Alain - France, Occitania, Port Vendres


Alain is a secluded beach located in Port-Vendres, France. The beach is approximately 150 meters long and boasts a unique black sand color.


The beach has a few amenities, including bathroom access and a snack bar. Dogs are allowed on the beach, but owners must keep them on a leash at all times. Alain has few amenities, so plan your trip accordingly, although it does have a lifeguard on duty during the summer months.


Visitors can enjoy various activities, including swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling


There is a paid parking lot located within walking distance of the beach, making it convenient for visitors traveling by car.

Fun Fact

Fun fact about Alain: The black sand is a result of volcanic activity in the region, and the beach is one of the few black sand beaches in France.


In addition to its unique black sand, there are plenty of attractions near the beach, including the picturesque town of Port-Vendres, with its charming shops and seafood restaurants. The nearby Fort Saint-Elme offers stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, and the Collioure Castle is just a short drive away.


For those looking to dine near the beach, there are several restaurants to choose from. La Vigie offers delicious seafood dishes with a panoramic view of the sea, while Les Jardins de l'Amirauté serves up French cuisine with a modern twist. The family-friendly Le Yucca is a great option for those seeking a casual atmosphere and a range of international dishes.


There are several hotels located within close proximity to Alain. The charming Hotel Les Templiers offers comfortable rooms with sea views, while the Hotel du Port is a budget-friendly option with a great location in the heart of Port-Vendres. The Hotel Madeloc is a luxury hotel with a spa and outdoor pool, located just a short drive away from the beach.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Sandee Rating: 80/100

Alain does not have dedicated parking but has street parking near the entrance.

No, Alain does not have lifeguards monitoring the beach – please be careful when swimming on this beach.

Alain is not family-friendly and does not have restrooms, lifeguards, and nearby food.

Alain is not generally considered a good swimming beach.

Alain does not have restrooms on or near the beach.

No, Alain maintains a family-friendly atmosphere and does not allow nude bathing.

Alain does not have nearby food options – please plan your beach day accordingly.

Alain is not known for any activities in particular.

Alain does not have accommodations for people with disabilities.

Alain is not dog-friendly.

Alain is not generally considered to be good for surfing.