Today we explored the coast or the Côte Vermeille where the Pyrenees meet the sea and is the last bit of the French coastline before Spain. In summer this coast is one large holiday destination but at this time of year very quiet. Our first stop was the holiday resort town of Argéles-Plage. This place was deserted except for a few hardy souls like us. We enjoyed a walk along the town’s extensive promenade which sits behind the extensive beach. We must have walked at least a couple of miles.
We then moved further along the coast to Collioure and what a surprise we had in store. We stopped just outside the small town at a designated car park and then walked down the hill into the town. The harbour area was very picturesque (one of the best we had seen in France) dominated by the 12th century Chateau Royal and the defensive belfry of the 17th century Notre-Dame-des Anges. There was a lot of people around due the Christmas holidays but it was still a very enjoyable place to explore. In fact we spent most of the afternoon their exploring the town.