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France » Languedoc-roussillon » Collioure
From Paris to Collioure: 12h30

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Collioure is a picturesque village nestled in a rustic country-side and unspoiled environment. Collioure has been a desirable place because of its opening to the Mediterranean Sea and its two bays which are easily defended. Numerous Phocean, Roman, and Greek sailors travelled to Collioure and left behind a very rich archaeological heritage. The Royal, The church of Notre Dame des Anges, the Madeloc Tower, the fort st Elme, the cloister of the Dominicans Monastery are the temoin to visit.
For centuries, a much sought-after treasure od nature has been part of Collioure’s traditions : Anchovies. A remarkable wine-growing area in southernmost France extend between the Mediteranean Sea and the foothills of the Pyrennes. From these grapes the A.O.C wines Banyuls and Collioure are produced. The wine are the result of hard labour ; vintage is extremely difficult due to the steep slopes on which the vines grow.
Collioure has always been the source of inspiration for all sorts of artists. Writers, poets, singers and painters have succumb to thje magic charm of Collioure. That is also why Picasso, Matisse, Derian Duffy, Chagall, Marquet, and many others set up their easels here an immortalised the small Catalan harbor in their works. With approximately thirty galleries and numerous artist from the entire world, Collioure still is the « City of Painters »
For the inhabitants of Collioure, the village’s festivals are always an opportunity to remember their roots. Even today, the catalan culture is maintained and passed on through language, dances « Sardane », and music « Cobles ».

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