November 13, 2013

Cote Vermeille in the South of France - a panorama

This is a stitch of 3 photos made in the port leading in to the deep sea harbour of the small Catalan village Port-Vendres in the very South of France along Cote Vermeille.

In November there is often wind blowing from NorthWest (in the very back you can see the line of mountains raising beyond the Rousillon landscape from where the wind come howling.)

More of Port-Vendres from the net:
Port-Vendres (Catalan: Portvendres) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.

A typical Mediterranean fishing port, situated near the Spanish border on the Côte Vermeille in south west France, Port-Vendres is renowned for its numerous fish and sea food restaurants.

Port-Vendres is one of the few deep-water ports in this part of the French Mediterranean coast. It takes freighters and cruise ships, as well as large and small fishing boats which may be seen arriving with their daily catch.

The geomorphology of Port-Vendres meant that it developed in a different way from the nearby port of Collioure. Whereas Collioure has two beaches which slowly descend into a relatively shallow sandy-bottomed harbour, Port-Vendres is deeper and rockier.

Collioure and Port-Vendres have therefore been used for different purposes - Collioure for small commercial ship and Port-Vendres for larger vessels and military transports. During the 20th century, this made it a main point of embarkation for French troops going to serve in Algeria.

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