It is located near the French border in the Costa Brava region, and frequently serves as a dropping off point for SNCF trains coming from Cerbère in France. Portbou is situated in the most mountainous area of the Costa Brava, and the closely-packed houses slope steeply up the valley from the waterfront.
The peaceful bay has been called a ‘natural amphitheater.’ It shelters an uncrowded, and stunningly beautiful pebbled beach. Uncrowded because though Portbou has some hotels, a tourist office and other tourist facilities it is not (yet) a major tourist destination.
Portbou was a small but important point for the republicans during the Spanish Civil War, as it was one of the few places from where they could get supplies from abroad.
Portbou is also where German philosopher Walter Benjamin committed suicide and was buried in 1940. There is a monument in his honor, by Dani Karavan.
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Reminds me of the first time I saw the Mediterranean, from that part of the coastline. Nice.
Gorgeous place and beautiful photos!
Wonderful photos.. It looks like the perfect getaway 😄
wow wow what a beautiful unspoilt port. Would love to see it in person sometime. Thank you for sharing.
I was in this location at the end of 2015, visiting the in-laws in not-so-far-away Argeles-sur-Mer. That entire region is beautiful, whether you are in French Catalan or Spanish Catalonia. Have you ever hike Le Sentier Littoral from Le Racou to Collioure, or even on to Banyuls? Lovely.