Collioure is the gem of Roussillion and the Catalonian coast. Encased in a small rock bay, with the Alberes mountains behind, Collioure has escaped the real estate development on the coast of Roussillon down to Argeles-sur-Mer, six miles away. The town has kept much of its unique medieval character. The Royal Castle, a 13th century Templers castle, separates the bay and is surrounded on one side with cafes, shops and art galleries. Caught between the bay and the sea, stands the 17th century church, adjacent to the ancient lighthouse that now serves as a belltower. The rose dome atop the tower is the trademark of romantic Collioure.
Having endured 17 different dominations and sieges over the ages, the population has acquired an independent, although hospitable, character that seems almost oblivious to the massive tourist on slaught of July and August. Many great painters have congregated here, enchanted by this gem: Braque, Dufy, Matisse, Derain, Picasso. The rocky coast south of Collioure is particularly scenic and refreshing.
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