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Collioure France Tourism Information

Updated on March 8, 2019
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I moved to France permanently in 2008 and have been travelling around the South West region, particularly Occitanie ever since. Wonderful

Collioure France is a Catalan Fishing Port in Languedoc Roussillon, South of France

Collioure is a little gem of a place in the Catalan region of France on the Mediterranean coastline near the French and Spanish border. It has a little port full of fishing boats, leisure boats and now boats for taking a trip around the local coastline. The latter option comes highly recommended, not only can you get a different perspective on Collioure itself, but you will also get to see some of the neighboring towns and the wonderful scenery around Collioure. The Spanish border is not too far away and consequently neither are the Pyrenees Mountains. In fact many people asking how to get to Collioure by air will find that flying into Barcelona or Gerona is a very viable option for visiting the Catalan regions of France. The nearest French airport of course is Perpignan, which is only about 1/2 an hour to 3/4's of an hour away from Collioure.

If you did decide to take one of the Spanish options then a great way to get to Collioure is to take the coast road through the Costa Brava and over the Pyrenees into France. Wonderful scenery, not typical of the Spanish coastline as Costa Brava actually means rugged coast where much of the Spanish coastline is more typically wide open, sandy beaches. So Spain into France on its Eastern coast is a very nice option.

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Collioure France Tourist Info - Get to know the best and worst bits of Collioure France

Collioure France
Collioure France

OK we will do the worst bits first, because it is short and sweet. Collioure is an extremely popular tourist destination. So if you decide to visit in the peak hoilday season i.e. July and August then expect some queueing and difficulty parking. So of course visiting at other times of the year would be preferable, especially say June or September; far less manic and still a very good chance of some great weather.

That said, if your only chance of visiting Collioure is July or August, then its still worth it. There is a good reason that all the Fauve artists made it their meeting place. Artists such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, André Derain, Georges Braque, Othon Friesz, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Tsuguharu Fujita have all been inspired by Collioure's royal castle, medieval streets and its lighthouse converted into the church of Notre-Dame-des-Anges. Plus the clarity of the blue skies and sea have to be seen to be believed.

For the tourist, you can wander down to the sea front and find a little cafe or restaurant that practically extends itself onto the little pebble beach and just sit down for the most wonderful lunch of fresh fish or seafood accompanied by a glass or two of the local vino, Collioure AOC being one of the smallest vignards in France . In a place like Collioure it would almost be rude not to. After lunch you can stroll over to the beach and just sit and watch the world go by, boats going in and out of the port and like I said after lunch has been digested taking a boat trip out along the coastline is a very nice way to while away a couple more hours.

The option of exploring those medieval streets is also available and you will find plenty of evidence of the artistic heritage of Collioure, there is an artist's studio or shop on practically every corner and plenty of colour in the architecture of the buildings, a feature of the Mediterranean influence.

Of course there is a pretty interesting history to discover in Collioure, the Château Royal de Collioure and the Fort Saint-Elme stronghold being two of the most prominent fortifications. The fortifications exist mainly because of the toing and froing of the Spanish and the French as they struggled over the occupation of the Catalan regions. The Spanish lost Collioure back to the French for the last time in 1794.

There is a good chance you may fall in love with this part of France and decide you would like to build a new house here and settle. It's actually quite affordable, despite the fall in property prices in the UK property prices in France still compare favorably. So if you fancy a bit of 'Construction de Maison' French style, it's worth knowing it won't cost you an arm and a leg. Its not as cheap as it would have been had the Spanish managed to retain it, but it's not bad all the same.

Jewels of French History Books: The Lauragais Story from the South of France
Jewels of French History Books: The Lauragais Story from the South of France
A fascinating insight into the complete history of the Lauragais region in the South of France, from Toulouse to Castelnaudary. Includes the Cathar persecution by Simon De Montfort, the German occupation and much much more. There was a lot of action in the Lauragais over many centuries and if you ever visit this region, this book will really inform you of its past, where money was made and how lives were lost.

French History Books - The Lauragais Story

If you want to venture further into the Languedoc Roussillon region of France you may want to consider heading towards Carcassonne or perhaps a little further even to Castelnaudary, the capital of the Lauragais region. Castelnaudary is very close to Issel where our holiday apartment is located and although it is not quite as grand as Carcassonne, it is a bit of a gateway to Cathar country and an area steeped in local history.

Living so close to Castelnaudary, the capital of the Lauragais, this French history book really grabbed my attention. A chance to find out about and understand the history of the region, admittedly in English, where we live. It really is a chequered history, the region has had more than its fair share of heartache and misery, but has risen to be one of the most important parts of France. Toulouse is the centre of aerospace and the home of Airbus, but in days gone by it was wheat and woad that were the main generators of wealth in the region and where the funding for many chateaus was found.

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Have you been to Collioure in France? - Your comments are very welcome

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    • BrianRS profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Stephens 

      7 years ago from France

      @Michey LM: Paris is truly beautiful, but the south of France also is and of course it benefits from a Mediterranean climate. Gorgeous place to live as well, we are very lucky, but we do of course share our home with holiday makers.

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      Michey LM 

      7 years ago

      In France I was only in Paris, and I always dreamed to go in South as well... maybe some day!

      Great info lens.

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful scenery and enchanting places.

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      Barbara Walton 

      8 years ago from France

      I spent quite a time in that part of France and it's really beautiful and full of culture. Bit crowded and expensive for me now though.

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      8 years ago

      hi..i have not been to France, but after reading your lens, i felt i have already visited France.


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      8 years ago

      Angel blessings for this lens.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      8 years ago from Canada

      The only time I have visited Collioure France is through the images on your articles.

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      8 years ago from Kent, UK

      Yes, I stayed a while in Collioure a few years ago. It was a memorable holiday, so much so that we seriously considered buying a holiday home there.

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      9 years ago

      beautiful place to visit.thanks!

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      9 years ago

      beautiful place...nice lens!

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      Mary Norton 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My husband and I were there years ago. Time to visit as now am better informed with this lens.

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      Malu Couttolenc 

      10 years ago

      Another beautiful lens Brian, yes I have been there. Lenrolled it too. Thanks for stopping by my lens and listing more lenses :)

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      10 years ago

      No I have not. Wish i could though. Congratulations on your purple star!!

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      10 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star!

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      10 years ago

      That's a well deserved Purple star.

      Heartiest congratulations Brian and a very happy new year.

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      10 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on your purple star! Great looking lens.

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      10 years ago

      Great lens! Your writing is excellent, but what impressed me the most is the photos and layout combination that made me feel like I was there. Looking at this lens was like taking a mini vacation. Very deserving of the Purple Star.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      10 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I always admire your lenses. Well done again!

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      10 years ago

      Congrats on the Purple Star!!!

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      10 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star!! =)

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      Fcuk Hub 

      10 years ago

      I must go there, Sometimes :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      10 years ago from Canada

      Congratulations on your pretty purple star :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      10 years ago from Canada

      Your images make your articles wonderful to visit. Seasons greetings once again :)

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      10 years ago

      Yes, it is a beautiful village with huge character and warmth. The beaches are fantastic (hot enough to cook an egg on in the height of summer) although flip flops are advisable for the pebbles. Every day there seems to be something interesting happening. The Fêtes de la Saint Vincent are awesome and not to be missed. Thank you for the article. See also

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      10 years ago

      I am loving these litte Mediterranean resorts you have written about. This one looks really nice and if I am ever down that way I am defintitely going to try to visit.

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      Brian Stephens 

      10 years ago from France

      @RuthCoffee: You are welcome. Thanks for the visit.

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      Ruth Coffee 

      10 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Looks divine, but I haven't been there. Really enjoyed the sights, thanks for posting all of this.


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