Collioure, France

The Vieux Quartier du Moure (Old Quarter) of Collioure, France, looking north up the Plage Boramar (Boramar Beach) to the Eglise Notre Dame des Anges (Our Lady of the Angels Church)

The Vieux Quartier du Moure (Old Quarter) of Collioure, France, looking north up the Plage Boramar (Boramar Beach) to the Eglise Notre Dame des Anges (Our Lady of the Angels Church)

 

On the rocky coastline of Cote Vermeille, France, on the Mediterranean Sea in Languedoc-Roussilon, just north of the border with Spain, Collioure (population 3,000) has inspired painters from Matisse to Dali and Picasso.  The town is a very popular summer beach resort for French and European tourists and vacationers.  Collioure hosts a number of art galleries and seafood restaurants along the cobble-stoned streets between the Eglise Notre Dame des Anges (Our Lady of the Angels Church) and the 12th century Chateau Royal de Collioure (Collioure Royal Castle).

 

A close up of the Vieux Quartier du Moure (Old Quarter) of Collioure, France, from a window opening of the Chateau Royal de Collioure (Collioure Royal Castle)

A close up of the Vieux Quartier du Moure (Old Quarter) of Collioure, France, from a window opening of the Chateau Royal de Collioure (Collioure Royal Castle)

 

The port (harbor) of Collioure, France

The port (harbor) of Collioure, France

 

The Chateau Royal de Collioure (Collioure Royal Castle), Collioure, France

The Chateau Royal de Collioure (Collioure Royal Castle), Collioure, France

 

In the 12th century the Knights Templar built Chateau Royal de Collioure (Collioure Royal Castle) at the center of Collioure’s medieval fortification.  It later became the residence for kings of Mallorca until 1642.  The castle dominates approximately one-half of the harbor and offers great rampart walks and panoramic views of the bay.  We had a great time exploring underground passages, the ramparts, and the nooks and crannies of the castle with two of our grandsons (ages 3 and 10) visiting us on the ship for a week’s sailing.

 

Our ship visible in the distance from the Chateau Royal de Collioure (Collioure Royal Castle), Collioure, France

Our ship visible in the distance from the Chateau Royal de Collioure (Collioure Royal Castle), Collioure, France

 

A view of the vineyards and homes behind the Chateau Royal de Collioure (Collioure Royal Castle), Collioure, France

A view of the vineyards and homes behind the Chateau Royal de Collioure (Collioure Royal Castle), Collioure, France

 

Vineyards and homes uphill from Plage de Port d’Avall (Port d’Avall Beach), Collioure, France

Vineyards and homes uphill from Plage de Port d’Avall (Port d’Avall Beach), Collioure, France

 

Plage de Port d’Avall (Port d’Avall Beach) is the only beach in Collioure with fine sand.  Our grandsons really enjoyed playing on the beach and swimming in the Mediterranean with us.

 

The point separating Collioure, France, from Port Vendres, to the south

The point separating Collioure, France, from Port Vendres, to the south

 

Colorful small boats in the harbor (port) of Collioure, France

Colorful small boats in the harbor (port) of Collioure, France

 

4 thoughts on “Collioure, France

  1. You awakened my memories of 2001 in Cassis, Les Calanques and the vermillion cliffs of Rousillon. Plus a day with the Chancels at their Val Joanis. Beautiful part of our world. Bon chance:: Katherine ..

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