Just a few miles from the Spanish border, Collioure is a Mediterranean seaside town in the Pyrenees-Orientales department of France. The former Catalan fishing village is a picturesque maze of pedestrianised streets, filled with great restaurants, tiny art galleries and charming bars surrounding the harbour. Known as the ‘gem of the Roussillon Coast’, Collioure sits perfectly between the turquoise Mediterranean and the rugged mountains of the Pyrenees.
Many painters through the years, including Picasso, Matisse and Derain have stayed in Collioure property to paint the changing light on the beautiful Church of Notre Damn des Anges, which is defiantly worth visiting from a Collioure villa. The town is hugely picturesque, with the stunning colours of the sea and the sky combining idyllically with the muted yellows and reds of the local architecture. The Fort of St Elme and the old lighthouse on the mouth of the bay dominate the list of most photographed parts of the town.
The twice weekly market which runs in the centre of Collioure every Wednesday and Sunday is the source of magnificent seafood to fill any freezer in a self catering Collioure holiday rental, and is a great place to visit to see the vibrant colours, sights and smells of the town at its best.
The coast of Collioure provides facilities for scuba diving, sailing, fishing and swimming, whilst the inland areas are perfect for hiking, canyoning, climbing, mountaineering and skiing in the winter. The beaches are lined with palm trees, and olive groves rise up to meet the ruins of castles and watchtowers high on the ridges above the town.
Saint Cyprien is just a few miles up the coast from a holiday villa in Collioure. It is a great place to relax on the beach, watching luxury yachts steadily sail past. There are also a great range of sporting facilities and places to relax with some French delicacies and a glass of wine, especially around the marina.
Temperatures in Collioure range from an average of 27?C in July to a very mild 10?C in January, which makes it a great place for a holiday rental villa for talking the walking in the Pyrenees, or the skiing, which is under 2 hours to the north, especially when it is considered that Collioure receives over 320 days of sunshine every year.
Perpignan Airport (PGF) is the closest to any of the holiday accommodation in Collioure, 45 minutes away by car. Ryanair fly to Perpignan from London Stansted, and Flybe have a range of flights from Birmingham and Southampton.