France: Collioure

Côte Vermeille (the Vermillion Coast) run from the Spanish border to Provence, starting with a beautiful seaside fishing town of Collioure. The town is packed with attractions and people. There are two beaches here, two picture-perfect spectacular fortresses (the Royal Castle of Collioure was the residence of Mallorca kings in the 13th century), a 17th century church of Notre-Dame-des-Anges, and the town itself loaded with multicolor houses. The location is so picturesque that Matisse, Derain, and Picasso painted here, and reproductions of Matisse’s works are on display in the streets. In fact, Collioure is often called the “city if painters”.