Côte Vermeille attractions

Architecture in Banyuls-sur-Mer

Site de Paulilles

Part industrial relic, part nature walk, this 35-hectare coastal site is remote, as you'd expect of a one-time dynamite factory. It was set up by Nobel Prize founder Alfred Nobel in 1870 and subsequently abandoned i…
Chateau in Collioure

Château Royal

Collioure’s seaside castle was mostly built between 1276 and 1344 by the counts of Roussillon and the kings of Aragon, and was later occupied by the Mallorcan court, although the outer wall was the work of Vauban in…
Aquarium in Banyuls-sur-Mer


At the southern end of Banyuls’ seafront promenade, this aquarium, which was modernised in 2017, houses an intriguing collection of Mediterranean marine life, from sea horses to sea anemones. Combination tickets are…
Gallery in Collioure

Musée d’Art Moderne

Boat sketches by Matisse and Edouard Pignon along with coastal canvases by Henri Martin and Henri Marre are among the highlights of this small but worthwhile museum. It has a good collection of mainly 20th-century c…
Church in Collioure

Église Notre-Dame des Anges

At the northern end of the harbour, the medieval belfry of this church once doubled as a lighthouse, although its pink dome – the signature feature of Collioure's skyline – wasn't added until 1810.
Landmark in Collioure

Moulin de la Cortina

The most scenic way to reach this 14th-century windmill is a 950m walk through olive and almond groves from Fort St-Elme along the Cami del Port de Sant Telm (about 20 minutes). Alternatively, it's a steep 150m walk…
Gardens in Banyuls-sur-Mer

Jardin Méditerranéen du Mas de la Serre

Run in partnership with the Biodiversarium aquarium, this fragrant hilltop garden is a fine place to get acquainted with the local flora, with exotic plants arranged around a natural amphitheatre in the hills above …
Fortress in Collioure

Fort St-Elme

Built in 1552 by Spanish king Charles V between Collioure and Port-Vendre, this hilltop fort was designed as a key piece of the coastal defence system. It houses a collection of weapons.