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The Pyrénées-Orientales is one of the sunniest departments in Metropolitan France, both in summer and in winter. It lies next to the Mediterranean and has managed to preserve its living environment along with a “natural” authenticity, as have its inhabitants, who are joyfully direct but always welcoming. Canet en-Roussillon, Saint-Cyprien and Argelès-sur-Mer are a long way from the "overdeveloped" Côte d’Azur and have retained that wild colour that has made the reputation of the Catalan towns. It’s a strong identity that you’ll fall in love with the very first time you stay!
Collioure is famous for its lighthouse, its traditional port area and its long relationship with the world of painting with Matisse, Derain, Terrus, Maillol, etc. The town breathes Fauvism and wherever you look there is a mixture of the anecdotal and the truly historic, a reminder that some of the greatest moments in the history of painting took place on its beach and quays, in its streets and its restaurants. For a group of tourists, it’s such a delight to leave your suitcases in the heart of the town, at the Casa Pairal or at the Mas des Citronniers, so you can see it at its best, wander around and then head out into the rest of the department to explore its cultural heritage or its food or sports.