Activities

Apart from swimming there are places in Collioure and all along the coast where you can try snorkeling or diving, kayaking, windsurfing, and sailing. You can walk the coastal paths, hike in the mountains, cycle on quiet tracks, or let horses do all the work (at Argelès and Banyuls). You can go canyoning (especially on the Canigou massif). And from December to April, or even later, it's only a two hour drive to resorts such as Les Angles and Font Romeu where you can ski and snowboard.

Culture

By car or train you can easily reach three important towns - sophisticated Perpignan for shopping, Figueres for the Dalí Theatre-Museum, and Girona for its historic centre. Among the nearby villages Céret, like Collioure, is also famous as the sometime home of various artists including Matisse, Modigliani, Picasso, Soutine and Harold Weston. At Banyuls you can visit the home and studio of Maillol while at Port Lligat the surrealist house of Salvador Dalí (illustrated) should not be missed.

Exploring The Area

Wine And Food

You can have a wonderful time visiting the wineries and testing the products, The Collioure appellation covers Collioure itself and the neighbouring villages of Port-Vendres, Cerbere and Banyuls - something like a hundred different reds, whites and rosés. Over the frontier, the co-operatives and private cellars of villages such as Capmany, Espolla, Garriguella and Pau also wait to be discovered (and you'll find local olive oil too). As to food, you'll find good restaurants everywhere serving Catalan cuisine, blending mar i muntanya (sea and mountain).