This stunning town in the South of France is so easy to get to from Dublin

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The Southern French town of Collioure is something of an undiscovered treasure for Irish holiday goers looking for a quaint and idyllic break, without the stress of long flights as well as the extra expenses.

Just a 30 minute drive from the buzzing city hub of Perpignan, this Mediterranean town sits on the stunning back drop of the Pyraneese mountains and the coast line between France and Spain.

With a two hour direct flight from Dublin to Perpignan , it’s the simple getaway the whole family will be raving about this summer.

Check out our step by step travel guide for all the top tips of what to do, where to eat and where to stay.


How to get there:

Aer Lingus offer direct flights from Dublin to Perpignan airport. One flight a day, five days a week, starting from as little as €45 one way.

Getting from Perignan to Collioure is quick and easy, with a 30 minute taxi ride probably the best option.


Things to do:

Le Petit Traine – Hop on the train up the mountains to the historic Fort Saint Elme, where you can take part in a guided tour of the fort, learning about the deep rooted history of the area, while taking on some of the best views of Collioure.

Fort St Elme
Fort St Elme

Take the 15-20 minute walk back down the mountain (which can be quite steep) and end your journey at the door of the best wine tasting experience in the town, at La Cave à Féfé. Owned by Féfé himself and his wife, you will get to soak in the couple’s knowledge of their town just as happily as you enjoy their wine seelction from local regions.



One of the most interesting aspects of Collioure is the art. Tourists can spend hours upon hours roaming the idyllic streets, throughout which are dotted some of the masterpieces inspired by the landscapes in Matisse’s time, or visit the desk of English poet Patrick o Brian, who was buried in Collioure after his death.


Where to stay:

The boutique hotel Relais du Silence Casa Pairal Collioure, is located in the centre of the quaint town, close to the water front and all major attractions. No room is the same in this historical gem, where you can enjoy your breakfast in the sunshine in the outdoor terrace.


Check out their website here for availability.


Where to Eat:

La Frégate is located just on the sea front in the centre of the town. Friendly staff, well known by all locals, and delicious food allow you to fully immerse yourself in the French cuisine experience.


La Fregate
La Fregate

If you’re looking to splash out a bit, head to the Michelin star restaurant, La Balette, to take in the stunning five course tasting menu with the views of the mountains and ocean in the background. On a clear day, the sunset views from the window seat are second to none.

Places to See –

Hotel Restaurant les Templiers is known best for it’s incredible art displays, with over 3000 painting sprawling across their walls.


The tradition of art and is rich in Collioure, with artists such as Matisse  choosing the scenic backdrop as the inspiration for many of his paintings, developing his style while living in the French town.

For more information of travelling to Collioure, the friendly staff of the tourism board will be happy to help.




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