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The Royal Castle (Chateau Royal)

Collioure, France
04 68 82 06 43
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Ranked #3 of 9 attractions in Collioure
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites
Description: An 800-year-old château with great rampart walks, views, and mildly interesting exhibits on local history and contemporary art.
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Birmingham, Michigan
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168 reviews 168 reviews
42 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Our cruise ship dropped us off in the dreadful Port Vendres. We immediately took the tram to Collioure to visit Le Fort Saint Elme and we were so glad we did. The views from the fort are excellent and its various rooms really give a visiter a good sense of what life may have been like.

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Petaluma, California, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is one of the few historic sites close by in Colioure and it is a real treat. Dark passages, walls within walls, great views, and interesting history. It's inexpensive to go here and a must see. Make sure you find the painting of Spanish Jews leaving from the beach in town after being expelled from Spain. Very evocative and... More

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152 reviews 152 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We enjoyed this castle a lot. It was convenient to go to from the harbor area and interesting. It was pretty well preserved. Very different than the Fort Saint Elme up the hill- I recommend seeing both, if possible. Getting to Fort Elme is not as easy.

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wexford, ireland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Rented a one bedroom apartment for a week in 2007. Incredibly beautiful place. Narrow cobbled streets. some good restaurants. Art galleries everywhere. Home of Picasso and Matisse at different times. Very French - no McDonalds in sight.

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Alness, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

The 'Christmas Fair' at Chateau Royal in Collioure is the most stylish and fascinating Christmas experience I have encountered. The finest of artisan / craftsmanship / decorations / designer & couture garments / bespoke jewellery, great food, accordion music, a superlative jazz ensemble (Hot Club de Torderes - magnificent), barrel organs, Catalan folklore, all held in a superlative coastal venue... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

A very interesting and diverse building with lots to see and considerable uneven walking and climbing but the views are lovely and the many extra features make it a delight. We experienced the Dali photo exhibition when we were there. To our surprise it was free entry the Sunday we went.

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Long Beach, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

great exploring. Would really be wonderful if you had smaller kids with you. Many hidden places throughout the castle and great views of the sea. The town is also easy to explore and the water is amazingly clear.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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56 reviews 56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Visited recently on Patrimione weekend so it was free to get in, but I still would have paid! The chateau is beautifully restored and quite large. The added bonus was an exhibit by Dali in the upstairs galleries. We enjoyed the magnificent views and you can see why someone would want to build the castle there. I would go back... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
14 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

self guided. Fantastic views. Interesting history. Only 4 euro each.Worth doing. Views all over Collioure.

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Paris, France
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682 reviews 682 reviews
371 attraction reviews
299 helpful votes 299 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Having not gone inside this castle because of time limitations we were still very impressed with the size of it and the scale of the walls outside. Next time we will visit the inside

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