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Fort Saint-Elme, Collioure

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Historic Site Landmark
Fort Saint-Elme is a sturdy fortress of revolutionary architecture, designed to be effective against artillery and conventional assault. Notice that the walls are made extra thick to absorb artillery fire. Other design aspects make it difficult for troops to scale or otherwise breach the exterior. Like many French fortresses, it was designed to defend the Spanish border during the Thirty Years War. Centuries of conflict have made their mark on this fortress, including some buildings that were destroyed when the German navy occupied the area during World War II. Visit the museum to explore a full arsenal with armor, swords, shields, spears, firearms, and other artifacts, mostly from the Renaissance. Put Fort Saint-Elme at the forefront of your travel plans using our Collioure travel itinerary planner.
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  • You can wander through French wild flowers to this Fort perched high on a hill. It is surrounded by grape vineyards which were first set into place in medieval times times by the Templars. A bit of a ...  more »
  • I am from England so we have quite a few castles - seeing another castle is not always exciting. But I am pleased we went to Fort Saint-Elme as it is well presented with a decent 4 page guide in Engli...  more »
  • We enjoyed the walk up to the fort, and were thoroughly impressed by the views. The inside was interesting, however, the English information was limited. Enjoyed the Chateau de Castelnou much more.  more »
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  • Beautiful view over the area. Good for kids and enough information for adults. On the outside there is much but inside the fort there is not much to see.
  • Amazing views of Colliure, the coast and the hill. Toddlers love it, they can borrow knight costumes and soft play swords.
  • Wonderful panoramic view of the towns on both sides of the hill!
  • Review is for hike to the Fort. Absolutely breathtaking views, each better than the last as you clime the hill. Not terribly difficult, but not a paved road. Provides some of the best views available (that I found) for Collioure and the surrounding area.
  • Very nicely restored fortress with extensive and well-displayed medieval armaments, tools of combat. Good historical information posted. 360 degree views of the Mediterranean and Pyrenees from atop the fortress.