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).
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.
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.