Arriving at Collioure by the sea, visitors can enjoy a beautiful view of the Château Royal (Royal Castle), perched on the hills above the city. Founded on the ruins of a Roman monument, the castle was built at the request of the Kings of Majorca. It was then used as a summer residence for the court.
In the seventeenth century, Collioure lay at the heart of the conflict between Habsburg Spain and Bourbon France, the fortified castle becoming a strategic point. It was conquered by the French in 1659.
The Château proposes a chronological itinerary in three stages: the château's medieval period of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the Habsburgs in the fifteenth and sixteenth and the
Bourbons in the seventeenth century. Visitors can admire a beautiful view of Collioure and the Mediterranean from the château.
Collioure's colourful houses, its small beach with clear waters, and the wonderful quality of the light here have inspired and continue to inspire many artists. Writers, poets, singers and painters have made their way to Collioure such as Picasso, Matisse, Derain, Dufy and Chagall. The Collioure Museum of Modern Art pays tribute to them.
Created in 1930 by the painter and engraver, Jean Peské, the Museum of Modern Art was then installed by the town hall, in the politician Gaston Pams' house. In addition to its fine collection of modern art, the museum regularly proposes exhibitions of contemporary art.
Built in 1684, Notre-Dame-des-Anges in Collioure reflects the Southern Gothic style, with a single nave. Its most characteristic feature is the tower's dome, which was added in 1810. The tower served as a landmark for sailors wishing to return to port, making the church into a lighthouse at the foot of the Mediterranean.
The church's interior is home to works of art in different areas of the building with the entrance featuring a tomb depicting Jesus surrounded by Mary and St. John, as well as a font. Visitors can also admire a Precious Blood altarpiece in the Chapel of Christ. In addition, the Chapel of St. Vincent features a reliquary.
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.
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.