A stay in Collioure also means exploring a rich heritage. The town has a long history and offers a unique atmosphere: the Château Royal was one of the holiday residences of the kings of Spain. Higher up, the Fort Saint Elme, built in the 15th Century and later redesigned by Vauban, is home to a Renaissance museum. It also offers outstanding views over the town, the sea and the coastline.
Attracted by the town’s unique light, the initiators of Fauvism chose to live in Collioure and create their major works: Matisse, Derain, Terrus, Maillol… Their presence permeates the town. This artistic heritage is still to be found in the art galleries that give Collioure its worldwide reputation.
If you like action, you’ll find plenty around Collioure and in the Pyrénées-Orientales. Hiking or shorter walks, mountain biking… As for water sports, there’s surfboarding, paddle, kitesurfing, jet ski in the summer and sub-aqua diving. And if you come here in winter, you can enjoy the pleasures of skiing, board sports and hiking…
Pyrénées-Orientales’ outstanding situation is ideal for both winter and summer holidays: 214 km of coastline (fine sand or rocky creeks), 300 days of sunshine a year, an agricultural hinterland full of culture and delicious produce, and Spain is less than 30 minutes away. There’s always something to do in the Pays Catalan!