Collioure Tourism, France

Collioure Tourism, France

The Land of Inspiration

Collioure is an idyllic place on the Rocky coastline surrounded by an undisturbed and protected environment. It is situated in the very south of France at a distance of approximately 26 km (15 miles) from the Spanish border. The waters of the Mediterranean meet the rocks of the Pyrenees mountain chain, sheltered by a clear and calm creek.The climate is exceptionally sunny due to the Tramontana wind from the north. This makes it an ideal place for a unique and healthy lifestyle.

Heritage of Collioure France

Heritage of Collioure

Collioure is situated between sea and mountains at the heart of the rocky coastline on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. It offers spectacular panoramas and is a unique sight defined by its long hours of sunshine and its natural surroundings. The place has come about through a clever combination of earth and sea between secluded coves, pebble beaches and ancient stones. Along with its geography, it’s history is steeped in culture and architectural heritage. Special architectural monuments like the Royal Castle or The Bell Tower, add to its special character. Medieval architecture and Renaissance masonry go hand in this Catalan town. No wonder, It has been rated among the top historical destinations of Europe.

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Places to visit in Collioure and things to do

Collioure Royal Castle Collioure France

A melting pot of natural, architectural and cultural heritages, there are several places to visit in Collioure.

1. Temple Protestant
2. Tombe D’Antonio Machado
3. Collioure Royal Castle
4. Saint Vincent Chapel
5. Batterie Taillefer
6. The Church of Notre Dam Des Anges

The Church of Notre Dam Des Anges Collioure

7. Cloitre Des Dominicains

8. Patrick O’Brian’s Grave

9. The Round Fort- The Square Fort

10. Hermitage De Consolation

11. Fortress Saint Elme

12. Fort Dugommier

13. Le More

14. Fort Miradou

15. The Dominican Convent

Outdoor activities in Collioure are characterized by hiking and outdoor sports. Hiking along the coastline to enjoy the magnificent panoramic view or aquatic excursions in flippers to explore the richness of the seabed are two of the primary activities to choose from. Boat trips and coach tours are also available.Other recreational activities include mountain biking, horse riding, climbing, kayaking and even white water rafting. Indoor activities range from casinos, discos, watching movies or reading up on your favorite literature in the library.

Gastronomy of Collioure

Gastronomy of Collioure France

As a seaside port town, it has a huge variety of seafood. Its diverse range of fish and shellfish platter serves the most ardent of food fanatics. Anchovies are a specialty of the area and is considered to be one of the tastiest dishes of the region. This place is also famous for its excellent vineyards which are the source of the town’s wine and its excellent strength of character. The place is essentially a food lover’s paradise.

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The best time to visit Collioure

Having more than 300 sunny days per year, Collioure has a fabulous climate throughout. So anytime can be a good time to visit this Catalan town.

How to reach and accommodations

Traveling options to Collioure are numerous. By train, by plane, by bus or by taxi are all viable options though moving around is the place can be best done by foot or bike. Accommodations are also of a varied range. People can choose from normal hotels, luxury hotels with awesome views, rooms and rentals to more adventurous alternatives like campsites or camping vans.

References:

Reference:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collioure

Athens, One of the top historical destinations in Europe!

Athens, Greece: One of the top historical destinations in Europe!

The Capital City of Greece, Athens

Athens, known best as the world’s oldest city, is the largest city and also the Capital of Greece is the most important places of historic importance due to the fact that the earliest human civilizations have been associated with it, dating back to the 11th to the 7th millennium B.C. The classical Athens emerged due to being the port city which connected it with the rest of the world and also due to the fact that it saw the birth of democracy in the west largely because of its political and cultural impact on the European continent and the Romans in particular.

Athens, Greece

The heritage of Athens

With the advent of human civilization in this region pretty early on, Athens showcases innumerous work of art, ancient monuments with the retains of the Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman cultures along with the fact that it homes the landmark of the early Western civilization, The Parthenon! Athens is also the place which boasts of holding the famous of the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely, the medieval Daphni Monastery and the Acropolis of Athens!

Places to visit in Athens, Greece

1. Parthenon, Acropolis:

This is located on the Acropolis on a hill which looks on Athens and is a temple built to honor the goddess Athena Parthenos, the patron of Athens! Dating back to 447 B.C., the actual attraction here is the chryselephantine made statue of Athena!

Parthenon, Acropolis Athens

2. Plaka:

Located underneath Acropolis is the Plaka district which showcases old Greek culture and is an island within the city! This place is known for authentic cuisines, cafes, ancient flora and fauna and stone walkways which all speak loud of its scenic extravagance! The various museums, boutiques and the cafes are others that this place offers.

Plaka Athens

3. Ancient Agora:

The place where all the marketing and the culture of Athens started from in the earlier days, this place is the spot where the ancient Greek democracy started from and boasts of having the Temple of Hephaistos built in the 5th century B.C. lying nearby in a grand state!

Ancient Agora

4. Erechtheum:

Another temple made of Pentellic marbles located on the Acropolis is also one of the legendary Greek masterpieces! This place is a must visit too in order to understand ancient Athena to its enormity!

Erechtheum

5. The Temple of Olympian Zeus:

The largest temple in Greece is this temple is a must visit too!

6. Syntagma Square:

Another interesting area to visit due to the change of guards in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or the fountains, ancient statues and the greasy picturesque areas for picnics, this place is important as well for holding the most important political functions and others to be held in here!

Syntagma Square

7. Others:

The other attractions include the National Archeological & New Acropolis Museum and the National Garden which one can behold. The adventure seeks can play merry at the Mount Lycaberrus, which is the highest point in Athens and hiking and climbing can be experienced over here!

Shopping options

Being the capital of Greece, shopping is a wonderful affair here. Starting from the shopping street at Ermou, Kolonkai and Glyfada one can shop with elan! Plaka, Monastiraki and Athinas, one can find souvenirs to take home along with shopping for antiques, dry fruits, fish and meat on the go!

The best time to visit

The best time to explore Athens is in the spring (March to May) and the fall time ( Oct-Nov) when the weather is great and the sun shines happily! This is also a good time to visit due to the fact that in the summers, it is scorching while the winter options cannot be ruled out totally!

Lodging and commute options

Athens is one of the overcrowded of the cities of Europe and thus the public transports like the bus service is overcrowded as well. The best way to commute is to take the local new metro along with the trams and the trolleys which are the better options here. Taxis, hiring a bike or a private car are not advisable due to the local people not abiding by the rules too often. However, Athens is well connected by airports, suburban rails and also by the water route to reach it. Hotels are innumerous here due to being the capital and also for its historical relevance where one can go for a budget one to a starred one as well.


References :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athens

http://www.in2greece.com/english/places/summer/mainland/athens.htm

Top Historical Destinations in Europe

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Check out these top historical destinations in Europe

There are a lot of people who are intrigued with history. Travelling to historical destinations is their dream and they want to explore and understand the rich culture and heritage behind these famous historical sites. If you’re a history buff yourself, then here is a list of top ten historical destinations in Europe which you must check out.

Rome:

Rome’s whole air is filled with history. It was the greatest and most powerful city and civilisation in history and even today this place is breathtaking beautiful and nostalgic. The famous Pantheon, Colosseum, Trevi fountain and Spanish steps continue to charm. Rome is a perfect potpourri of everything captivating in history. Its streets hold the air of ancient Rome, medieval times and renaissance, all at once. Read More

The-City-of-Rome

Regensburg, Germany:

Regensburg was founded almost 2,000 years ago by the Romans. This old city is very nicely preserved and its famous gothic buildings make one feel like one is in some old movie. UNESCO declared it as one of the world’s heritage site for its cathedral, stone bridge and old world charm is unparalleled. Read More
Regensburg, Germany

Stonehenge, United kingdom:

This famous wonder of the world has continued to enchant its spectators since time immemorial. Its construction first began around 3,000 B.C and it was completed in several stages. Stonehenge’s real charm lies in its aura of mystery. We still don’t know whether it was constructed as an astronomical observatory or used as a religious site.  This is one of the historical destinations in Europe. Read More

Stonehenge, United kingdom

Athens, Greece:

This famous paradise for all history lovers is named after the goddess of victory Athena. Its acropolis, Agora, Parthenon and theater of Dionysus takes one back in time. This city is brimming ruins of the famous ancient Greek civilization. Read More

Athens, Greece Prague, Czech Republic:

This city carries its history on its streets. Gorgeous gothic architecture flush with medieval charm is its highlight. The Prague castle which is Europe’s largest castle lives up to its reputation. Old town hall, Saint George’s Basilica, Prague city museum is among the many famous sites displaying Prague’s rich history.   Read More

Prague, Czech Republic

Stockholm, Sweden:

This town was founded way back in the 13th century. Its Old Town built around 1255 has kept itself intact in the leaf of history. Old buildings stand shoulder to shoulder with their modern counterparts. Skansen, which is regarded as world’s first open air museum is right here in Stockholm, proudly taking one back to the 18th and the 20th centuries. The Stockholm cathedral and the Royal Palace is a must see. Read More

Stockholm, Sweden

Milan, Italy:

Italy is a heaven for anyone who loves history and loves art. The famous Santa Maria Della Grazie church has preserved the “last supper” by Leonardo da Vinci. Apart from that La Scala opera is a famous attraction which should not be missed at any cost. Read More 

Milan, Italy

Collioure, France:

This town of France offers a perfect mix of new and old cultures. Its impressive castles tower high on each side and the famous old church Notre Dame drs Agnes has never failed to attract visitors. The old fifteenth century chateau royal holds loads of secrets in its depth. Read More  

Collioure, France

York, England:

York has a rich history and it is reflected in every corner of the city. This city famous for its largest gothic cathedral has a history that precedes even the Roman times. Its ancient cathedrals seem to tell stories of war and peace. York castle museum does a fine job of introducing people to the fairly recent history covering 400 years. Read More

York, England

Rhodes, Greece:

Greece is like a living and breathing museum and Rhodes 3,000 years old personal history just adds to the collection of the collective history of this place.  Ancient acropolis, medieval walkways and streets are just a fragment of its rich history. One can even view the site where the famous colossus supposedly stood centuries ago. Read More

Rhodes, Greece

So, grab your bags and travel to historical destinations in Europe. Get your hotels booked online here and make sure that you make your trip as memorable as you can.