The pearl of the Vermillion Coast, the little town of Collioure, prized by painters, makes an incredibly picturesque, enchanting scene. It is a picture postcard place, with its royal castle by the sea, its port with local boats, its small pebbly beaches, its café terraces, the old town with its coloured façades and its emblematic, pink-domed belltower! A wonderful scene which you can admire from the chapel of Saint-Vincent Island, from the esplanade at the foot of the château or again from the edges of the Pams gardens.
Dating back to the 17th century, the church of Our Lady of the Angels (Notre-Dame-des-Anges) contains true treasures of baroque art: nine superb altarpieces, whose richly detailed sculpting will never fail to enchant lovers of sacred heritage! Particularly remarkable is the high altarpiece, the work of the Catalonian artist Joseph Sunyer.
When you visit Collioure you must do the Fauvism Path. At the beginning of the 20th century, Henry Matisse and André Derain arrived in Collioure. They were students of artist Gustav Moreau, the famous professor who inspired the style of painting named Fauves by a critic – French for ‘wild beasts’. This movement used daring bright colours and caused reverberations to ripple through the art world influencing Picasso, amongst others. There are twenty pictures now in place around Collioure, sited at the points of these artists’ original point of inspiration – an exciting wander for art lovers.
There are several lovely sandy beaches to visit around the Bay, or the Anse de la Baleta, and just outside. You can also visit the markets, on Wedesday and Sunday, where you will find a wide range of local produce and crafts.
The temperatures are highest on average in July, at around 23.3 °C. In January, the average temperature is 7.0 °C. It is the lowest average temperature of the whole year. On average there are 108.13 hours of sunshine per month.
Collioure is a 40 minute drive from Perpignan Airport.