Le Barcarès is a comparatively new town as towns in Languedoc go. It has only been in existence for about 400 years, which makes it almost 'une nouvelle ville' when you consider that many of the villages in the region can trace their lineage back to the Romans or even beyond. Before the 17th century, the site where Le Barcarès now is was nothing more than a stretch of sand separating the sea from the lagoon. A small fishing village was established and then, in 1939 a host of Republicans fleeing the Spanish Civil War came to rest here swelling the numbers of the village and creating a substantial population.
Le Barcarès has gone from strength to strength since then and is now one of the many highly popular resorts along the southern French Mediterranean coast. The étang now offers several marinas and it is a joy to be able to stroll along the quay watching the boats and yachty folk.
Our favourite restaurant in Le Barcarès is the very original Le Mexi-Can wich serves delicious mexican and french quisine and is made out of, well obviously, cans! Another top-spot is The 'Lydia' restaurant inside the old ferry that's peacefully laid to rest on the beachside.