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Argeles-sur-Mer

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Argelès-sur-Mer is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.It lies near Perpignan.GeographyArgelès-sur-Mer is located in the canton of Argelès-sur-Mer and in the arrondissement of Céret.Argelès-sur-Mer is located in the coast sector of the Côte Vermeille at the foot of the Albères mountain range, just a short drive away from the Spanish border. Argelès-sur-Mer is the longest beach of Pyrenées Orientales.HistoryDuring World War II, Argelès-sur-Mer was the location of a French concentration camp, the infamous Camp de concentration d'Argelès-sur-Mer, where up to 100,000 defeated Spanish Republicans were interned by a windy beach in abysmal sanitary conditions by the French government after the defeat of the Spanish Republic. The refugees streamed to the camp beginning in the winter of 1938/39 after the collapse of the Catalonian front following the rebel offensive.Population and societyDemographyEducationSportsThe Étoile sportive catalane is the rugby union club of Argelès-sur-Mer.
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