The path of wonders: an exploration between Collioure and Cadaqués, from the Vermeille coast to the Costa Brava

The Jewels of the Côte Vermeille

Start your trip in Collioure, a small village that seems straight out of a postcard. This ancient fishing village is famous for its bright light and vibrant colors, which have inspired many artists such as Matisse and Derain. Stroll along its narrow streets, discover colorful facades, and let yourself be charmed by the small arts and crafts shops.

Don’t miss visiting the royal castle and the Notre-Dame-des-Anges church, architectural gems with a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean. The local market, vibrant and colorful, offers the opportunity to taste Catalan specialties, including the famous anchovies.

Between Earth and sea

By walking the coastal path, you will discover a striking nature that oscillates between sea and mountains. The terraced vineyards compete for space with secret coves accessible only on foot or by boat. It is the ideal place for a relaxing break or a picnic with the intense blue of the Mediterranean as a backdrop.

Hiking enthusiasts will be delighted by the numerous trails which offer spectacular panoramas of the rocky coast and the sea. The Madeloc tower, a former lookout post, offers a 360-degree view of the region and is accessible after an invigorating walk.

The Crossing of Flavors

In Collioure, the cuisine is a clever mix of Catalan traditions and modern touches. At the restaurant “Le 5e Péché”, chef Masashi Iijima offers an innovative fusion between local products and Japanese techniques. Try the surprising but delicious combination of Roussillon lamb with sake or yuzu.

Wine is also in the spotlight with the Collioure and Banyuls appellations, whose vineyards plunge directly into the sea. A tasting in the local cellars is an essential step to understand and appreciate the richness of the Côte Vermeille terroirs.

Artistic influence

The unique light of the coast has attracted and inspired renowned artists. In Port-Vendres, discover the work of Max Rovira and his daughter Pitu, who use bright colors to capture the energy and emotion of the sea and the mountains. Their pop-art and art brut works are visible in a former grain store transformed into a workshop.

The road continues towards Banyuls-sur-Mer, where you can visit the museum dedicated to Aristide Maillol, local sculptor and artist. His works are imbued with calm and serenity, like the landscapes that surrounded him.

Heading for the Costa Brava

Cross the border into Spain and discover the Costa Brava. Cadaqués, another pearl of the coast, awaits you with its white houses and blue pebbles. It is here that Salvador Dalí found his haven of peace. A visit to his house museum in Portlligat offers a fascinating insight into his artistic and personal world.

Further south, Cap de Creus offers lunar landscapes that contrast with the emerald blue of the sea. The lighthouse, lost in the middle of rocks sculpted by the wind and waves, is the perfect spot to conclude this journey between nature and art. and gastronomy.