Come and discover over ten centuries of the tumultuous history of a fort in perpetual revival in the heart of Collioure and the Catalan country.
Fort Saint-Elme was originally an 8thth century signal tower around which the Emperor Charles Quint had a fort built in 1538. Its star shaped architecture was revolutionary at the time.
Open to the public since 2008, its moat and garden mean you can discover the exotic flora brought back from Mexico by the Conquistadors.
In this family biscuit factory, the famous almond biscuits are made every morning in front of the clientèle.
Here there is an expertise passed down from generation to generation, as well as the exclusive use of natural and traditional produce.
Passers-by are drawn in by the aroma of grilled almonds, chocolate and lemon which wafts through the streets early in the morning.
Above the store which sells the produce, discover the historic workshop of the Maison Roque. You will be let in on the trade secret of the famous anchovies that have made the town famous. In Collioure, their preservation in salt is very ancient. It is a real expertise passed on from generation to generation.
After the visit, produce tasting is on offer.
Matisse and Derain gave birth to the artistic movement of Fauvism in 1905, during their stay in Collioure.
The town is now giving you the chance to re-immerse yourself in the art of these two artists, by discovering reproductions of their works displayed in the streets. The Fauvism trail, completely freely accessible, in the end includes 19 paintings to discover over the course of a walk in Collioure.
You can decide to follow the route yourselves, or take a guided visit organised by the tourism office.
The Boucle du cap Béar route offers you a stroll in the heart of the vines and the maquis as well as along the coast, all with a view of the Béar cape and the Paulilles cove. To begin this walk of almost 5 kilometres, you start from the lighthouse of cape Béar.
The trail begins opposite the semaphore entrance gate. There, you just need to take the Port-Vendres direction. This circular is done by the sea.