin 1815Vieux papiers des Pyrénées-Orientales,
  3. ^ Cárdenas, Fabricio (2014). 66 petites histoires du Pays Catalan [66 Little Stories of Catalan Country] (in Français). Perpignan: Ultima Necat.  

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