|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
A beautiful 2/3 bedroomed beach apartment with magnificent uninterupted views across the bay, sleeps 6
These two apartments are situated in a lovely Mediterranean cove on the south side of Collioure and have magnificent unrestricted views across the bay. The cove is a paradise for swimming, diving, and snorkelling or just relaxing on the beach. You will fall asleep to the sound of the waves breaking on the rocks below. There are two beaches on the residence which offer the possibility of an early morning swim or an evening dip before dinner on the terrace. The apartments are 20 minutes walk to the centre of Collioure where you will be spoilt for choice with the range of restaurants, cafes and art galleries, a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. 15 mins walk takes you into historic Port Vendres established in 6BC and home of the famous fish market and great restaurants. The apartment has a space in the communal lock-up garage. An electronic key is provided.
We cannot be held responsible for accidents, injuries or losses during your stay. You should make your own arrangements for holiday insurance.
It was a privilege to stay in your beautifully equipped apartment. We have spent hours just sitting at the table gazing at the incredible view. A swim before breakfast is a must, but the children couldn't wait to get back down to the beach. It has been our best family holiday ever. Thank you Sheila and John.
Karla and Dan Ptacek
For three weeks we had rented this great appartment in Collioure. It is never sure what to expect when one rents an appartment without actually knowing the owners, knowing the location or having seen the appartment. We were not disappointed at all. In fact it was better than we would have hoped for. The beach in front of the appartment is great. It has pebbles but also a lot of sandy spots, ideal for children, also because of the size of the beach, losing small children is not possible. Snorkling is great, the clear blue water is full of beautiful fish. Port Vendres and Collioure are both at walking distance. The appartment was fully equipped. Everything was there, incl. baby chair, snorkling gear, games, music, dvd player, washing machine, every coocking utensil you could ever think of. A trip to Barcelona or Figueres is easily made. The fishmarket in Port Vendres was a great place to buy fish and shellfish. France has become rather expensive, but the market in Port Vendres offers good products for a reasonable price (comparing is to be advised)... The scenery is stunning, let alone the view from every window of the appartment. The owners were very friendly, helpful and hospitable. We have had a magnificent holiday with our two small children and will certainly return.
La Gavina was an ideal place for a party of 5 including 2 children. The flat was is well kept and well equipped :from books and magazines in various languages, to equipment for the beach, snorkeling, etc...
The views are amazing and what a treat it was to wake up every day to the sound of the sea. We liked it so much that we stayed an extra night. Our host was very accommodating in every possible way.Thanks!
Our arrival at La Gavina was somewhat delayed meaning the shops were shut so Sheila, the owner , offered to help by going shopping for us for a few essentials including wine! This was a godsend after a tiring journey. Sheila had been equally helpful in answering questions prior to our visit.
The first impression of La Gavina was that the main rooms were much more spacious than portrayed in the photos. The master bedroom, kitchen and living room all have plenty of space to move around. We used the master bed and the bed settee in the living room and both were really comfortable. The bathroom and WC are compact but modern with a spacious shower.
The second impression was the wow factor of the views from both balconies. The view extends across the pretty bay to Collioure and further to Argeles and the mountains beyond. The kitchen balcony is in fact an extension of the kitchen which allows al fresco dining but with plenty of shelter from the wind if needed.
The kitchen itself is really well equipped we ate in more often than not and I can't think of anything that was missing. The griddle plate for the induction hob was an excellent way of cooking fresh fish purchased fresh from the fishing boats in Port Vendres.
Port Vendres with it's busy port and selection of restaurants is 15 minutes walk away while 20-25 minutes gets you right into centre of Collioure with its 3 beaches and many other attractions. There is also a lovely coast walk to Port Vendres which takes about an hour. We also enjoyed the, similar length, walk up to Fort St. Elme.
The small beach below the apartment did get quite busy at peak times. It is ideal for relaxing, swimming and snorkelling.
Overall an excellent location to stay. Would have given 5 stars but a few minor items need upgrading. We have passed these on to the owner who was most appreciative of our comments and said that she would give them her attention.
We have always loved Collioure, my favourite part of France and it was so lovely to be able to walk into the lovely town and then come back to the apartment with such ease. The views from the lovely apartment can not be matched and to be just on the beach is brilliant. Amazing!!
We stayed in La Gavina for ten days, but nearly had to fly home early because one of us developed a serious eye problem after three days. The owner of the property, Sheila Taylor, came to the rescue and found us an eye specialist locally, who identified the problem and prescribed treatment. This tided us over until we got back to the UK, but without Sheila's help the holiday would have been a total disaster. As to the apartment itself, it was all that we wanted and more, and the local area gave us plenty of opportunities to explore among the vineyards and villages, even if some of the back roads were pretty hair-raising. The Fish Market in Port Vendre is not to be missed, and the local Lidl and Carrefour supplied all our needs, supplemented with food from the local markets. The local town of Ceret is well worth a visit if you are an art-lover, and Collioure has a fascinating history.
La Gavina apartment is absolutely fabulous and exceeded all my expectations. It is beautifully furnished with 2 balconies and a very new kitchen with all mod cons and utensils. The beach below is far nicer than the actual Collioure beach in the town. You just walk down the internal stairs and out the door and you are there! The walk into Collioure or Port Vendre is only a maximum of 15 minutes - in both directions its an easy walk and glorious scenery. We are both in our mid 60's and enjoyed the walk into Collioure for dinner and home again - no effort. Parking is easy and nice to be away from the hustle and bustle of the town itself, but still have the advantage of a breathtaking view of the town.
We had the pleasure of meeting Sheila the owner who was a delight and extraordinarily helpful. I would recommend a stay at La Gavina to anyone - you will not be disappointed.
Collioure, is a beautiful,ancient and atmospheric town built around the medieval castle and port. Picasso, Matisse and Derain painted here. When you have experienced the quality of the light you will realise why. Visit the vineyards and taste the local wines. Stroll around the harbour and sit at one of the restaurants or cafes and enjoy the views, people watching and local artists at work. Visit the medieval castle. Soak up the history and the superb views from the battlements. Equally rewarding is a stroll around the harbour at Port Vendres which is a busy commercial, fishing and yacht harbour. A visit to the superb fish market is a must as are the restaurants. Port Vendres has been a busy harbour since 6BC. Motor boat trips are good or try a day out on the traditional sailing schooner Treguern including barbecue lunch and a swim in a secluded Spanish cove. Nearby includes:Cathar Castles, Dali Museums at Figueres and Cadaques, medieval Girona, Barcelona, medieval city of Carcasonn
Other Activities: Art galleries, guided visits