The Romans, who called it Portus Veneris after the goddess Venus, originally developed port-Vendres. It went on to be ruled by the Kingdom of Majorca and was used as a mainland port between the Balearic Islands. The French took it over in 1659 when the Roussillon area changed hands. In the late 1700’s there was extensive work done to open up, enlarge and modernize the area. As a result it is the only natural port along this rocky coastline.
Check out the Port-Vendres website for all the things you can experience in this small but bustling fishing town.