Collioure Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Things to Do
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Things to Do
    by jorgejuansanchez

Collioure Things to Do

  • Play petanque

    I went to Collioure mainly to visit the tomb of the Spanish poet Antonio Machado. But I also spent half a day enjoying the beauty of the place.In a central square people played petanque. Many thousands of French like this game. In Spain is played by old people.The team reaching 13 points is the champion.Very few women practice petanque in Spain,...

  • Looking for where to swim

    Did you decide which beache to pick? Its not easy because they are all good and interesting. Both sandy and pebbled beaches provide tourists with a relaxed time and good swiming opportunities in the carm sea. One can easily forget the passing time.

  • You can always do another painting . . .

    It is hard to resist painting this scene. There are metal frames all over Collioure that frame views famous artists have painted. I am not the only one enchanted by this lovely little seaside village.When you come, bring your paints or your camera and plan to spend some quality time relaxing and enjoying the town and the area.Le Chemin du Fauvisme...

  • Visit the Chateau

    On a very hot day we truly enjoyed walking through the earthen tunnel entrance to the chateau. It was delightfully cool there. On the ramparts, there was a lovely breeze. The chateau is interesting and if you aren't in the water at the beach below, the chateau is a good place to cool off on a hot day.Summer Hours: July & August open from 10 AM...

  • Antonio Machado - Part 2

    A ceramic plaque bearing the words of the final verse of one of Machado's poems rests on his grave. The same verse can be seen on the base of a small sculpture of a plaintive figure that stands looking out to sea on the grass beside the childrens playground on Rue de la Democratie next to the entrance to the Chateau carpark. The words sound like an...

  • Views from the steep lanes above town

    A walk around the quiet lanes above the town, a little way from the alleyways with shops and artist's galleries, makes a pleasant afternoon activity. The beautifully painted cottages and occasional glimpses of the harbour or surrounding countryside provide some of the most picturesque views of Collioure

  • Look for Literary Connections -Antonio...

    Antonio Machado, the Spanish poet, sought refuge from the Civil War, in which he was a supporter of the Republic, in Collioure. Now regarded as one of Spain's greatest poets of the 20th century his work has not been well known outside Spain because of the few available translations of his work.In Collioure where he is buried his life is remembered...

  • Take to the streets

    You will need comfortable/sensible footwear to see the best of old Collioure when you take to the streets - narrow, gently ascending, stepped alley ways.It is one of the most photogenic of villages with a photo along every step of the way.On a walk like this you will soon find the best bakers, butchers, grocers, vintners and restaurants as well as...

  • Follow the Fauvists

    Take the guided tour of “les chemins du fauvisme” and look back on the works of Matisse and Derain when they resided in Collioure. The small office on the quay provides details of guided walking tours ( at a modest cost) and also a map for self guided tours.These enable you to view through the "eyes of picture frames" scenes depicted by the artists...

  • Sit on the Beach!

    There are two central beaches in Collioure, one on either side of the church and breakwater. The one on the chateau side has several sidewalk cafes adjacent and there are artists painting while you watch. You'll see colorful fishing boats and perhaps a schooner sailing into or out of the harbor.

  • walk around self tour

    photos from our trip here.the old church, the chateau, the alleyways of artist studios, the sea side and beach area.a great place for a day visit.About 2 hours drive up the coast from Tossa on the A-7 is the French border and the seaside artist colony of Collioure in the Port-Vendres area. We arrived after a nerve-wrecking drive along the Pyrenees...

  • Sunday morning entertainment

    On a sunny Sunday morning a Travelling Clown arrived to entertain children - of all ages. The 2 -4 year olds were spellbound. He was a very good performer who initially kept his distance from the children while they became used to his strange appearnace and antics. Soon they were queuing up to take part in the act.


Collioure Hotels

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  • Hotel Madeloc

    26 Rue Romain Rolland, Collioure, 66190, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Casa Pairal Collioure

    Hôtel Casa Païral is a secluded hideaway in the centre of Collioure. The 150-year-old hotel is dark,...

  • Le Bon Port

    had the most fantastic time arrived in Collioure by mistake, found a nice little friendly the hotel...


Collioure Restaurants

  • If you like ice cream, Para d'Ice

    This is not a cafe although it is surrounded by cafes. PARAD'ICE is an ice cream stand right across from the Chateau in Collioure. It is a very busy street with a lot happening and a sea view past the chateau. In other words, stop, get ice cream, sit and relax and enjoy your surroundings. I'm in a rut; nearly always get dark chocolate and coffee...

  • Pieds dans La mer

    This restaurant was highly recommended by previous tenants of our holiday cottage. It has a superb location and was a pleasnt and very easy walk from our base.The food is very good indeed and well worth the slightly "more expensive than average" tag I have given. It specialises in fish dishes but steaks and game dishes are also good.We ate here a...

  • Pizza A Emporter

    This very popular take-away makes pizzas to order either on demand or by telephoned orders.The menu includes a very good selection of meat, fish and vegetarian choices and the pizzas come in tqo sizes -26cm from 5 euros, 33cm from 6 euros. A selection of wines and soft drinks is also available.Open at 11 am for lunch and again at 6pm for evening...

  • Salads and Wi-Fi

    Cafe Sola consists of 3 separate spaces - the pavement cafe - now mainly used by smokers, the "conservatory" cafe and the bar area. It is a great place for a coffee, other drinks, and snacks/ light meals - sandwiches, omelettes, salads, plat du jour etc, all reasonably priced at around 8 euros.For sports fans it provides large screen Sky Sports TV...

  • Our Local, a great place to have on the...

    This restaurant really was our "local" - just a two minute walk away from the cottage in which we were staying.Although the choices are a little limited it offers a 17 Euro 50 3-course meal - excellent value for presentation, ambiance and overall satisfaction. The food is modern French with lingering hints of nouvelle cuisine - many dainty touches...

  • Ice cream stands

    At various locations in the old town they sell ice cream - the best part is the way it is presented and you must see the creative, and how fun! Try all the flavors but I suggest Cherry and chocolate - an excellent combination.


Collioure Transportation

  • Cars were not meant for Collioure

    Parking spots are few and far between, so the no fail way of getting around Collioure is to walk or bike. The main sites and views are all within a couple blocks of eachother, and some of the most picturesque streets are too narrow for cars to pass through easily. If possible, I would recommend arriving in town as early in the day as possible,...

  • Car-less in Collioure

    We flew to Toulouse and picked up a rental car there. An area of approximately 10 miles all around the Airport appears to be undergoing new road construction or repair so driving to and from the airport was quite a hassle. Our planned stop-over in the mountains south of Carcassonne ( and our visit to that city) were spoiled by bad weather and once...

  • old tol house

    on the way from France to Spain, following the coast, over the rocks and mountains Albères, you can see the old toll house, witch is now left empty, but it still is a beautiful very small house.


Collioure Shopping

  • Bread and Cakes

    We did not come across one of those patisseries that I avoid walking past because just looking in the window can put on 5lbs. But we did buy our daily baguette from le croissant bleu. There is a good selection of all types of French "sticks"and "boules" as well as croissants, a small selection of not very exciting patisserie and some very tasty...

  • Boucherie Charcuterie

    This is an excellent French butcher shop with top quality produce. We bought all we needed here on a self catering holiday. Everything is always fresh and you can ask for it to be cut exactly the way you want. Usually a bit of a queue when it also becomes a meeting place with customers chatting as they wait. Useful to know it is open on Sunday...

  • Cheap cigarettes

    Cigarettes are really expensive in France so if you take the cruise to Port Bou not only do you get to spend some lovely time on the sea, you can also save money.... Cigarettes but only at the end of your journey in Spain...just go to the port and get on the boat, it costs 16 Euros per person and you can bring back five cartons...although nobody...


Collioure Local Customs

  • Collioure Sauce

    Anchovy sauce from an old recipe, exclusively made by Raymond Polito.Enjoy on toast for a hearty appetiser. Accompany with anchovy and other seafood tapas. Ingredients: Fresh eggs, anchovy, vegetable oil, parsley and lemon.

  • Quelques fêtes traditionelles

    Découvrez quelques unes des fêtes traditionnelles de la culture catalane riche en couleurs et en passion :Février, journées Antonio MachadoVendredi Saint, procession de la Sanchle 23 Juin, feux de la Saint Jeanle 16 Août, fête de la Saint Vincent (corrida, feux d'artifice) Week-end de la Toussaint, salon des antiquairesWeek-end d'Avril - Mai -...

  • Artistic city

    La culture catalane reste très vivante. Elle se fait connaître par la langue, la danse "Sardane" et la musique "Cobles".L'Art y est omniprésent : expositions au Musée Peské, dans les galeries d'art, sur le port...Durant tout l'été, des spectacles sont organisés dans le Château Royal (musique, danse, théâtre...)


Collioure Warnings and Dangers

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    by kiltedkimchi Written Jan 10, 2005

    We thought that it would be easy (what with the EU et. al.) for us to jump in the car and go for lunch in Barcelona! I guess it is if you are on the main road, but if you decide to take the coast road as we did, make sure you take your passports, no driving license ID is sufficient if you are from the UK! Arriving at the checkpoint (= ramshackle shed), 2 Guardia Civil, pulled us over and asked for ID. HAving looked us up and down and searched the car for 15 minutes they then decided that we couldn't get in, meanwhile every Julio, Bertran, Serge and Guiseppe were driving past! This isn't a rant, but damn the Guardi Civil and their Anglophobia.

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Collioure Off The Beaten Path

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    by nicoleken Updated Jan 6, 2003

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    Is the last commercial port before you enter Spain.
    Port Vendres is situated near Cap Bear.
    Is also the international Port for fruit in the Mediterranean.
    Port-Vendres, where your cruise ship docks, is charming itself, but it's really only the jumping off point for exploring the Languedoc Roussillon area, which is just next to Spain and as strongly Catalan as it is French.
    Of course, you can always find escape in or on the water. Diving and sailboarding, as well as sea and harbor cruising, are available.
    People speak french and catalan in Port Vendres.

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Collioure Favorites

  • Picturesque on the Mediterranean

    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...

  • Beautiful shops but not open in late...

    Wonderful area in general. Very scenic. Loved the church Our Lady of the Angels with its ancient lighthouse & Chateau Royal. Toured the area south also.

  • Don't miss the Nick!

    Even a lovely place like Collioure needs a Police Station but it has to blend with its surroundings. The Police station is the blue shuttered building next to an art gallery.


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