We love Collioure and were on our second visit last year, early September. We expected cool weather but were very pleasantly surprised to find wonderful warm sunny days perfect for swimming and sunbathing almost to the 15th.
On our previous visit we stayed with our adult children at the Hotel le Bon Port and felt it was OK but not exciting,)he other choices, either less interesting or much more expensive). I was ready to return there largely on the hope we could use the pool in spite of it being September but this time my wife wanted to try the Caranques and promised me I would not miss the pool.
Of course I did miss the pool but...Hotel le Caranques clings to the side of a rocky cliff and the entire experience is deeply influenced by the cliff location. The parking is all that is visible of the hotel at the top and one seems to be climbing stairs a lot so those with mobility challenges might prefer another choice.
We lugged our own bag to our rooms, service of that sort is not offered and enjoyed lunch at the bar which has a seating area with an extraordinary view out over the Mediterranean, a quality that le Caranques has in virtually every room and space.
Our room was small but adequate, clean and I would say characteristic of the rooms to be found in Collioure. It was exceptional in that we had a tiny balcony with two chairs and a small table into which we could squeeze for a glass of wine and a breath taking view.
To sunbathe or swim one climbs down past the bar through rocky terraces with perfect sunbathing areas to a small swimming area, I hesitate to call it a beach, where one navigates a small phalanx of sharp rocks before settling into the water. It turned out to be a little piece of heaven with good swimming and lovely water and in spite of the climb preferable I felt to the rather small pool at Le Bon Port.
Breakfast in the dining room was lovely with a fine view of the harbor bathed in the brilliant sunlight of morning.
As to Collioure it is simply one of our favorite French beach towns. Lots of restaurant choices, a great marketplace with hundreds of interesting stalls to explore, a fort, and a beach with restaurant service and much more. We have been twice and will definitely return both to Collioure and to Hotel le Caranques.
- Also Known As:
- Les Caranques Collioure
- Les Caranques Hotel Collioure