Collioure

Coordinates: 42°31′36″N 3°04′53″E / 42.5267°N 3.0814°E / 42.5267; 3.0814

Collioure (; Catalan: Cotlliure, ) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.

It lies on the Mediterranean and was a part of the ancient Roussillon province.

As the town has a strong Catalan culture, its own motto has been adopted by one of the local Catalan rugby teams (USA Perpignan, France): Sempre endavant, mai morirem (Always forward, We'll never die). Under Michel Moly's leadership, the town has an alternative motto, Collioure sera toujours Collioure (Collioure shall always be Collioure) quoting French singer Maurice Chevalier's famous song titled Paris sera toujours Paris.

Collioure is also the name of an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) situated around the town, (Collioure AOC), producing red, rosé and a few white wines. The ancient terraced vines in the hills behind the town also provide grapes for the aperitif and dessert wines of the (Banyuls) appellation, which shares its boundaries with the Collioure appellation.

The annual Saint Vincent festival is held around August 15, attracting twice the town's population in visitors for several days of celebration with music and fireworks.

Read more about Collioure:  Culture, History, Twin Towns

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Collioure AOC - Grapes and Wine
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Château Royal De Collioure - History of The Castle of Collioure - Bourbon Citadel
... In the 17th century Collioure was at stake in the wars between the Spanish Habsburgs and the French Bourbons ... In 1642, Louis XIII's troops lay siege to Collioure and the Château Royal ... In 1659, France annexed the Roussillon and Collioure and the castle passed definitively into French hands ...
Port-Vendres
... of Port-Vendres meant that it developed in a different way from the nearby port of Collioure ... Whereas Collioure has two beaches which slowly descend into a relatively shallow sandy-bottomed harbour, Port-Vendres is deeper and rockier ... Collioure and Port-Vendres have therefore been used for different purposes - Collioure for small commercial ship and Port-Vendres for larger vessels and military transports ...
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Collioure AOC
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