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Collioure - a Return visit.

Our first visit to Collioure was everything we had wanted from a winter holiday. Warm sunshine, relatively few tourists (not so good for the restaurant owners who were very quiet particularly in the evenings!).
We rented a tiny house in one of the cobbled streets . It was such a treat to walk out to do all our shopping in the village in real shops - two whole weeks without entering a supermarket. The twice weekly market Sunday and Wednesday morning) was excellent and the restaurants were all within a few minutes walk.
It was the most relaxing holiday we had had in years and we knew we wanted to go back - but would avoid high season when I suspect Collioure assumes a different identity.

The return trip April 2008

We made a return visit in April 2008 after a very early (March 23) Easter Holiday.
Our original idea had been to arrive by train rather than to repeat a Bristol - Toulouse flight, and then hire a car.
Instead we made an extended trip and travelled with our car by ferry from Plymouth to Santander, and then drove across the border into France and across the foothills of the Pyrenees to Collioure - the travelling was another series of destinations and all part of the trip.

Our love for Collioure has not diminished.

It was busier, the weather was not as settled or as warm as it had been a month earlier last year, but more restaurants were open and we had an extra hour or more of daylight in which to enjoy seeking out new things to do and enjoy.

A new scene round every corner

It is not surprising that this little bit of French coast has been such a magnet to painters. There are just so many pictures to be seen wherever you look.

"Going back" is something we do less and less as we get older but Collioure so captured our hearts that on this return visit we felt as excited as children returning to a favourite seaside holiday destination.

Nearby places to visit from Collioure -
Ceret, a mediaeval walled town with a world famous Museum of Modern Art.

Port Vendes - a busy working port, with fishing boats and a fish market, pleasure marina, and beaches. For self caterers - a big SuperU supermarket.
Port Vendres

Banyuls sur Mer, the last French resort before the Spanish border with a wide sea front and picturesque village on the hillside.
For longer days out - Perpignan and Girona are doable

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A jewel of a place waiting to be discovered
  • Cons:Am told it gets overcrowded in summer season
  • In a nutshell:Natural beauty, history, art & literature combine in perfect harmony.
  • Last visit to Collioure: Apr 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2016 at 6:23 AM

    Barbara, thanks for sharing your memories of this place in Languedoc-Roussillon... I would like to explore France some day as well...

  • LeslieofTodd's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Thanks for the introduction to this area of France. On the wish list it goes... Looks wonderful!

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Nice stuff, thanks for sharing. Cheers, Ian

  • pfsmalo's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Whilst in Ceret, I popped in here for a beer or two last week. Some nice pics Barbara that reflect the reality of the town. Well done.

  • Segolily's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    I had just heard this was a nice place to visit. And your report bears that out.

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Love Collioure! Didn't know of Girona til recently -- I'd make that day trip for sure! I'm reading Picture This by Joseph Heller, what a good writer! (but got it in French at library, must get original :))

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2010 at 6:11 AM

    We visited this place with our children more than 25 years ago in July when it was rather crowded. I'm glad it has kept its charm.

  • Beausoleil's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Barbara, Terrific Collioure Tips. I've written down a few things for our upcoming trip. You brought back many memories.

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    brought back some lovely memories. thanks;-)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    We have had the no-smoking law for a long time now, and it makes it more pleasant everywhere. Its a pity that they didn't abide by it, people tell others, and business will probably be lost.


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