Last month, we hopped in our European rental car and drove from Barcelona to the little seaside village of Collioure, France...
It's just 15 miles from the Spanish border (2 hours, 20 minutes drive from Barcelona), but decidedly French.
We learned that artists such as Picasso, Matisse and their contemporaries would meet up in Collioure. Do you recognize the framed view of the church, with its lighthouse jutting out into the sea, from a painting you may have seen?
The pastel buildings and pebbled beaches give this Mediterranean village a happy feel (especially when the sun came out!). It was an extra special day when we we visited - our middle son's birthday!
Collioure has been described as being in the "shade of the Pyrenees mountains."
The birthday boy and his brothers enjoyed exploring the once-mighty castle in the background below. Just thinking back to the ledges and drop-offs make this mama's heart race! (But yes, the views were amazing.)
I hope you enjoyed this little escape to Collioure!
If you missed Part 1 - where we visited Carcassonne, you can see it here.
Hope you have a wonderful day...
Au revoir! ;)