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Friday, January 27, 2023

Walking Through Collioure, The Enchanting Charm of the South of France

raise There’s something about it that inevitably grabs you. it could be ethe Mediterranean, its beautiful port, the charming streets of its fishing district or the green blanket of vineyards which surround it in an infinite succession of terraces.

but the truth is This small town in the south of France charms you because it attracted so many artists in the early 20th century Or Antonio Machado, who turned it into a refuge for the last days of his life. we cross the border Guarding the Mediterranean beyond the Costa Brava and we visited raiseOne of the most beautiful villages in the south of France.

An Introduction to Collioure

Colliore’s panoramic – photo: Christian Rojo

The territorial organization of France is not easy to understand and becomes even more complicated when mixed with the tangled boundaries of historical regions. Colliery’s case is a good example. Geographically known as Costa BermejaIt is part of the city area Eastern Pyreneeswhich in turn is integrated into Department of Oceania, but, Collioure was part of RoussillonA historical region that still has a sense of identity and pride in it It maintains many links with neighboring Catalonia.

And that’s it, one of the grandest times happened When the city was part of the Kingdom of Majorca and, later, of the Kingdom of Aragon, It was the latter who gave strategic importance to this enclave, initiated the construction of the port and strengthened the castle. Collioure remained within the Spanish domain after its unification with Castile. And it didn’t take long for this to become an element of serious friction between Spain and France, which He would annex it along with the rest of Roussillon in 1659.

Walking Through Collioure, The Enchanting Charm Of The South Of France
Colliery Port – Photo: Christian Rojo

It became an important center of artistic activity in the early 20th century. That’s when some of the most outstanding painters of the French scene decided to settle or spend time there. as was the case with artists Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, André Derain or Picasso himself,

All of these are driven by the influence that comes from colliere He created works that depicted the daily life of his fishermen or the beauty of his medieval streets, port or bay. Many of these works can be seen in various replicas that are spread around the city, known as path of fauvism or in beautiful Museum of Modern Art,

It was also the place chosen by our poet Antonio Machadowho took refuge in this small town after going into exile in Spain with the victory of Franco’s army in 1939. His grave, in the municipal cemetery, is one of the most visited in Collioure. and a continuing place for the tribute and memory of the thousands of Spanish captives, many of whom died or suffered Argeles-sur-Mer and other refugee camps in the vicinity.

What’s in Collioure

The port that protects the historic center

Walking Through Collioure, The Enchanting Charm Of The South Of France
Colliery Port – Photo: Christian Rojo

The first time I visited Colliery it was by boat and I only had the opportunity to see its harbour. It was enough to make me fall in love. Few places in the Mediterranean can we visit a port that has preserved its medieval essence so well, Church of our lady of the angels With her resolute countenance she will welcome us, escorted by the charming Chapel of St. Vincent And the lighthouse of the city, which we will reach through a stone path.

If we go to this little lighthouse, we will enjoy the panoramic view of the group of Renaissance houses that border the beach and harbor, Its colorful façade with its red roofs and wooden shutters completes what it is, in my opinion. One of the most beautiful postcards from the Mediterranean.

next to the church our lady of the angelswhose tower reminds us of its past as a lighthouse, it is small st vincent beach which marks the beginning of a beautiful promenade sheltered by the old wall castillo real, Along the way we will meet painters or street musicians, children fishing, couples enjoying a romantic moment and tourists immersed in this idyllic scene.

maurey’s fishing district

Walking Through Collioure, The Enchanting Charm Of The South Of France
Maure neighborhood – Photo: Christian Rojo

Going through one of the gates that connects the beach of San de San Vicente with the historic center, we will reach what is known moray neighborhood, we can start our journey on tourist OfficeLocated in Republic SquareTo grab a map and see a full schedule of activities specially programmed in the summer months.

from there, If we go up the rue du Bourmar or the rue de la Prude Homme we will gradually enter a labyrinth of streets Who built the old fishermen’s houses. today most have turned into art galleries or small hotels Charming, but its architecture is largely preserved.

his military past

Walking Through Collioure, The Enchanting Charm Of The South Of France
Collioure Royal Castle – Photo: Christian Rojo

The historical importance of the colliery is evident from the presence of two grand forts or palaces, the one who stands before Port d’Aval Beach is referred to as castillo real, The first documents talking about it are from the year 673 and since then it has been continuously expanded and improved. until it became the royal residence of the Kingdom of Mallorca in 1343,

Its strategic defensive position put it under constant threat and it suffered severe attacks during the 17th century wars between Spain and France to end our neighbor’s supremacy. Today you can take a tour lasting about two hours which includes a Interesting exhibition on the history of Republican refugees Of civil war.

Walking Through Collioure, The Enchanting Charm Of The South Of France
Fortress of San Telmo – Photo: Christian Rojo

from the top of the nearby mountains, San Telmo Fort, an imposing 16th-century fort that has been kept in an excellent state of conservation. It was in use until the early 20th century and It was occupied by the German Navy during World War II., After passing through several private hands, it became a military museum and is open to the public today. Access is not ideal yet The views over the entire bay and surrounding area are worth a visit.

Tomb of Antonio Machado

Walking Through Collioure, The Enchanting Charm Of The South Of France
Tomb of Antonio Machado – Photo: Christian Rojo

“When the day of the last journey comes

And the ship that will never return is leaving

you’ll find me riding light stuff

Almost naked, like children of the sea»

Antonio Machado

Antonio Machado Ruiz is considered one of the most important poets in the history of our literature. Born in Seville in 1875, he was the youngest representative of the Symbolist generation of ’98 And, like many other artists, his life was cut short with the outbreak of the Civil War. Most of the conflict was spent storming the Valencian town of Rocafort before marching towards Barcelona. And went into exile on January 22, 1939.

a few days later I will arrive in Collioure by train and take refuge Hotel Bognols-Quintana, Along with other exiled intellectuals, he waited for help which did not arrive in time as he would die only a month after leaving Spain. He was buried next to his mother in Colliery Cemetery.Joe could not bear his loss and died three days later on 25 February.

Today his mausoleum has become not only one of the most visited monuments in the city, but also one of the A true symbol of the republican struggle and the memory of the thousands of Spanish exiles who had to leave their land because of the dictatorship. Flowers, commemorative plaques, Andalusian and Republican flags Get engrossed in this space full of symbolism.

The importance of gastronomy in Collioure

Walking Through Collioure, The Enchanting Charm Of The South Of France
Traditional Anchovy Shop – Photo: Christian Rojo

The cuisine of the Pyrénées-Orientales region is undoubtedly one of its main tourist attractions. Its close historical ties with Spain and Catalonia have ended up configuring an excellent gastronomy. Which collects and recreates the best of each of these kitchens. And in Collioure we can find some great examples and places to prove it.

launch, Collioure can boast of having first class raw materials. it’s impossible to get out of there without trying them famous anchovies Which, as they explain to us, was actually one of the reasons for the first population settlements. We can try, buy them in the bars and restaurants of the port Downtown’s Charming Specialty Shops Or, even, we will be able to attend some workshops to learn how to continue expanding it in an artistic way.

the colliery is located surrounded by a blanket of vineyards that come together in a cascade of terraces, Some of which end up in the ocean. In addition to designing incredible landscapes with Background Pyreneesallow something to be produced best sweet wines in the country like deo banyules, They have nothing to envy the famous port wine.

Along the port we will find good restaurants where you can taste local cuisine, but We recommend that you walk around the bay and Port d’Aval beach and find two restaurants further away from the center but it allows us to have a really beautiful panoramic view of the city.

Walking Through Collioure, The Enchanting Charm Of The South Of France
Le Neptune Restaurant – Photo: Christian Rojo

is a matter of Restaurant Le Neptunelocated inside Hotel Bormar. It has a simple but very well worked menu and incredible views especially at night. If we want to give ourselves a little luxury, I recommend going a little higher and closer to Restaurant La Ballet at Hotel Le Relais des Trois MasProvides arguably the best dining experience colliere,

Recognized as a Michelin star, its chef Laurent Lamel is a true culinary specialist and here he presents us a menu based on local gastronomy and Zero Kilometer. With a touch inspired by Norwegian cuisine. The 8-service menu, paired with four different wines, is a true spectacle and a journey through known flavors and a few surprises. It costs around 90 euros per person, depending on the season.

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