In the village of Portbou, located in the north of the Alt Empordà, on the border with France, you can find very authentic holiday cottages and ideal tourist accommodation to enjoy this town on the Costa Brava. A fantastic town for fans of history and active tourism, who want to swim in crystal clear beaches and discover the Albera mountain range.

What can I do in Portbou and its holiday cottages?

To the north of Alt Empordà and on the border with Vallespir, we find the small municipality of Portbou. A border town, between France and Spain, which grew parallel to the arrival of the railway.

The history of Portbou and its surroundings

The cove and the Portbou valley were, at least since the 10th century, uninhabited areas of the parish of Sant Miquel de Colera . Although it is assumed that at the end of the 17th century some fishermen's huts began to be built on the beach, it is not until the arrival of the railway, in the 19th century, that the great expansion of Portbou takes place. The toponym, by the way, derives from the Latin name Portu bovis and refers to the oxen, fishing trawlers that were saved from storms thanks to the shelter provided by the town's bay.

What to do during your stay at a tourist accommodation in Portbou

Stroll through the town or swim on its beaches

If you're staying in a holiday cottage in Portbou, you can't help but wander through the village's steep alleyways and discover its stately homes, which are now quite dilapidated. You can also choose to swim in one of its coves and beaches with crystal clear waters, such as Pi beach or Claper beach. If you like history, we encourage you to go to his cemetery and see the grave of the philosopher Walter Benjamin. And, if you feel like walking, you can follow the Walter Benjamin Route, an itinerary that starts at the foot of the station stairs and traces the footsteps of the German philosopher through the village and climbs up to the Coll dels Belitres, where you will find a memorial and a photographic exhibition in memory of the republican exiles of the Spanish Civil War.

Discover the surroundings of Portbou

If you like active tourism, you can walk around the natural surroundings of Portbou and enter the Albera Natural Park, where you can do different itineraries: the megalithic monuments, the Camí de France, which crosses mountains or the one that visits the monastery of Sant Quirze de Colera .

Latest opinions from our guests staying near Portbou

9.8

Average grade at Portbou

Opinions are 100% real and written by people like you.
We do not expect all of them to be perfect, we prefer them to be authentic.
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19/02/2024

CarlosCaseta del Mar - With the family

Total relaxation and great views

A place with a lot of charm and great facilities.
10
12/02/2024

SandrineCaseta del Mar - With the family

Very nice location! Very pretty house!

Very nice location! Very pretty house!
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13/06/2022

MarceloCaseta del Mar - Couple

From Monday to Friday at La Caseta del Mar

We had already been several times, always in winter, thinking that in summer there would be more people around, but no, the Cap de Vol area is still very quiet. Ideal place to relax and enjoy the house and the surroundings. Spectacular!
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09/12/2021

MarceloCaseta del Mar - Couple

1 week in December 2021 in La Caseta del Mar

Everything impeccably clean, the pool at its ideal temperature, the fireplace, the sea view. Very comfortable bed. Ahh and the coastal path between Llançà and Port de La Selva, a marvel !!!
10
29/10/2021

NataliaCaseta del Mar - With the family

Everything perfect in the Caseta del Mar

Very comfortable house and well located to make the path that passes very close. Very smooth and fast communication with the owner. Very nice treatment.
10
12/11/2020

SergioCaseta del Mar - With friends

4 days, 2 couples with children

Wonderful house, to the smallest detail, very nice and especially Lluís super attentive to everything. We will repeat for sure. 100% recommended.

Frequently asked questions about rural accommodations near Portbou

What is the usual price of a rural house in Portbou?

On average, booking a rural house in Portbou for a weekend costs between 72€ and 86€ per person per night and for a full week between 37€ and 85€ per person per night, depending on the season and the capacity of the house. You can check the available houses with the price and availability 100% updated on our website.

What is the average score of rural houses in Portbou?

Our rural houses in Portbou have an average rating of 9.8 (out of 10) based on 296 real Naturaki guest reviews. Nothing more reliable than the opinions of our most demanding customers.

How many houses with a pool do you have in Portbou?

In Portbou we have 1 rural houses with swimming pools of all sizes and colours. The outdoor swimming pools in our houses are open from Easter or from April 1st until the end of October. See here the [link_search_piscina] houses with pool in [place_name] available on our website.[fi_link_search_piscina]

How many villas with fireplaces do you have in Portbou?

In Portbou we have 1 charming houses with fireplaces. From October to April we will leave 20 kg of firewood for free next to the fireplace. Check here the houses with fireplaces available in Portbou on our website.

How far from Portbou is the nearest beach?

Portbou is a coastal town, so you can enjoy the best beaches just a few minutes from our houses.

How far from Barcelona is Portbou?

Portbou is only 142 km away from Barcelona as the crow flies. Our charming houses await you there!

Services and proposals near Portbou

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Nearby locations

Barcelona

Sagrada familia, La Pedrera, La Rambla, Camp Nou...
142 km

Girona

The Cathedral, the Rambla, the Stone Bridge, the old quarter, the houses of the Onyar
57 km

Peralada

The Castle, medieval town, the wines
18 km

Cadaqués

Cadaqués is much more than a village to bathe on the beach. The beaches of Cadaqués are very rocky, but near the worldwide known picturesque village we find the bay of Portlligat with the island that lies ahead and of which Salvador Dalí was its best known inhabitant. There you will discover the Dali Museum house, where he lived, surrounded by forests and vegetation, a good starting point if you want to access some beautiful beaches around like Cala Sabolla (before the lighthouse Cala Nans). It is not difficult to access and is ideal for rest and relaxation. Here you can find one of the bests “chiringuitos” of Costa Brava.
18 km

Closest beaches

Portbou Beach

165 m

Barques beach (dogs are admited)

2.6 km

Garbet beach

3.9 km

Cap Ras beach

4.8 km

Nearby restaurants

El Vaixell

6.3 km

Pizzeria l'Italiana

6.5 km

Flocs

6.5 km

Cooperativa Agrícola de Garriguella

12 km

Supermarkets

Valvi

Llançà
6.7 km

Novavenda (with butcher shop)

Llancà
7.1 km

Eurospar supermarket

Llançà
7.3 km

Proxim

Sant Climent Sescebes
16 km

Other services

Bakery

Ebre
6.4 km

Basic store

Dia
7.2 km

Butcher shop

José Albañil Pérez
7.3 km

Fish shop

Semprecalma
6.3 km

Pharmacy

Hortalà Daniel María Farners
6.5 km

Nearest hospital

Figueres Hospital
24 km

Reference hospital

Doctor Josep Trueta Hospital
55 km

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