Apartment in Collioure, Pyrenees Orientales, Languedoc Roussillon, France - Breathtaking Location 3 Minutes From Water's Edge,
- english, french, german, Haslirent speak swiss and dutch Angelique Feuz
About Angela Would
We are a family of four, we have 2 boys aged 21 and 25. We live in a cottage in the New Forest which we restored over 3 years and have subsequently extended. We both had careers but enjoyed restoring our home so much that we carried on developing in the UK and renting out properties. It is now our means of income and way of life. The chalet in Switzerland was bought as a result of repeatedly visiting the same village year after year and wanting to be independent of rentals. Collioure was again the result of loving an area and our later years when we may enjoy the mild climate and some sunny weather... but we have just bought another property with a pool 1 hour inland from Collioure...In the meantime we want others to share our homes in our absence as the boys have jobs now.
Angela Would purchased this Apartment in 2012
Why Angela Would chose Collioure
Our main priority was to find somewhere with a view, on a cove and ideally with the sun at some point. This time we thought we would choose an apartment for ease of maintenance and ready to go. The apartment not only has views of the the coast, sea and the landmark bell tower of Collioure during the day in the evening it has the sunset, the twinkling lights of Collioure and the lights from the boats that anchor in and around the bay. There is no road between the appartment and the beach, you can literally walk out of the cellar door to the beach, carrying the sun lounger, canoe, fishing rod or lunch. Even better is that if you fancy a drink/ice cream/need the loo you can just nip back to your own facilitities - Lidl priced ice cream/drinks and a clean toilet - perfect.
What makes this Apartment unique
The close proximity to the waters edge - the convenience of walking down to the cove, without crossing a road, nothing in front of you, bliss. We would have liked a balcony, terrace or garden, but in hindsight we have realised that these options were not very private, whereas our internal terrace is perfect and away from prying eyes. We can walk everywhere and not worry about parking and queues - to be able to walk to Lidl is great - it could have been any supermarket it is the proximity which is great. We can also walk in the hill behind towards Collioure, or venture to Port Vendres along the coastal path. Restaurants are within walking distance and it is a lovely coastal walk. Fresh fish can be bought direct from the boat on the quayside at 4ish each day and wine shops en route.
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A week in paradise.
Excellent accommodation in a most beautiful setting with views to die for. This corner of France is often overlooked but it is truly magnificent. Collioure is the picture postcard setting for every French dream.
The apartment is situated perfectly to taking all that is best of this region and can be described as pure luxury.
Wonderful apt. Well equipped, nicely decorated.
Wonderful apt. Well equipped and nicely decorated. Views were amazing. Situated within walking distance of both Collioure and Port Vendres. The bed was very comfortable. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
I am really happy you enjoyed your stay. The apartment is as well equipped as our home, but without the beautiful views and location.
Collioure and Port Vendres are conveniently placed to enjoy a break from day to day 'normality'. It is particularly lovely with the warm sun at this time of year and the early spring flowers and blossom. Enjoy the rest of your trip to Northern France
Lovely sea/beach views from LR/BDRM. Very thoughtful, efficient space. Everything you need
We have rented apartments in Collioure several times. You simply can not skimp on a nice view! Very comfortable space, nice bed, , Iinens, very clean. Enjoyed having parking, but usually walked to Colliure or Port Vendre. Washer came in handy too. Bruno helpful and accomodating at check in/out.
Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. I am pleased you enjoyed your stay. The view is a pleasure whatever the time of day, the weather or the season.
Thank you for your kind comments.
Wonderful apartment in a fabulous location
One of the best apartments we have ever stayed in. This, with the location made it the perfect holiday for us. Having the sea and beach on our doorstep made us very lazy but there is plenty to do in this beautiful area which remains under the radar of many tourists visiting France.
Thank you for your review, Collioure and Port Vendres are easily walked to, on an evening, after a productive day on the beach!! Either a stroll for provisions, walk to the bar , restaurants, gelatarias or just to stretch the legs!!
Just left there ourselves, fantastic weather and a couple of fantastic meals we snatched a couple of free days, between guests
Well equipped apartment with excellent access to the beach. I would say that marketing it as Collioure is pushing it, a good 20/25 min walk down hill to Collioure, more coming back up hill. Port-Vendres much closer with 2 large supermarkets and a couple of smaller ones. Many restaurants plus access to local freshly caught fish both from the large fish market on the quay.
The postal address is Collioure, so I would be not be giving the correct information for the satnav or directions. The map and satellite view shows where it is and as many visitors have said it is great for both Port Vendres and Collioure, let alone Lidl for baguettes and croissants in the morning. The walk is explained, it takes some longer than others, certainly if the centre of Collioure is wanted for the accommodation location, then Les Batteries would not be the first choice..
Fantastic apartment with many extras in a fantastic location
The apartment is fully equipped, including a sea kayak. It is spacious and wonderfully decorated. An absolute gem on a place. Locally loads to do. Train to Portbou is a great day out, the Yellow Train, Coastal walks, hills and many many restaurants to try out, as well as great local wine.
There are 40 steps to water's edge of the closest cove from the cellar door, there are 2 other coves at 5 and 10 minutes walk. The cove near the apartment has a sandy shallow shore for children, There are rocks and rock pools. Swimming,snorkelling and fishing are possible. There are 2 canoes for guests t use at their own 'risk'.
We are conveniently placed for Lidl which is just along the road , turn left outside the entrance and it is about 200 metres on your left. They bake bread all day, it is amazingly cheap, but you have to get used to their stock levels and queues at tills –they do accept ‘cards’.There are plenty of shops in Port Vendres, there are many boulangeries , butchers, fish shop and pharmacies. There is a Super U in Port Vendres and a Dia supermarket on the outskirts near the Bricomarche. There is a market on a Saturday morning in Port Vendres on the car park behind the Art gallery, it is more for locals than tourists, but is nevertheless interesting. There is a boat which sells its catch at around 4pm on the quayside, near the excursion booths. There is also a fish market, where there is a fresh fish counter and a large shop which also shellfish products and other fish produce, follow the road round to the ‘sea entrance of Port Vendres’ – it looks commercial but enter through the gates and follow the buildings around and it is on your right.
Port Vendres is less touristy and as such their prices are not as inflated as Collioure for some things. There are many restaurants along the water’s edge which I am told are very good. The tourist office is in the corner near the small car park next to the marina .
There is a Carrefour Express as you walk into Collioure, take the road up to the roundabout, rather than walk around the walls. There are a couple of boulangeries as you walk in to the ‘Faubourg’ area, a pharmacie and a small ‘epicerie’. In Collioure old town the shops are small, many catering for tourists. The narrow, winding alleyways are a lovely area to wander around when you are fed up of the beach. There is a market on Wednesday and Sunday morning there is a mix of stalls, but again it is mainly targeting the tourists, there is a mix of French, Catalan and Spanish stalls –again an interesting place to wander around.
Collioure has a wealth of restaurants along the water’s edge and in the alleyways. We have sampled some, but the dishes certainly look delicious.
Larger supermarkets – if you want to go larger, there is a Hyper Intermarche on the edge of Argeles near a Mc Donalds, it is the junction after St Andre and the motorway sign to Le Boulou.
Look out for local producers who often have roadside stands selling locally grown, apricots, nectarines, peaches and melons.
Perpignan Airport is 30 km away and some use Girona or Carcassonne. Car hire is not necessary as there is a rail link to Collioure, taxis and a 1 Euro bus operates in the area.
We drive to Collioure and have used Ouistreham (Caen) around 12 hours with stops, and Bilbao, around 7 hours with stops
AIRPORT - Perpignan airport: 30 Km
TRAIN - Collioure Station: 2 km
MOTORWAY - A9: 30 m
There is a secure covered parking area as well as an above ground car park.
Collioure centre is 13 minutes walk away and Port Vendres is 10 minutes walk.
Argeles sur Mer is approximately 4 km away. Banyuls sur Mer is also around 5 km away.
There are vineyards, olive groves and fruit growers inland to visit. There are many local sites to be seen, but the focus has to be on Collioure itself and the coastline.
Many drive off to Barcelona, Figueres, Carcassone, the Pyrenees details are all at the apartment.
There is a Lidl just along the road from the apartment which bakes bread and croissants on site and Collioure is only a 13 minute walk away which has a small Carrefour 'city'. The coastal walk to the excellent restaurants and bars in Collioure and Port Vendres are well lit with pavements.
Collioure is beautiful, the town has a network of small winding 'alleyways' full of all sorts of shops, including art galleries, 'Celliers' for wine tasting, biscuit makers, chic boutiques, restaurants, to name but a few.
There is a mix of french and Spanish influence which is very noticeable in the weekly markets, there is even a bull ring in Collioure. In the summer fruit such as melons, peaches and nectarines can be purchased direct from the growers as can olive oil, wine and even vinegar. Fish can be purchased fresh from the fishermen in Port Vendres. Collioure and the surrounding area is popular all year round due to its wonderful mild climate.
Both directions have everything that you may need be it a pharmacy, cash point, post office, a whole range of shops.