Friday, August 14, 2015

2015 Road Trip - France - Part 2

The Mistral was in full force during our drive down to Collioure. We made good progress driving along the coastal route and nearby the estuary at Saint Nazaire, stopping off en route for lunch at Argeles-sur-Mer. We arrived late afternoon and set about finding a campsite. Our first choice was disappointing on further inspection so we checked out the municipal site and a pricey but beautiful site with commanding views of the Med on one side and of vineyards on the opposite side. We opted for two nights at the 5* Les Criques de Porteils. The location was perfect. We got to choose our own pitch which was sheltered for the most part from the winds and had a view of the vines. 

Once settled we took the coastal path walk into Collioure, which took around 30 minutes and involved some climbing but with breath taking views of the sea and coastline.

We wandered around the town for an hour or so but because it was already getting late we decided to head back and explore more the following day. 

After a good nights sleep we woke to a lovely sunny and warm day if a tad breezy! We decided to take a drive along the Cote de Vermeillon known for it's beauty. We were not disappointed. The drive and the views were some of the best we have seen in France and the winding roads were relatively quiet so we could stop regularly for photo opportunities! 

We made it to the last town before the Spanish border before returning via the same route. It really was quite special. 

We stopped at Collioure town which was bustling but not overly busy and we enjoyed an ice cream and some people watching as we wandered around the very pretty town. The place certainly lived up to all the hype and we were so pleased we had made the trip.

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