Since moving from tropical Queensland in Australia to the north of France, I feel as if I haven’t seen the sun let alone my own skin for weeks. Before my trip I imagined clear blue skies and picnics beneath the Eiffel Tower; unfortunately the ever approaching winter weather has offered me no such fortune.
Woollen blankets, hot chocolates and comforting stews have become a daily necessity, as has my need to escape and indulge in a winter’s respite. To frolic barefooted on white sandy beaches, to feel the sun’s gentle caress on my cheeks, to devour ice-creams and fresh seafood while listening to the ocean’s melody.
Of course there are travel destinations like The Maldives or Bora Bora but I need something closer where I can escape on a whim for the weekend. Luckily I have found the perfect location, a Catalan town known as Collioure.
Close to the border of Spain in southern France, Collioure is a Mediterranean port neighbouring the Pyrenees Mountains. Streets adorned with colourful and unique architecture, pristine waters, quaint art shops and an abundance of restaurants to indulge in the local cuisine!
EAT | One of my favourite dining experiences while visiting the region was at a small intimate Catalan Bistro, Casa Leon. Their set menu offers an assortment of fresh local seafood and wine (Casa Leon | 2 Rue Rière, Collioure).
SHOP | What better souvenir than the regional specialty, anchovies preserved in oil, vinegar and salt (Roque Anchovies | 17 rte Argelès, Collioure).
EXPLORE | Enjoy the diverse Cap Béar Hike (10.8km) filled with breath-taking coastal views, private beaches, WW2 ruins, and rolling vineyards.
Visiting Collioure is a delightful treat especially in the cooler months! Where do you escape to?