November 19, 2013

Port-Vendres in November

After many days of strong wind the waves outside the small harbour of Port-Vendres in South of France is filled with whitetopped waves. While the waters inside the wavebreaker still is more calm.

It is interesting to see those changes of Cote Vermeille through different seasons.

From the net:
Even before it became an important harbour of the Kingdom of Majorca during the 13th century, Port-Vendres had already been known since the 6th century BC by Greek navigators as « Portus veneris » (the port of Venus). There has always been an important shipping activity in this natural shelter.

From 1838 on, when France got involved in economical exchanges with North Africa, the port was enlarged and improved. It enabled Port-Vendres to become an important commercial port (“the shortest crossing and the most sheltered waters”). Goods and passengers traffic flourished and increased until 1962.

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