Collioure, France anyone?

Oct 1st, 2010, 03:01 PM
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Collioure, France anyone?

a french friend of mine (who hasnt returned to france in years) told me that Collioure was a beautiful little town on the sea that his family visited every summer. he had such vivid and fond memories of the place that i would like to check it out. has anyone been there recently? recommend a place to stay and things to see and eat?
i can spend up to 100 uros or so a night....
thanks!
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Oct 1st, 2010, 04:03 PM
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We love to visit Collioure and I think you too will have an overall favorable impression. Any hotel within port area should work well:

Hotels and restaurants are listed here:

http://www.collioure.com/
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Oct 1st, 2010, 04:13 PM
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We did a day trip to Collioure last May. We enjoyed it. It was a little too cool for us to do the beach, but there were a few people out sunning. We walked around and saw the sights and ate lunch. It was good for a day trip.
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Oct 1st, 2010, 04:29 PM
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We spent three nights in Collioure several years ago, and used it as a base to visit the Cathar castle ruins of Peyrepertuse and Queribus. It is a beautiful little town in its own right, and I could easily spend a week there again. There are quite a few little hotels, and rooms to rent inexpensively. I've been reading up on it again recently, as we'll be in the region again for a longer period of time next year. We WILL be back
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Oct 1st, 2010, 05:55 PM
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Casa de Pairal - Collioure is lovely in off-season, not so much when inundated in high season, but still beautiful.
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Oct 1st, 2010, 06:39 PM
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second the Casa de Pairel. Collioure has been painted by many famous, first the Fauvres then
picasso and
foujita. Boramar beach has been the subject for lots of modern painters.
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Oct 2nd, 2010, 01:00 AM
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We went in early June. It was full. We didn't stop.
Every inch of it seemed to be covered in tourists, and cars, and coaches.
Tbh I didn't like the French coast at all.
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Oct 2nd, 2010, 06:27 AM
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wo thanks for the thoughts.
would mid October be considered in-season?

have any of you guys ever stayed here? http://www.les-caranques.com/uk/hlc-300.php place looks beautiful.
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Oct 2nd, 2010, 06:58 AM
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Mid-October would be out of season. High season is June, July and August and during this time it will indeed be overflowing with crowds. It likely won't be shorts and t-shirt weather in mid-October but still pleasant enough and you'll have no crowds to contend with. It is a lovely place and the kind of place I could hang around for several days doing nothing but relaxing.
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Oct 2nd, 2010, 07:35 AM
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We were there about a month ago. Didn't stay, but stopped for a while on our way to Banyuls-sur-Mer. It's a beautiful town that made us wish we'd decided to stay there rather than Banyuls (which is beautiful enough as well). It was pretty deserted in early September, so mid-October would be surely be 'way out of season.
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Oct 2nd, 2010, 07:35 AM
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Mid-October it will be lovely. In high season, it's wall-to-wall tourists and not so lovely. But go, it will be delightful at that time of year.
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Oct 2nd, 2010, 08:48 AM
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this is in this month's France Magazine

http://www.francemag.com/travel-pret...icture--235530
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Oct 2nd, 2010, 01:35 PM
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We were there in early October. The perfect time to be anywhere in France.
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Oct 2nd, 2010, 02:20 PM
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Loved Collioure and Casa Pairal.
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Oct 2nd, 2010, 03:15 PM
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The article I posted says the tourists are there through November, the weather is that good.
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Oct 2nd, 2010, 04:11 PM
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Ditto HappyTravler - loved Collioure and Casa Parail, even in the high season.

We were there in July a few years ago and still loved it, although it was definitely hard to drive into the city and find the hotel because of crowds. Still it has a wonderful atmosphere. I'm sure October will be wonderful
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Oct 2nd, 2010, 07:09 PM
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We spent a few days in Collioure at Les Caranques, but this was in 2000 so I can't offer an opinion about the present state of the hotel. What I will say is that it is in a beautiful setting with balconies just above the sea and views of the town across the water. It's about a 10 minute walk into town. There are several reviews at Trip Advisor, mostly favorable, but some noting problems with parking and a need for updating. I'd go back just for the setting.
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Oct 2nd, 2010, 07:23 PM
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Collioure is a lot more developed today than a few years ago. The outskirts of the town are now festooned with retirees' bungalows. More important, there is not that much to do: you walk along the jetty toward the lighthouse, you visit some craft-shops .... and then what?

Definitely worth a visit; may not be worth more than one night though.
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Oct 2nd, 2010, 07:28 PM
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sometimes. one just wants a peaceful night in an attractive location.
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Oct 2nd, 2010, 09:43 PM
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Yet another vote for Casa Pairal.
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