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A region with a lot to offer. 214 km of coast boasting fine sandy beaches and rocky coastline at the foot to the Pyrenean mountains, exceptional weather, a hinterland rich in heritage sites and landscapes brimming with history all combine to ensure that the Pyrénées-Orientales area offers you the very best of the sea and the mountains, both in summer and in winter.
A thriving port at the heart of Mediterranean trade, Collioure boasts a rich heritage. The Château Royal, the former some-time residence of the Spanish kings, overlooks the town and hosts cultural events throughout the year. Perched above the town, Fort Saint Elme (built by Vauban) also houses a Renaissance museum.
Art in general and painting in particular can be found all over Collioure, from the permanent exhibitions at the Château Royal to the art galleries tucked away in the streets of the town centre or on the waterfront. A tradition that came into being at the beginning of the last century with the founders of Fauvism (Matisse, Derain, Terrus, Maillol…), who all loved Collioure and its light and Mediterranean colours.
The Pyrénées-Orientales, a French département characterised by earth, wind and sun, is at the heart of Mediterranean wine production. Set out to explore the diversity of the area, its vines and wine production: robust red wines, light rosés and delicious sweet wines. Visit the vineyards and meet wine producers either on their property or at local markets.