De Collioure au Château de Valmy par le sentier littoral

Heritage, sea and wonders!

Route details

Please note: The section of the path which runs along the cliff between Ouille beach and the Camping des creques de Porteils is open from 8 a.m. to 21:30 p.m. in order to respect the peace and quiet of campsite customers. Outside of these hours, please bypass the route by the track which will take you to Ouille beach from the entrance to the said campsite under the SNCF bridge. You enjoy nature, you love it, take in care…You are taking a hiking trail along which regular household waste collection points are at your disposal. Out of respect for this exceptional space used each month by several tens of thousands of hikers and walkers, we invite you to drop off all your waste (glass, paper, leftover food, etc.) and any waste that you might unfortunately discover during your walk at these collection points. Thanks to these simple actions but essential, let's keep this site clean, as nature has graciously offered it to us.
Art, Fauna, Flora, History, Coastline, Point of view


From the Tourist Office and facing the bay, head left towards the famous bell tower of the Notre-Dame des Anges Church.
Before arriving in front of the church, take the stairs on the left which take you back to rue de la Paix and rue du Mirador. At the top of the latter, turn around to see the bell tower one last time before leaving. On the way, we notice the signs for the “Chemin du fauvisme” route with the works of Matisse and Derain.
Turn left and head towards Argeles-sur-mer, taking the sidewalk on the right after the roundabout. Be careful, the hill is steep to start this hike, it's a good warm-up for the rest of the route.
When you arrive at the stadium car park, turn right and cross the car park from side to side to join the coastal path. Branch off at a right angle to the left, leaving Fort Miradoux, birthplace of the National Commando Training Center (CNEC), on your right hand side.
The path runs along the fortifications of Vauban and offers a breathtaking view as far as the Ouille cove.
At the end of the beach, take the stairs which take you to a section completely renovated in 2020 behind the Camping des “Criques de Porteils”.
Turn just after the campsite onto the coastal path to appreciate the first views of the Porteils coves while in the distance the sandy beaches of Argelès-sur-Mer can already be seen.
The coastal path begins a sudden climb before ending on a schist staircase at the entrance to the Hameau du Racou. Cross this hamlet.
At the roundabout, turn left and go to the end of the road. Go right on the D114 cycle path. Cross, go under the tunnel and then begin the climb towards Château de Valmy in the estate's vineyards.
Enjoy the panorama and the exceptional tranquility of this site before starting the return to Collioure. A few meters after the roundabout a wooden footbridge appears on the right. It invites you to continue in the shade of a forest on a hilly path which skirts the hamlet from behind, offering you pretty views amidst the vegetation. Join the coastal path via the tarmac track and continue the path taken on the way out. (The return may be more direct. In this case, it is possible to follow the SNCF track by the track rather than by the beach to the cove of Ouille).
Continue on the coastal path to Collioure.
DifficultyIntermediateDuration04hElevation-312 D- ​​/ 307 D+Distance15,1 kmMax Altitude66m
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