Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
Collioure is a gem of a place and is undoubtedly one of the most charming seaside towns on the Languedoc coastline. In the sunniest part of France and nestling at the foot of the Pyrenees half an hour from the Spanish border , it offers the best of the South of France and the Catalan regional spirits. Collioure is an unpretentious and authentic French town with a welcoming community . The town has lots of cafes and restaurants and some interesting small shops. Twice weekly there is a market selling local produce and some clothing.
There is so much to do in Collioure whether its a relaxing beach holiday on one of the five small beaches round the bay or simply enjoying the ancient forts , the church , the windmill or the museum in the town , soaking up the atmosphere and the history of the place. Activities such as tennis, cycling and diving are also all available as well as boat trips and scenic coastal walks.
If you wish to venture further, hire a car to explore the vineyard covered Pyrenees foothills and the ancient Cathar ruins , visit the breathtaking stronghold of Carcasonne and the Cathedral city of Narbonne or enjoy the area around the Canal du Midi . All within workable driving distances.
The apartment is located on a quiet cobbled street in the heart of the town. The Patisserie , Boulangerie and local Cafe are all at the end of the road , on the seafront. The apartment is styled simply and freshly decorated with a French feel. There is a small balcony that lets the morning sun flood into the living area. There is a small shower room/ WC . The bedroom has a king size bed with a good sized wardrobe. There is a tv/dvd if you ever find yourself in at night. All you need for an enjoyable stay.
Collioure enjoys year round visitors and is also a lovely winter break destination for weekends or longer. The Andorra region can be reached within two hours for skiing daytrips.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||At the end of the road 100 m|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan 25 km, Nearest railway: Collioure 1 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment is on the second floor of a converted Fisherman's cottage. It has a cosy and comfortable rustic appeal. (The minute I walked into the space I felt at home ) .
The apartment is tiled throughout for coolness. The main area of the kitchen/ living/ dining is all white with simple French style furniture and accessories. The queen size sofa bed can sleep 1 extra people or at a push 2 small children. There is a TV/DVD if you fancy a night in . The kitchen area has tiled work surfaces and spacious cupboards with all useful utensils and a large family fridge/ freezer. It has a gas cooker and large butler style porcelain sinks. Very typically French.
The entrance hall leads to the shower room which is small with basin/ WC/ shower. The basics and no more. The double bedroom has a wardrobe with drawers, a chair , bedside lamps , pretty bed linen on its king size bed and is all freshly painted .
There are beach mats and beach towels to use. Linen etc is provided. There is a small heater if you are visiting during the winter months and a fan for during the hottest months. Please check the amenities list above for more info on the property.
|Further details outdoors|
The beach is 30 seconds away. There is almost a seaview but La Tour D'Auvergne stands in the way at the foot of the street. The street is narrow , one way and only just passable to residents cars further round the bend. There is very little traffic , mostly on foot. The balcony is just big enough for one chair, no more. You get the morning sun until 1pm.
Parking is not possible on the actual street and not easy in general so if you are looking for a parking space please give advance notice and I can give you the options. In brief, off season it is possible to find a free space near the apartment but during the peak months it is very difficult if you don't get a space early and pay. It is a very popular for day trippers as it is famous in France for being so picturesque.
The building dates back to the 19th century and was converted some time ago into four small apartments and all of them are second homes so noise levels are dependent on who is in the block. We have found the apartment quiet and peaceful.
There is a great deal to do , see and eat in Collioure. Perfect for a week's escape. There is a lot of local info in the apartment and I can provide more on request.
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The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The Languedoc- Rousillion area is very lush and enjoys lovely weather. A lesser known department than Provence and the Cote D'Azur, it is equally beautiful but quieter . The history of the place is unrivalled . The region is known as the Cathar region for the tumultous historical events that took place in the 13th Century and many of the landmarks of this brutal time are still standing and worth visiting.
It is a major wine producing department in France formerly producing most of the vin du table but more recently becoming equal to the best in France producing fine A.O.C quality wines. Banyuls and Rousillon are the best known .
Collioure itself has a long history constantly changing hands between the French and Spanish due to its strategic position on this coastline. In more recent times it was one of the biggest Anchovy ports in France and is still famous for its incredible choice of "Anchois" . At the turn of the 20th century several artists worked in and painted the area such as Picasso, Dufry, Derain, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Matisse to name a few of " Les Fauves" as they became known. The town is peppered with reproductions of these well known artworks . Many present day artists reside in the town and you can visit their "ateliers" in the narrow cobbled streets .
There are many points of interest in the town. The town has an iconic belltower which is THE signature view of Collioure. The belltower and church is the "Notre Dame Des Anges" which was also a lighthouse as well as a church.
There is a large fort in the bay, the Chateau Royal was once a winter palace for the Kings of Majorca.
On the opposite side of the bay , reached uphill through an olive grove, is a beautiful old windmill . Further still is Fort St Elme a private fortified castle. The town also has a small art gallery/ museum.
Collioure town centres around a beautiful bay and there are three pretty sand/ stone beaches with two smaller coves tucked away. Daily boat trips take visitors out to see the nearby Cote Vermeille coastline. There is a twice weekly market selling local delicacies, clothes and gifts. The town has a good selection of small boutique shops offering lovely jewellery, local artworks , anchovy products and wines .
For eating and drinking there are lots of cafes and restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes . Sit on the beach front and watch the sunk sinking behind the belltower sipping Sangria. The area has a strong Catalan identity and tapas and sangria are on offer in many establishments.
The town has an all year round community . The centre is a conservation area and it is kept spotlessly clean and well tended by the Colliourencs. (It does not shut down for 6 months of the year). There are festivals and celebrations throughout the year and the people are natural, warm hosts. The biggest celebrations are the Fete de St Vincent in mid August and the New Year's Eve party. People travel to Collioure from all over to see the wonderful beachfront fireworks!
Collioure is a destination to enjoy various types of holiday. Its a relaxing beach resort or a cultural gem for the artists and historians among us . There are lots of activities to keep older kids and sport fans busy . You can stay put and enjoy all that Collioure has to offer or use it as a base to explore the beautiful region including day trips to Spain.