VISIT COLLIOURE, BANYUIS-SUR-MER, ELNE. THE ARTISTS PARADISE.

Paradise where sun, meets nature, and erupts colour for Dali, Maillol, Picasso, Derain, Braque!


BANYULS-SUR-MER

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Banyuls-sur-Mer in all its glory - night and day.

banyuls, roussillon

Taking the Auto Route from Narbonne, as soon as one crosses over the edge of the Corbieres, and one reaches the broad valley where Perpignan sits,- the air heats up, clear, bright, colourful - the energies of Roussillon.

One of my favourite ports of call is Banyuls-sur-mer, known for its deep deep reds, the Maillol home and museum, and an underwater footpath. There are quite few places to stay and its lovely to walk along the front as the sun goes down or up!

ELNE

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The cloister at the Cathedral in all its Catalonian Romanesque splendour in Elne.

Elne, has a surprise in store for you, if you have not visited before. What seems to be not so interesting town turns out to be a gem with a lovely cloister in the church - not to be missed at all!

At the turn of the century, artists came here, including Matisse and Dali. There is a good local art museum, as well as all encompassing views of the coastline, close to the Cathedral

COLLIOURE

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The church and pier in Collioure - a perfect place to dine, and wine, and dream!!

Collioure, has mesmerized many, and in July and August it positively steams with tourists - but even then there are places to discover away from the hurly burly.

Visit the visual haunts of Matisse, Derain, Picasso, and Braque who made the village their own.

Enjoy visiting the church - Notre Dame des Anges, with its superb altar, which at one time did double duty as a lighthouse.

Visit mid august for the Fete de St Vincent - if you love fireworks - this is the time to visit!

Photo feature (July 22 2007)

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