Collioure has everything you could wish for on holiday – sunny beaches with safe swimming, cafes where you can while away your time and watch the world go by, restaurants to make your mouth water and, of course, locally produced wine.
There are winding streets of brightly painted houses, festooned with flowers – follow the Fauvism trail and stand at the exact spots where Matisse and his friend painted their bold pictures.
If that's not enough, there is the Chateau to visit, the Museum and Art Gallery, walks in the vineyards and all the shops and galleries you could wish for.
Collioure in summer is bustling. Musicians entertain in the streets and there are boat rides along the coast.
The little train takes tourists high into the vineyards for the best panoramic views of the town. The market on Sunday and Wednesday has a special charm – selling local food, wine, pottery, jewellery and clothes, plus flowers and plants and soaps and spices.
Buy a pizza for lunch or eat oysters while you listen to the accordion player.
There are numerous festivals with music, dancing and fireworks. Find out more at www.collioure.com
Collioure in winter, from October to March Collioure winds down. Some of the restaurants and cafes close for the winter but there are still things going on.
Easter has the Good Friday ‘Sanch’ procession; the
Christmas Fair (La Coer de Noel) in the chateau is spectacular – with camels and donkeys, hot chestnuts, music, food and shopping.
And New Year’s Eve sees the locals dressing up and a magnificent firework display on the beach.
Snow is a rarity!
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Interesting city with interesting shops and cafes
The Palais de Rois Majorca
Medieval village – location of Robin Hood film
Pretty town in the foothills of Pyrenees
Home of Salvador Dali
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