Last modified: 2005-04-09 by ivan sache
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by Ivan Sache
The Mediterranean coast of Roussillon between Argelès-Plage and the border with Spain (35 km) was nicknamed Côte Vermeille in the XIXth century. The rocks of the coast have a pink reddish shade at sunrise and sundown, similar to the shade called in French vermeil. The main ports of the coast are, from north to south, Collioure, Port-Vendres, Banyuls and Cerbère.
Port-Vendres is the old Portus Veneris (Venus' Port), built at the
end of a cove and fortified by Vauban at the end of the XVIIth century.
Port-Vendres is today the main fishing port in Roussillon.
Société Nautique de la Côte Vermeille, based in Port-Vendres, was founded in 1932. Its burgee is blue with a white star fimbriated at hoist and a "Catalan" diamond at fly.
Source: Yacht Club de France website (affiliated clubs)
Ivan Sache, 29 December 2004