The French Mediterranean village of Collioure is nothing short of enchanting. Travel guru Rick Steves refers to it as “paradise reclaimed” – it’s hard to disagree. These gorgeous photos of Collioure, basking in the sun, are sure to make you want to visit…
Collioure is everything that describes an idyllic postcard-perfect retreat from modern stresses… Cobblestone pedestrian streets and colourful narrow houses that are centuries old. A plethora of vine-covered dining patios and bars. Sandy (though sometimes rocky) beaches with clear almost turquoise water. Quality wine made nearby from local grapes. And, a vibrant history dotted with the great and the famous including Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and British author Patrick O’Brian.
Add gorgeous summer sunrises over the water and a pace of life that seems to be from times gone by, and Collioure is worth a detour on any Southern France itinerary.
Collioure is easily reachable by train. There is TGV service from Paris Gare de Lyon to nearby Perpignan. From here, visitors have choice of local train, rental car, or taxi to reach the town.
Lonna (Elle) Coleman is a recently-retired banking executive now focused on her true passions – travel photography, expressionist acrylic painting, and writing. Her photography and artwork are available at www.etsy.com/shop/ElleColemanPhotoArt