harbour bay of Collioure is well sheltered from the sea due
to its natural location and the pier.
You will find that the city has at least four beaches, Plage de
Portd'Avall outside Le Fauburg, Boram Plage and Plage St-Vincent outside
the old city, and Plage Nord behind the church to the north.
The best view over the city will probably be from the pier at ChapelleSt-Vincent, or from the hilltop by Fort Saint-Elme. One
can drive by car to Saint-Elme via Port-Vendres, but just as well you
may walk the beautiful path up from Collioure. The path starts in
Le Fauburg, from the narrow passage between the old
Dominicans Convent and the Musée d'Art Moderne.
Most of the shops and restaurants in the
city exists in the narrow, picturesque streets of the old town. Collioure has for a long time been a gathering place for visual artists,
and in the small backstreets you will find a lot of studios and
Many famous persons have been connected to Collioure, we may mention the
painters Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Andre Derain, Charles Rennie Mackintosh
and Tsuguharu Fujita.
The Spanish poet Antonio Machado is buried in the churchyard in Collioure, and the british author Patrick O'Brian lived in the city from
1949 until he died in 2000. He wrote a.o. the novel Master and
Sunday and Wednesday morning is market day in Collioure. Under the shady
trees on the town square, Place du Maréchal Leclerc, all kinds of goods
are sold and there are always gathered quite a lot of people.
Otherwise, the marketplace is frequently used in connection with the
many Catalan folk-festivals (especially in April-May and September).
Other annual events:
Easter celebration with big processions in the streets
The festival of St. John in June, with lighting fires and
fireworks. Local culture is celebrated with Sardana-dancing and
Bastille Day is celebrated on the 14th July with parades, street
dancing and serving food of the local cuisine.
St.Vincent festival is celebrated in mid-August. There will be
arranged competitions and contests and many different concerts around
town, and the streets are filled with bodegas, music, dancing and other
entertainment. It is also the tradition of bullfighting in town arena,
close by the train station (the bull is not killed ...).
This festival spans three days and usually people are coming from all
over France to take part.
The food store with the largest
selection, is Carrefour in the main street, Rue de la Republique. There
you will also find the police, post office, pharmacy and La Mairie, the
city's Town Hall.
On the picture, cafe Sola is in the blue house on the right, where you
can eat good and affordable lunch and they have free Wi-Fi.
no 16 Rue de la Republique you will find the shop of the famous desserts
and choccolate master Olivier Bajard. He has won
many international prices. Among others, in 1995
he was awarded the title World Champion in Dessert making.
He is also running a school in Perpignan:
L'Ecole International de Pâtisserie Olivier Bajard
View of the township Le Faubourg.
To the right is the
south wall of
Le Château Royal. The
castle in the middle of
Collioure center gives the
town its distinctive
character. It was
the remains of
Roman buildings on
the initiative of
the kings of
Majorca, and was
used as summer residence
At the peak in
the background your may see La Tour Madeloc.
Link to Collioure Office
A selection of the map of Collioure