Great Sites Occitanie? These are 40 major tourist sites, the essentials of the Occitania / South of France destination. They allow you to experience the best of our region, its history, its great landscapes.
At the meeting point between the last foothills of the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, the Côte Vermeille stretches fromArgelès-sur-Mer (Racou) in Cerbère and delivers a superb diversity of landscapes.
Collioure, Port-Vendres, Banyuls-sur-Mer, the port cities, which have become high places of modern art, are scattered along the coast in the heart of a preserved natural environment, with a unique light.
Always coveted for its dominant position facing the sea, the territory tells its story through its two-thousand-year-old vineyard, its churches and strongholds from the Middle Ages, its abundant military heritage.
“Colliure in the Côte Vermeille, great Occitanie Site” is one of them, alongside prestigious sites such as Rocamadour or the Pont du Gard. It rests on an emblematic heart grouping Collioure, Port-Vendres, Banyuls-sur-Mer and an area of influence corresponding to the perimeter of the Albères-Côte Vermeille-Illibéris community of municipalities, around four major themes:
- The medieval heritage, witness to the history of this territory;
- the passageway and a border area with a stratification of several hundred years of fortifications;
- a place that revolutionized XNUMXth century world painting as well as sculpture;
- a living and evolving cultural, economic and social landscape whose traditions remain very present.
These four major themes for the territory are linked to other Great Occitanie Sites, such as the medieval period with the kingdom of Majorca in Perpignan ; the notion of border, territory of passage through, for example, military fortifications; the landscape and local know-how, in particular from the famous wine-growing hillsides of the Côte Vermeille.
Find these themes covered during our guided tours and open your eyes during your walks. You will then find that " Collioure in the Vermilion Coast deserves its name “Grand Site Occitanie Sud de France”.