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Colliure to Banyuls-sur-Mer Coastal Hike

17Km meduim Côte Vermeille coastal hike in Southern France via the town of Port Vendres and the Cap bear lighthouse interspersed with beautiful beaches

Updated: Jul 20, 2023 by: Barcelona Travel Hacks Views: 1.1k

About Collioure to Banyuls-sur-Mer Coastal Hike

This linear 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, 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 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.

Visiting Collioure to Banyuls-sur-Mer Coastal Hike

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.

What to take with you for Collioure to Banyuls-sur-Mer Coastal Hike

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.

Small 30L Hiking Rucksack

Small 30L Hiking Rucksack

Includes high visibility fog and rain waterproof cover in zip compartment at bottom of rucksack.

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Trail shoes

Trail shoes

Lightweight comfortable trail shoes

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Summer socks

Summer socks

Ankle spring/summer socks

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Mid layer Top

Mid layer Top

Light weight cotton quick dry T-shirt

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Running shorts

Running shorts

Mens trail running shorts

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Convertible Trousers

Convertible Trousers

Lightweight convertible trousers that zip down to shorts

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Phone Case for watersports

Phone Case for watersports

IPX8 waterproof floating and submersible case & Lanyard. Permits photos and touchscreen use.

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Wet shoes

Wet shoes

Waterproof shoes for coastal hikes and remote stoney beaches.

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Waterproof bag

Waterproof bag

20 to 30L Waterproof bag for sea caving and coastal hikes where risk of getting wet or immersion in water

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Lightweight Towel

Lightweight Towel

Compact lightweight microfibre towel for coastal and mountain hiking

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High Factor Sun Cream

High Factor Sun Cream

factor 50 non-polluting sun-cream to protect the oceans, lakes and rivers.

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Summary of Prices

Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Adult € 42.00 € 0.00 Child € 42.00 € 0.00 Notes Train Fare starts from 42 Euros, Hike is Free

Getting to Collioure to Banyuls-sur-Mer Coastal Hike

Address: Chem. du Cap Bear, Port-Vendres, France. 66660

There are two ways of getting to Collioure from Barcelona by train:

  1. Barcelona-Sants to Perpignan (1h 22min) then SNCF local commuter train from Perpignan to Collioure. (20 min)
  2. Slower Regional R11 train from Barcelona-Sants to Cerbère (France), passing via Barcelona-Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona-Sant Andreu Comtal, Sant Celoni, Girona, Figueres and Portbou terminating in Cerbère. (2h 37min) From Cerbère a SNCF local commuter train to Collioure. (15 min)

See the Collioure to Banyuls-Ser-Mer Train Map in the documents section for more information.

If visiting Collioure by car, Free parking can be found at Collioure train station, Parking de la Gare, and pay parking, Parking Le Glacis in the centre of town. This is a linear route so you will have to use the train to get back to Collioure.

Documents for Collioure to Banyuls-sur-Mer Coastal Hike

Click on any one of the 3 PDFs to view in full screen and download.

\'PortBou

PortBou & Cerbére Regional Train Map

Author: www.renfe.com

\'SNCF

SNCF Train Map for France

Author: www.sncf.com

\'Collioure

Collioure to Banyuls-Ser-Mer Train Map

Author: Barcelona Travel Hacks

Wikiloc Trail for Collioure to Banyuls-sur-Mer Coastal Hike

a0279 - Colliure to Banyuls-sur-Mer Coastal Hike

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

Difficulty: Moderate

Return Travel Fare: 42.00 EUR

Transport Network: Renfe Regional / AVE & SNCF

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