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    History of Collioure

    by grayfo Written May 11, 2007

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    Collioure - Map

    Favorite thing: Collioure used to be divided into two villages separated by the Douy river, the old town named Port d'Aval (today known as Le Faubourg) in the south and the upstream port, Port d'Amont (the actual La Ville). Collioure was taken in 1642 by the French troops of Maréchal de la Meilleraye. A decade later, the town was officially surrendered to France by the 1659 Treaty of Pyrenees. Because of its highly strategic importance, the town's fortifications, including the Fort Saint-Elme stronghold, were improved by the military engineer Vauban during the reign of Louis XIV. Nevertheless, Collioure was besieged and occupied by the Spanish troops in 1793, which was the last Spanish attempt to take the city. The blockade was broken a year later by general Jacques François Dugommier.

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    Fortified Church.

    by kiwi Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Once a light house...

    Favorite thing: History abounds in this town, and from various different eras.
    On the North end of the town harbour is the 17th century fortified church of the Notre-Dame-des-Anges. There is something contradictory about a "fortified church" but then we are reminded that differing religions have fought many times in history.
    The bell tower has been a light house many years ago. I love the clock face on the side of it now!!

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    Imposing Fortress.

    by kiwi Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: More history. To the South end of the harbour and you can't miss the huge Château Royal. Dating back from the 12th Century it is now partly used by the French naval forces for frogman training. I wonder if this is where the frogman who blew up the Rainbow Warrior of my hometown, trained??? They even had rubber inflatables as well as sailing craft, and us Kiwis couldn't help but laugh when we saw these.

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    Rock buildings.

    by kiwi Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Cinema

    Favorite thing: Even the Cinema is situated in traditional rock buildings. This is on the edge of a maze of small streets and shops mostly artist studios these days.
    Ancient streets around the château were demolished to make way for more fortification.

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    Collioure, son clocher et ses façades catalanes

    by Klod5 Written Nov 10, 2004

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    Collioure

    Favorite thing: Blotti au fond d'une anse de la côte rocheuse, le village s'intègre harmonieusement au paysage; même ton sépia du célèbre clocher, du château, de la plage et des montagnes un peu brûlées par le soleil; petites maisons colorées de type méditerranéen.

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    One day in Collioure

    by Klod5 Written Nov 10, 2004

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    Colioure : the harbor and the church

    Favorite thing: Vous pouvez tout à fait passer une journée complète à Collioure. Le matin, vous pouvez visiter la ville et le château, déjeuner, et l'après midi vous pouvez vous baigner après avoir vu une exposition de peinture.

    Il est à noter que si vous êtes dans la région le 15 août, vous pourrez assister à un feu d'artifice à Collioure. Cette information m'étant donnée par Arkhana, je me permets de la citer:
    "le 15 août il y a un superbe feu d'artifice à Collioure, tiré du chateau, de la tour avancée de l'autre côté du port et de la mer. Ce qui donne un spectacle remarquable, avec des illuminations des vieilles pierres qui confèrent à l'ensemble un côté féérique et intemporel. Par contre c'est connu et donc la foule est au rendez vous
    Prenez en bonne note!

    Fondest memory: J'ai pourtant deux regrets pour Collioure.
    Le premier est que plusieurs salles du château ont été refaites, mais, malheureusement, pas dans l'esprit médiéval. En effet, des pièces en crépis blanc avec des néons, ça déçoit l'amateur de vieilles pierres que je suis. La raison de cette rénovation est que le château abrite des expositions permanentes de peinture. Dommage...
    Le second regret concerne les restaurants. En effet, il est difficile de trouver un restaurant régional. Par exemple, le château offre une vue sur des crêperies bretonnes ou des pizzerias. sic!

    Mais vous avouerez que ce ne sont que de menus tracas, surtout au vu de tout ce qu'il y a à voir ici. C'est donc sans hésiter que je donne 3 étoiles à Collioure.

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    Kauk Illiberi

    by Klod5 Written Nov 10, 2004

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    Collioure

    Favorite thing: Collioure est citée pour la première fois en 673 sous la forme castrum Caucoliberi. Un texte plus tardif (IXe siècle), mais reprenant une mention du Ve siècle, donne à peu près la même forme (Caucholiberi). Par la suite, se développent des graphies du type Cochliure, Cocliure, parfois transformées en Cobliure ou Copliure (également Coblliure, Coplliure). La graphie catalane actuelle Cotlliure n'a jamais été la plus fréquente. La forme française s'est développée au XIXe siècle.

    Le nom est d'origine ibère (ibéro-basque pour les uns, ibéro-ligure pour d'autres). Il est composé de la racine kauk (= creux, baie) et de illiberi (= la ville neuve), ce dernier terme ayant aussi servi à désigner la ville d'Elne jusqu'au IVe siècle.

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    Les peintres et Collioure

    by Klod5 Written Nov 10, 2004

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    Coulioure by a painter

    Favorite thing: En 1905, Matisse et Derain découvrent Collioure. Eblouis par les couleurs et la lumière, ils donnent naissance au Fauvisme. Aujourd'hui, le "chemin du Fauvisme", parcours de 20 reproductions exposées à l'endroit même où les originaux ont été peints, vous emmène sur leurs traces.

    Picasso, Dali, Juan Gris, Hanicotte, Foujita ont eux aussi été séduits par Collioure.

    La poésie, elle-aussi, est présente à Collioure. Le célèbre poète Espagnol Antonio Machado repose dans le cimetière de la ville. Chaque année, en Février, sa mémoire est honorée.

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    Coullioure

    by Klod5 Written Nov 10, 2004

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    Collioure

    Favorite thing: Bercé par la Méditerranée et dominé par les Pyrénées, Collioure typique petit village Catalan vous enchantera par ses couleurs, sa lumière, sa gastronomie, son art de vivre et la beauté de son site.

    Ici, histoire, tradition, culture et animation s'harmonisent afin de rendre votre séjour inoubliable.

    Quelques visites :
    - Château Royal ( XIIIe et XVIIIe ).
    - Eglise ( XVIIe ) au très beau retable baroque et son clocher mondialement connu.
    - Musée Peské.
    - Couvent des Dominicains.
    - Cloître des Dominicains.
    - Chemin du Fauvisme.(parcours de 22 reproductions de tableaux de Matisse et Derain)
    - Route des vignes.
    - Ermitage de Consolation.

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    Un peu d'histoire...

    by Klod5 Written Nov 10, 2004

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    Collioure

    Favorite thing: Collioure était déjà une escale pour les Phéniciens ou les Grecs. Le port de Cauco Illibéris est fréquenté dès la plus haute Antiquité par les brillantes civilisations du pourtour méditerranéen. Après les incursions des Wisigoths et des Sarrasins, Collioure est fortifiée sous les Carolingiens. Du XIIè au XVIIe siècle, Collioure sera alternativement annexée aux royaumes d'Aragon, de Majorque et de France. La ville retourne définitivement à la France en 1659 (Traité des Pyrénées).

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    We started out trip from...

    by DPando Updated Nov 28, 2004

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    Favorite thing: We started out trip from Barcelona until Figueres, where we left the motorway to France, cause we prefer the national and beautiful road from figueres to portBou and Collioure until Perpignan

    We stopped in Portbou, a small and lovely Costa Brava town, where there are a few people (so strange in summer season)

    We went to visit the train station, perhaps the main attraction there with the beach of course

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    You find Collioure to 30 kms...

    by DPando Updated Nov 28, 2004

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    Favorite thing: You find Collioure to 30 kms more or less from Perpignan

    This is a seesight over Portbou (to right side), the border beside Catalonia and France. from this place its 40 km. as maximum until Collioure

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    Collioure beach.

    by DPando Updated Nov 28, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Collioure beach. Pic taken on January 2002, in a one day trip to colliure and Perpignan city

    COLLIOURE was an important harbour during the greek and phoenichan times.The fort was building during the cartolingiens time, and through the XVII century passed to catsalonian hands and french hands until 1659 with Treaty of Pyrenees ( to France)

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    its very good loose oneself...

    by DPando Updated Nov 28, 2004

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    Favorite thing: its very good loose oneself for the small streets full of flowers in the balconies. its for me a special town , always with a lot of people but also quiet streets with no one. Above all its so impressive their colorful that all the town show

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    Picturesque on the Mediterranean

    by TGeiser Written Jul 18, 2012
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    Favorite thing: Collioure is a small town, but it has some of the best scenery on the Mediterranean. While there are a few historic sites worth a quick peek, walking the water-front streets with a camera in hand is one of the best ways to spend the day in Collioure. My group and I opted not to have an agenda while visiting, we just wandered through and saw what we pleased and when we pleased. There was an artisan market set up the morning we arrived, right on the water, and really, I couldn't have asked for more out a day trip. Stone medieval buildings mix perfectly with the newer colorful streets. Options for cafes and shopping are exstensive. The scenery makes the trip more than worthwhile.

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