Canet-Plage Travel Guide

  • Arles-sur-Tech
    Arles-sur-Tech
    by Beausoleil
  • Fountain by Eglise St. Jacques
    Fountain by Eglise St. Jacques
    by Beausoleil
  • Nature Reserve opposite Canet-Plage
    Nature Reserve opposite Canet-Plage
    by Beausoleil

Canet-Plage Things to Do

  • Beausoleil's Profile Photo
    Fountain by Eglise St. Jacques 3 more images

    by Beausoleil Updated Feb 10, 2014

    Everyone goes to Canet-Plage and forgets the lovely village of Canet or more properly, Canet-en-Roussillon. It was there long before the beach resorts opened and there is a lot of history. It is very picturesque and quite friendly. Drive inland a few kilometers from the beach following signs to Canet (or take the bus) and discover another world.

    There is parking above Eglise St. Jacques just off of ave. de Ste. Marie. Park and walk through the Old Town and don't miss the church with it's fountain. There is a sculpture garden around the church and Maire (town hall) that is a lot of fun. They are in the process of restoring the ancient chateau-fortress and it's worth a walk-around. Virtually all the information is in French so use a translator to get an idea of it or look at the excellent photos. Chateau Vicomtal in Canet-en-Roussillon

    Enjoy a place completely without tourists as you take a break from the beach.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Beausoleil's Profile Photo
    Sign at entry 4 more images

    by Beausoleil Updated May 29, 2013

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    There is a long stretch of perfect sand beach with lovely waves and mountain views. If you park your car (or bicycle) along the beach and turn away from the sea, you will find the Canet en Roussillon Nature Reserve waiting to be explored. These straw houses are still used by local fishermen who are the only ones who have rights to fish here and use the traditional methods.

    You can walk the paths and there are two viewing stations for bird watchers. You may even spot the elusive ragondin (French version of the muskrat and, unfortunately, an introduced pest, albeit a cute one).

    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Birdwatching
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • lomi's Profile Photo

    by lomi Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Canet Plage is walking on its sandy beaches, it is Mediterranean seas and a marina and watersports.

    Canet Plage is a massive nature reserve with winding walks along the creeks and peaceful pine forests.

    Canet Plage is criss-crossed with cycle tracks and I'm looking forward to cycling along most of the Catalan coast to Canet Plage, next Spring.

    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Cycling

    Was this review helpful?

Canet-Plage Restaurants

  • Rimini Pizzeria, Canet-Plage

    by angelordevil Written Jun 12, 2004

    Located opposite the Post Office at Canet-Plage, this restaurant was full on a quiet evening, when all other establishments were looking rather dead.

    A rather cosy, homely little place, the staff were welcoming and child-friendly. We were running low on cash, so it was also useful to note that they took Visa as well, just in case!

    Offers a good selection of tasty Pizzas, Pastas & meat dishes at fairly reasonable prices.

    As with most restaurants in the area, dogs are allowed to join their owners at the table, which some people may not feel comfortable with.

    Favorite Dish: Had a number of different Pizzas and Pastas - all very nice and all around 8 - 9 Euros (approx £6.50 / $9), which was reasonably good value.

    Kids meal - either cheese and tomato pizza or buttered spaghetti with ham (quite big portions which outface smaller children), plus a choice of ice cream and fruit juice all for 6 Euros was more than enough for our children (8 & 4) - they certainly enjoyed it, and ate almost all of it.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

Canet-Plage Transportation

  • Seat Leon

    by angelordevil Updated Apr 4, 2011

    We decided to get a hire car from Toulouse to Canet-Plage.

    The best deal I was able to get was through Europcar (on the web, of course!). Not only were they cheaper than their rivals, but they were offering 1.9 litre turbo diesel engines, whereas everyone else was offering 1.4 litre petrol.

    I then discovered that I could get a further discount as a member of the AA (UK) through Arc Europe - http://www.arceurope.com/, which offers discounts to affiliated automobile clubs.

    Ended up with a Seat Leon 1.9 TDI, air con, CD player - the works for about £17 a day. However, I did pay a further 6 Euros a day to reduce CDW excess from approx 1500 Euros to 167 Euros. Very nice car to drive & great economy.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • by angelordevil Written Jun 12, 2004

    Although there are flight to nearby Perpignan through FlyBE and RyanAir, we found the cost prohibitive, and the service was unavailable from nearby airports.

    Instead, we opted to fly to Toulouse from Nottingham East Midlands Airport through BMI Baby (and then hire a car), which was about a third cheaper than the competition. You can book up to 6 months in advance - the earlier you book, the more you save. Flights are on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, although the weekday flights tend to be cheaper.

    We managed to get flights for a family of four for approx £60 each, including tax.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Canet-Plage Hotels

    0 Hotels in Canet-Plage

Canet-Plage Warnings and Dangers

  • Beausoleil's Profile Photo
    Canet-Plage

    by Beausoleil Written Jul 23, 2007

    If you visit this beach, you will never return to the Riviera. This is uncrowded most of the year and only moderately crowded in July and August. The beach is great; the sand is great and the surf is great . . . Did I mention the view is great?

    It is very hard to leave this place.

    Related to:
    • Windsurfing
    • Beaches
    • Cycling

    Was this review helpful?

Canet-Plage Tourist Traps

  • lomi's Profile Photo

    by lomi Written Jan 31, 2010

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The main plaza near the tourist information office is the plaza Méditerranée. There are three coffee bars there. Normally a coffee would cost about 90c-1.20 euros, but the coffee bars here charged a whopping 3 euros for a coffee!

    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Camping

    Was this review helpful?

Canet-Plage Off The Beaten Path

  • Beausoleil's Profile Photo
    Collioure 4 more images

    by Beausoleil Updated Jul 7, 2013

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    We usually stay at Canet-Plage for a week or two and that gives us time to explore the entire region. It is a magical area and you can't run out of things to do while there. One year when we had one of our daughters with us, we bought Cathar Passes and made a wild attempt to visit all the places on the pass. We didn't quite make it but we had a lot of fun trying. Sometimes we just have a rainy day and want to do something inside so we visit one of the larger cities in the area for museums, churches and indoor markets. I've created VT Travel Pages on many of these places so rather than repeat myself here, I'll just put a list of links to the different places that are good day trips from Canet-Plage.

    Banyuls-sur-Mer by Beausoleil
    Carcassonne by Beausoleil
    Castelnou by Beausoleil
    Cerbere by Beausoleil
    Ceret by Beausoleil
    Colera in Spain by Beausoleil
    Collioure by Beausoleil
    Elne by Beausoleil
    Foix by Beausoleil
    General Languedoc Ideas by Beausoleil
    Mirepoix by Beausoleil
    Narbonne by Beausoleil
    Perpignan by Beausoleil
    St. Hilaire and sparkling wine by Beausoleil
    Thuir by Beausoleil
    Toulouse by Beausoleil

    We once took a trip to Lourdes from Canet-en-Roussillon but it was an overnight trip, not a day trip. Lourdes is probably best visited when you are staying nearer that area but if it's your only chance for a long time, it is possible. Our oldest daughter was with us and wouldn't be back for many years so it seemed like a good idea and we enjoyed the trip, stopping to visit Chateau Puivert on the way.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Arts and Culture
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Canet-Plage

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

58 travelers online now

Comments

Map of Canet-Plage

View all Canet-Plage hotels