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Top Choice Tapas in Collioure

Chez Paco

Chez Paco is a snazzy tapas bar tucked in a backstreet away from the madding crowd along the seafront. The tapas (cheese, meat, fish and charcuterie) are varied and tasty, the service excellent and the vibes super-c…
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…
Gastronomy in Collioure

Le Neptune

It’s a toss-up whether the setting or the food steals the show here. Overlooking Collioure’s brilliant blue bay and red rooftops, the panoramic seaside terrace (covered and heated in winter) is an absolute stunner, …
Fusion in Collioure

La 5ème Péché

Japan meets France at this creative fusion restaurant hidden away in the old quarter. Chef Masashi Iijima prepares seasonally changing specials using exquisite market-sourced produce. Expect anything from fresh fish…
Mediterranean in Banyuls-sur-Mer

La Littorine

Bang on the beach, with a sun-drenched glass-enclosed terrace, the pick of Banyuls' restaurants stocks over 200 Languedoc-Roussillon wines to complement flavour-packed Mediterranean dishes. Above the restaurant, Hôt…
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…
Seafood in Collioure

Casa Leon

Lost in the tangled old quarter, this simple Catalan bistro relies on the quality of its ingredients: bream tartare, cod with mussels and oysters, or king scallops in creamy sauces, along with Collioure’s celebrated…
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.