About This Listing
Bright, clean studio apartment suitable for two adults and two children, ideally located in quiet residence only 2 minutes walk from beach, restaurants etc. (Please note sleeping arrangements: one double clic-clac sofa-bed and 80 cm bunk beds)
Available all year, from £150 - 360 p/w
Sleeps 2 -4 (2 adults + 2 children)
A bright little studio apartment consisting of hall, living-room (with double sofa-bed) separate kitchenette, shower-room and small bunk-room, this is not an upmarket villa, but is ideal for an affordable stay in this very special place. Clean, comfortable and equipped with the essentials, what it lacks in luxury it more than makes up for in charm and convenient location in a quiet residence only 2 minutes' walk from one of the town's five beaches, and from shops and restaurants. We're up on the third floor (sorry - no lift!) with a small balcony facing seaward (lovely view of the old windmill and Dominican monastery - now winery) and although you really don't need a car here, if you arrive in one, we have that rare commodity, our own parking space!
Bus stop - 2 mins (all journeys €1), rail station - 10 mins walk. Bike & scooter hire just round the corner.
Collioure is a magic place, a favourite holiday destination where the Pyrenees spill down into the Mediterranean under the bluest skies in France. Nestling around its natural bay, and instantly recognisable by its landmark bell-tower, it was an ancient fishing port. Dominated by the 14th century royal chateau, it is now an atmospheric blend of narrow cobbled lanes, red roof-tiles and bougainvillea, bustling markets, boutiques and artists' studios, with a trail of 'Fauvist' art on the spots where they were painted by two of the town's more famous resident aficionados Matisse and Derain. (also a few by Rennie Mackintosh who lived in next-door Port Vendres) Life here is outdoors, and very friendly. Any excuse for a celebration, from local weddings to impromptu traditional dancing (the Sardane) in the square. Festivals and events are frequent all summer, and unlike the nearby beach resorts, the town stays alive out of season (New Year celebrations are legendary) We can recommend websites for general information including weather, what's on, bus timetables and panoramic live webcams.
Plenty of activities are available for all ages - sports, diving, boat trips, vineyard tours, cultural and historical sightseeing - too many to list - ask for recommendations! You can walk for miles in the hills behind the town or go further afield and explore medieval villages, monasteries perched high in the mountains, incredible Cathar castles, Perpignan, or even Barcelona (2 hours away) Excellent eating out, of course, and cafes with wifi/internet access, small supermarkets and twice-weekly market.
Minimum stay is ONE WEEK in July and August, and over Christmas/New Year.
3 NIGHTS at other times.
Weekly or monthly rates available all year.
Linen (bedsheets and personal towels) is NOT INCLUDED but can be provided on request at 12€ per person.
Unfortunately I am unable to provide breakfast - sorry!
No smoking, no pets.
No more than 4 guests.
There is no access to the locked cupboard marked 'PRIVE'
Please leave the place as clean and tidy as you found it
nous avons passé un excellent séjour à Colliour, petit paradis sur terre! L appartement est très bien, rien à redire! Et nous tenons à dire un grand merci à Nesta pour sa spontanéité et ses explications qui méritent une médaille! Tout etait parfait et l'appartement est impeccable, joli, on s'y sent comme chez nous. Très bien situé, dans un endroit très calme. A 2 min de la plage.
Nous y reviendrons l année prochaine!!
Superbe appartement dans une belle petite ville.
Mais surtout on se sent chez nous, Nesta a tout prévu et anticipé.
Merci pour tout
Un séjour merveilleux dans un endroit magnifique !
Je vous épargne le couplet sur Collioure car cet endroit est tout simplement unique...!
Je n'ai pas eu le plaisir de rencontrer Nesta, mais je la remercie de pour sa disponibilité même à distance, car nous avons réservé l'appartement que quelques heures avant notre arrivée … De plus, son appartement est tout à fait conforme à la description qu'elle en fait, lumineux, fonctionnel, très joliment décoré et surtout hyper bien situé et avec un parking ! Ce qui n'est pas une sinécure à Collioure.
A wonderful stay in a beautiful place!
I'll spare you the verse on Collioure because this place is simply marvelous ...!
I have not had the pleasure of meeting Nesta, but I thank for his availability even remotely because we booked the apartment for a few hours before our arrival ... Moreover, the apartment is entirely consistent with the description makes it bright, functional, beautifully decorated and especially perfectly located 2 minutes from the beach and with parking! This is really important in Collioure.
Go for it!
This little flat in Collioure was absolutely perfect for our family of four.
Accommodation: My four and six year olds sleep in bunk beds at home, so the their beds were perfect for our needs. The welcome folder was so well thought out with everything accounted for, after using airn&b a couple of times I wish every flat was so well organised! The washing machine is actually really great, just spin your delicates twice to shorten drying time. We brought our own linens and this worked well for us, but if you do need them it's nice to know that is an option. The kitchen is the best rental kitchen I have ever been in. Great crepe pan and all the cooking things we needed, the Sunday and Wednesday markets can not be missed, and it was great to comfortably cook everything that tempted us.
Location: Collioure is an outstanding place to visit, but the location within the town was great for us. Nearest to the most child friendly beach and nearest to the best baker in the town. (Our friends live in the old town and go to her for their bread, so a proper local endorsement!) We came via train and the walk was not bad, but a little bit wiggly so stick to your map! We never used the one euro bus, but it was great to have the times emailed to us before the trip. If we had a car the parking would have been really handy as it is pretty awful to park in Collioure. FYI the sleeper to Paris goes through Collioure and my husband needed to use it for work, so a decidedly well connected little sea side town!
All in all we had a wonderful holiday and can't wait to book again.
The place where the apartment is located is great, you are better than in the center, really close to it but in a very quiet place. The beach is really there and if you have children they have a playground next to the beach. Wonderful bakery near and there is a Carrefour with very good prices maybe five minutes from the apartment. You have a parking lot and this is very comfortable, although I recommend you not to ride very much because the town is wonderful. Nesta was very helpful, as we reserved only three or four days before. The apartment is well equipped.
Collioure is certainly a magical place and we loved every minute we had there. The apartment was in a great location, felt safe and was very easy to walk to everything. Although small the apartment was light and bright and had everything we needed. We would certainly go back!
About the Host, Nesta
Hi, I'm Nesta. There aren't very many of us and I love having an unusual name!
My husband Keith and I have well-travelled kids (and three grandchildren) and are now more free to travel a bit ourselves to go and see them.
We love seeing new places, and finding out about different people and their history and cultures. We like being out of doors whenever possible (but we also like being warm enough!) and we enjoy walking. We have been camping most of our lives but are becoming fonder these days of our creature comforts. We still like to keep life simple though, and appreciate the important things that money can't buy - human kindness, friendliness, the natural world. I find most things in life interesting - except celebrities and money - but there aren't many things that I couldn't live without (even, as I've recently discovered, chocolate!!) - except my lovely family. I am much more aware these days of the effect my lifestyle has on other people and the planet, and I try to modify it accordingly. I actively support campaigns against injustice, or harm to the environment, and I'm encouraged by today's groundswell of people power to change the world for the better.
Unfortunately I'm not likely to meet you in person if you are a guest, but I hope to get to know you anyway. Please feel free to ask us any questions.
As guests, we are considerate and unfussy and will leave your place as clean and tidy as I hope you would leave ours. Looking forward to hearing from you!