Collioure Beach Town in France
Historic Beach town in southern France on the Cote de Cote-vermeille with two fortresses, a historic harbour, town beaches and great restaurants
Updated: Sep 27, 2022
This route starts in Collioure leaving the town via paved roads with viewpoints looking back towards collioure.
Following the road for a while we pick up a coastal trail towards port Vendres. Port Vendres is another historic coastal town with a marina and industrial port. The route continues through the town via the marina and leaves via a paved road towards l'anse de l'Espeluga beach passing via a trail with cannons and small forts.
Behind l'anse de l'Espeluga beach is a trail that leads upwards to a path that parallels the coastline towards Cap bear and the lighthouse. After visiting Cap bear headland the route follows a rocky trail around Les Ecueils bay and along the top of a cliff on a downwards path to the beutiful Paulilles beach and Forat beach. I recommend swiming in one of these two beaches.
The route next follows the coast to Oullastrell headland which has a fort. This location is another great viewpoint. The trail continues along the coastline along another rocky trail with ascent to Cap d'Ullastrell headland then descent down to Cap Castell de Vello headland. The path continues along the clifftop descending down to Sauna beach and cove then Elmes beach and cove.
Here the route follows a paved coastal road around Banyuls-sur-Mer to a viewpoint of this town. Once level with the main beach of this town we take a road inland towards the train station.
This is a medium-hard route along rugged natural coastline shaped by wind and rain. The route has a lot of descents and ascents in and out of the various coves, beaches and headlands. Allow 6 to 8 hours to complete the route.
If travelling via the R1 through Portbou and there is more than one hour between trains, Just outside of Portbou station are several bars and restaurants to get dinner.COVID-19 Info for Catalunya
This route involves walking along beaches and close to the shore so I put things that I want to remain dry inside waterproof bag inside my rucksack. I keep my phone inside an IPX8 case so I can take photos from the sea.
Take 2 - 3 litres of water.
Includes high visibility waterproof cover in zip compartment at bottom of rucksack. Use this cover in rain or fog so that you are more visible.
Lightweight comfortable trail shoes
Ankle spring/summer socks
Light weight cotton quick dry T-shirt
Mens trail running shorts
Lightweight convertible trousers that zip down to shorts
IPX8 waterproof case & Lanyard. It floats and is submersible. Does not reduce the quality of photos and the touch screen works when inside the case.
Waterproof shoes for coastal hikes and remote stoney beaches.
20 to 30L Waterproof bag for sea caving and coastal hikes where risk of getting wet or immersion in water
Compact lightweight microfibre towel for coastal and mountain hiking
factor 50 non-polluting sun-cream to protect the oceans, lakes and rivers.
Address: Chem. du Cap Bear, Port-Vendres, France. 66660
There are two ways of getting to Collioure and Banyuls-Ser-mer from Barcelona:
Option 1: High speed train from Barcelona-Sants to Perpignan (1h 22min) then SNCF local commuter train from Perpignan to Collioure or Banyuls-Ser-mer. (25 min)
Option 2: Slower regional R11 train from Barcelona-Sants, Barcelona-Passeig de Gracia or Barcelona-Sant Andreu Comtal via Sant Celoni, Girona, Figueres and Portbou terminating in Cerbere. (2h 37min) From Cerbere a SNCF local commuter train to Collioure or Banyuls-Ser-mer. (20 min)
See the Collioure to Banyuls-Ser-Mer Train Map in the documents section for more information.Public Transport Guide
17Km Medium-hard Linear Cote Vermeille (France) coastal hike via Port Vendres & Cap bear lighthouse along rocky exposed coastal path with beautiful beaches.
Distance: 16.93 Km
Return Travel Fare: 42.00 EUR
Transport Network: Renfe Regional / AVE & SNCF
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