The gorgeous western Mediterranean coast begins at the resorts around Perpignan. Its many highlights include the the ancient town of Collioure with its 12th-century fortress, and the long beach of Argelès-sur-Mer on the Cote Vermeille
. The coastline around the Leucate peninsula is one of France's windiest stretches, turning the area into the windsports capital of France. Towns and cities like Beziers
add to the attractions of the Herault bfore you come to the Bouches-du-Rhone then onto Marseille.
Surrounding Marseilles is the mysterious Camargues area, to the east the naval port of Toulon and the wonderful Iles d’Hyeres. Go a little beyond this and you reach glitzy Saint-Tropez. The western part of the Mediterranean looks out onto the stretch of water known as the Golfe du Lion.