Located in the far south of France in the department of Pyrenees-Orientales, Collioure village nestled in a bay just to mix the clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the rocks of the Pyrenees. Several beaches of sand or pebbles, cracks will allow you to enjoy swimming.
City of art and historic city since ancient times, Collioure invites you to discover its history and its outstanding architectural heritage.
Collioure has always been an inspiration for artists. Picasso, Matisse, Derain, Dufy, Chagall, Marquet and many others have immortalized the small Catalan port. Today the Museum of Modern Art, a forty art galleries and artists from diverse backgrounds continue to make Collioure "City of Painters".
Cuisine revolves around wine, anchovies and crisp. A mountain winery, built in terraces, planted centuries before Christ, swept by the Tramontana, heated by the sun gives rise to wines of character. : The AOC Banyuls, sweet wine and Collioure AOC, red, pink or white.
For centuries, the anchovy Collioure are part of the Catalan culinary tradition. The label "Site remarkable taste" award and ensures a traditional preparation, craft and authentic from the small blue fish.
The Crunchy Collioure, it is a dry cake decorated with almonds or chocolate chips. Its preparation is also traditional, made with natural products.
The spa, too, plays an important role in the economy of the village. Rehabilitation center, under agreement, is open year round.
The Moré: This old neighborhood of fishermen and sailors is a maze of picturesque alleys connected by staircases in which to find the cool under the arbor during the summer.
The Royal Castle: Built on the site of an ancient castrum, issue a victorious conquest of the Visigoth king Wamba in 673, the castle was built by the Counts of Barcelona and the kings of Aragon and became the residence of been the kings of Majorca (1276-1344). The castle known various arrangements during the Middle Ages, a larger extension in the 15th and even more radical changes between 1669 and 1673, with Vauban. Historical monument in 1922. Throughout the year many events take place within its walls: festival of theater, dance, exhibitions, antiques fair, Christmas Court ...
La Chapelle Saint-Vincent: The rock on which it is built was once an island. According to legend, is where St. Vincent suffered martyrdom in 303. It was built in 1701 for the arrival of the new relics of the saint.
Fort Miradou: From simple turn, the fort is from the fourteenth, with Charles V, an important part of the defensive system Collioure. In 1672, Vauban give it its current configuration.
Fort and Fort Carré Rond (XVIII) complete the defensive system.
The Church of Our Lady of the Angels: Built in 1684, outside the gallery will be added in 1725. Despite its austere appearance, the church has a rich and exceptional interior design, especially the high altar reredos, designed by the Catalan artist Joseph Sunyer, carved wood and covered with a sheet gold. Opportunity to visit the treasury of the church.
The bell tower: The stones show the stages of its construction: the lower part dates from the thirteenth, the upper part of the fifteenth and fourteenth. The tower served as a beacon, then in prison and will be connected to the church in 1693 to become its bell tower. In 1810, the dome rose give it its present appearance.
Fort St. Elmo: In 1552, Charles Quint facts surrounding the old tower of the Guardia fears of a powerful, it becomes the Fort St. Elmo, the defensive system of southern Collioure.
The convent and the cloister of the Dominicans: a rich bourgeois 13th End of the city donated a house surrounded by gardens in the order of the Dominicans for the construction of the Convent. It will be closed in 1790.
The Mill: Probably the oldest in the Roussillon. Built in 1337, under the kingdom of Majorca, it was originally designed to grind grain. Now restored (2001) using the techniques of the time, it is transformed into oil mill.
The Hermitage of Consolation: Accessible by road crests, it houses a chapel of the 15th containing an altar decorated with Our Lady of Consolation and ex-votos.
Tower Madeloc (XIII): It amounts to 652 m above sea level and enjoys an exceptional view overlooking the plain and the coast of Roussillon. Old signal tower, it was used to monitor the sea and Spain to deal with fewer attacks.
The Protestant church: Work of the Danish architect Viggo Dorph-Petersen, it was inaugurated March 4, 1906.
The grave of Antonio Machado: In 1939, the great Spanish poet Antonio Machado and humanist, committed Republican, fled the Franco dictatorship and come to Collioure. He died February 22, 1939. His grave is the object of contemplation of thousands of Spanish each year.
The Museum of Modern Art: Founded in 1930 by the artist Jean Peské, the museum contains the works of many modern and contemporary artists (Cocteau, Camoin, Pignon, Balbino Giner, Descossy ...). Established since 1980 in the house of Senator Pams, the museum has greatly expanded its collections both in art history of 20th in contemporary art.
The path of Fauvism: Walking tour in the old city, dotted with 19 reproductions of paintings by Henri Matisse and Andre Derain Collioure during their stay in the summer 1905.