Le Petit Train from Collioure to Port-Vendres, France

As Le Petit Train (the little train) climbed up the hill between Collioure and Port-Vendres, France, we had an excellent view through the vineyards of our ship anchored just outside of Collioure port

As Le Petit Train (the little train) climbed up the hill between Collioure and Port-Vendres, France, we had an excellent view through the vineyards of our ship anchored just outside of Collioure port

 

Le Petit Train (the little train) de (of) Collioure and Port-Vendres provided a pleasant way for us to explore the hillside and seaside between these two ports, located just north of the Spanish-French border.  Our 3-year old grandson had a great time, and, correctly observed that the “locomotive” was really a “car.”  (The train is a tourist train that runs on automobile roads, not train tracks.)   From Collioure the train climbs the hillside in the vineyards with a stop at the top for great views of the bay, the town of Collioure, the plain of Roussillon, and the Mediterranean coast.  After descending into the harbor of Port-Vendres, the train returned to Collioure along the coastal road.  A really pleasant way to explore the region!

 

Further up the hill Le Petit Train (the little train) climbed through the vineyards offering an excellent view of Collioure and the coast of southwest France to the north

Further up the hill Le Petit Train (the little train) climbed through the vineyards offering an excellent view of Collioure and the coast of southwest France to the north

 

The top of the hill afforded an excellent view of the town of Collioure, France, with the coast and coastal mountains in the background

The top of the hill afforded an excellent view of the town of Collioure, France, with the coast and coastal mountains in the background

 

The vineyards in the hills above Collioure, France are planted to Rhone-style grape varietals (e.g., Grenache, Mouvedre, Syrah, etc.) that are used in the production of crisp, refreshing Rose wines (which we enjoyed over several lunches)

The vineyards in the hills above Collioure, France are planted to Rhone-style grape varietals (e.g., Grenache, Mouvedre, Syrah, etc.) that are used in the production of crisp, refreshing Rose wines (which we enjoyed over several lunches)

 

The harbor of Port-Vendres, France (just north of the Spanish-French border and just south of Collioure), is nestled between two coastal hills

The harbor of Port-Vendres, France (just north of the Spanish-French border and just south of Collioure), is nestled between two coastal hills

 

3 thoughts on “Le Petit Train from Collioure to Port-Vendres, France

    • Yes, we would have taken the “train” without the grand kids (we’ve done it in other cities, too), as it offered a way of going up and over the large hill (filled with vineyards) to get to Port-Vendres by the inland route. To strictly see Port-Vendres, you can walk along the shore path, adjacent to the auto road connecting the two cities. But the scenic route is up and over…

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