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Photos of Collioure that will make you want to go there!

Sun rising over the beach at Collioure, southern France, a woman sits on an empty terrace, watching

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…

Colourful villas line the shore of the bay of Collioure, southern France, forested hills in the background

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.

Cobbled stret in Collioure, lined with boutiques and art galleries, bunting hangs, flowers in pots

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.

View over the countryside of Collioure, grassy and forested hills, tiny villages in valleys

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.

Buildings in Collioure painted bright yellow with blue and green shutters creating a palette of colour

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

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