The 36 Communes
City of Le Barcarès
Situated between the Mediterranean Sea and the lake, rich in preserved natural spaces, Le Barcarès is a listed tourist port town with 80/150,000 inhabitants. The gateway to northern Catalonia, "El Barcares" (port of boats) is a lively town, both in summer and winter, with the Electrobeach festival, the Latin Sailing Trobada, the fishermen's festival... and the Christmas Village! Every year it attracts new residents who are attracted by its dynamism and its exceptional environment.
The commune extends over 1,165 hectares, along 10 km of beaches, has 5,925 inhabitants (Insee) and nearly 150,000 in the summer season.
On 22 March 1929, the commune of "Le Barcarès" acquired its administrative independence, separating from Saint-Laurent de la Salanque. The small hamlet of the origins, living essentially from fishing, grew around its church, its town hall and its school.
From 1963 to 1967, the Racine mission designed a new territory and transformed the village into a very popular seaside resort: the Presqu'ile, Nautica and La Coudalère districts were reclaimed from the lake, while canals and marinas shaped a unique port area. On the Grande Plage side, the Allée des Arts and the Lydia - a famous sand liner - are the signature of "Port-Barcarès", as is the architecture of Georges Candilis, which has since been designated as a 20th century heritage site. A creator of events, Le Barcarès keeps tourists and residents loyal all year round. Today, the Ila Catala project for the expansion and requalification of the port, or the installation of floating wind turbines at sea, continue to give the town a lasting structure.
Number of inhabitants
The town of Le Barcarès has approximately 5,925 inhabitants. Its inhabitants are called Barcarésiens.
Every year, during the Fishermen's Festival, celebrated on 15 August, it hosts the Sétoises jousts where the bravest compete; but also the "llaguts de rem" rowing races on Catalan boats, in the Tourette basin, where the best men's and women's teams in the region take part.
A traditional fishermen's village has been reconstructed. Come and discover the original "casotes" and latin sail boats, from the 17th century fishing.