As a gourmet connoisseur, you should make your way without delay to the spot where the Pyrenees and Mediterranean meet. Twenty-six kilometres before the Spanish border, you will find one of the most beautiful small fishing harbours in all France, and one of the finest AOC Roussillons. This is Collioure...
Collioure is a picturesque, photogenic village that looks out over a translucent sea, a village proud of its château that once hosted the court of the kings of Majorca. Here the vines also enjoy views of the Mediterranean: overlooking Collioure, the local grape varieties — Grenache noir, gris, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Syrah — are grown in a spectacular terraced amphitheatre, divided into square plots by kilometres of dry stone walls. Although 70% of the wine made here is red, the Collioure white is just one of the very pleasant surprises produced by the terroir in recent years. This is also a region of artists, inspired by the colours and perspectives. In short, Collioure is an El Dorado for gourmet connoisseurs.
Restaurant Le Cèdre: In Port-Vendres, 3 km from Collioure, the hotel restaurant looks out over the sea. The cooking is typically Catalan and no-nonsense, with traditional dishes given a modern twist. There is an excellent wine list, mostly from Roussillon, and a superb terrace overlooking the entrance to the small fishing port, shaded by a one-hundred-year-old cedar.
Le Clos Saint André: In Banyuls-sur-Mer, with one bedroom and two comfortable guest suites in a large family house adjoining the Domaine Vial Magnères cellar. Enjoy a free tour of the estate and a vertical tasting of old Banyuls vintages on request.