- Collioure

Collioure is a charming unspoilt holiday resort with a jumble of streets and alleys around the waterfront. A bustling Catalan village, it nestles among vineyards at the very foot of the Pyrenees on the Mediterranean coast. Rich in history, Collioure has been a settlement from before Roman times, and its mediaeval castle still dominates the bay. Guest comment: “We went up and down the coast including nearly to Spain, but Collioure topped the lot”.

Our nearest beach

The Château Royal

Typical street in Summer

Our bay at night

Our bay at night

The exceptional number of sunny days and the quality of its light lured artists such as Matisse,Derainand Picasso here; today there are some 30 artists’ ateliers.“one night we listened to great music from a jazzy folklore group while the sun was setting and the lights started to shine on the fortress and the rest of the village…..we indeed realised how good life can be.” 

 

 

The local wine shop

One of the many restaurants

 

Food has featured in Collioure life since its days as a centre of the anchovy fishing trade.  These are still part of the local Catalan cuisine, which has a distinctive character redolent of the tastes and smells of the varied local produce. It is surrounded by vineyards, there are several AOC wines from Banyuls and Collioure:

 

 

 

Fireworks

more fireworks

More fireworks

The major festivals are at Easter, with the procession de la Sanch, in June with the festival of St John, and in August when the festival of St. Vincent is held. At  New Year the whole town celebrates. There are spectacular fireworks during the last  three Fetes.

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Carnival time

 

Guest comment: ” we were lucky enough to be here for ‘Fete de St Vincent’  Never seen such fantastic fireworks !!  The whole place was teaming with happy, friendly people ….”

A useful site is http://www.collioure.com/gb/