This is a beautiful town, very bohemian and full of craftsmen and artists. It has beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters and a promenade lined with fortresses and towers. Antonio Machado is buried in the town cemetery. A charming place!
Undoubtedly one of the most photographed churches throughout France is this simple parish built in the seventeenth century, modest in size but whose location, by the sea, three beaches, is virtually unique and in addition to countless photographers, is has inspired great painters. Southern Gothic in style, with a single nave and inside, the entire altarpiece, baroque, it is the work of the Catalan architecture maestro Josep Sunyer. A incredibly romantic church.
The Royal Castle, situated at the bottom of the harbor, is a work of art, well described by the tourist office in the city. It was constructed on Roman ruins, for the Counts of Roussillon and the Kings of Aragon between the years 1276 and 1344, and hosted the court of the Kings of Majorca. It was occupied by the Spanish until the year 1642 and was declared a historic monument in the year 1922, occupied by the French army until the year 1945. Since 1951, it has belonged to the Conseil Général des Pyrénées Orientales.
The old town of Collioure is made up of narrow streets preserved by the charm of the French Riviera. There are many stores, bars and restaurants dedicated to tourism. In the early 20th century, Matisse and Derain, came to this city attracted by the light of its harbor and colorful houses in his paintings. Here is where Antonio Machado died in exile and one can find his tomb in the cemetery in the city.
A few kilometers from the Spanish border, is this magical place loved by painters, the port of Collioure. At sunset, the hills are dressed in lovely colors and in the stream reflects the facades of the city. A feast for the eyes, a must see!
Located on what is known as the Hill of Collioure, the Fort Sant Elmo dates from 1542. It was built by the Spanish Emperor Charles V and defended the coast of the territory of the monarch. The fort can be visited between the first of April and September 30, and has been restored through the XVI century military heritage reconstruction programme. Inside is a room dedicated to Charles V and the other to Vauban.
Collioure (Collioure, in Catalan) is a town whose history is linked to painting. This interesting initiative proposes a different route to reach twelve points in which bronze frameworks photogenically frame the church steeple. Enjoy a pictorial view 'real time' of one of the most photographed buildings in France. Tourists line up to take a picture with the church background of Matisse's plan. By the way, a certain Janus also could not help the bear ...
Collioure Beach is cozy and comfortable as it is in the same village (about 20km from Perpignan). Many tourists come every summer to this town on the French Riviera for a vacation in a quiet area. The beach is next to the Royal Palace which one can swim to.
The Plage Saint Vincent is one of four urban beaches of Collioure (I write in Catalan because I always mess with or write in French). The size of the beach has been reduced, and it has magnificent views of the bay as well as the church of Notre Dame des Anges. It is framed by a small chapel and lighthouse of the population. The beach is too beautiful for words but, if somewhat apart from the urban core and difficult (if not impossible) to reach by car, and it is really full in summer.
At the end of the port of Collioure, between the ocean and land,one will find this Chapel. From here there are great views over the Côte vermeille and the village of Collioure. For the more adventurous, from there you can reach the narrow boardwalk at the tip of the port. If it blows, hold on tight!
In recent years, the population of Collioure (very near Perpignan) has focused on the old trade craft. Many artisans have opened a store in this town giving a bohemian vibe to it. Visitors here can see shops for ceramics, textiles, jewelery, etc.
In Collioure one can find many companies dedicated to renting jet skis, canoes, kayaks, snorkeling equipment in addition to classes. There are many people in summer ve come to the French coast (around Perpignan) to dive in its rocky beaches to see the marine life.
The Tourist Office of Collioure is in a stone building in the Place du 18 Juin and the Boulevard du Boramar. It is open every single day, except for Sundays in the months of April, May, June and September. It gives visitors information about the city and the region of the Pyrenees Orientales, suggesting itineraries and routes of gastronomic interest, touristic interest and historical interest.
The Massane tower was used during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as a watchtower looking towards Spain. It is part of the control system established by the kings of Mallorca. Located on a rocky outcrop 793 metres high, it is ideal for visiting on a bike or as part of a hike. From the top, you can enjoy magnificent views across the Mediterranean.
At the eastern end of the Pyrenees, overlooking Collioure and the Mediterranean Sea, the Madeloc tower was built as part of the fortifications in 1285, under Jacques II de Mallorca. It was designed to monitor the sea and protect from attacks, mainly from his brother, Peter III. The tower could communicate with others by fires at night, and smoke signals during the day. You can climb to the top, 652m above sea level, and enjoy a panoramic view of the area.