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Le Fort Saint Elme, Collioure
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Le 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 Le Fort Saint Elme at the forefront of your travel plans using our Collioure travel itinerary planner.
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  • To visit. Very nice story. A wonderful view followed by a tasting of local products including the anchoïade and banyuls.
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  • Going regularly to Collioure for 20 years, the Fort St. Elmo remains a somewhat mysterious landmark, seen everywhere, from the village and the suburb! sometimes surrounded by one beautiful blue sky, other imperceptible times in the fog, his visit is part of the essential COLLIOURE and the view is breathtaking! It can be accessed by the tortuous road of the vineyards, but the small tourist Train takes you there without problem! or for the "bravest" by the great mill, we can back down by a small hiking trail, marked in yellow. Come on. THERE!
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  • After climbing a trail surrounded by vineyards and cork oaks, we reach the foot of the castle to discover a fantastic view Colliure and the Bay, ARGELES in Leucate
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  • 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.
  • The views of Collioure from up here is lovely. I drove the car up a very narrow and windy single track as it was a last minute evening thing to do.
  • Worth the walk up the hill for the incredible views
  • Disguise (sword and shield) for children (2 years and 4 years) and staff. The visit is done in 45 minutes with many Knights armor, medieval weapons. The view is superb. It's really a very nice family visit.
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  • Very nice fort well maintained! 1 h to 2 h visit. I you Council to access from the town of Collioure, on the way, a wonderful mill and superb view will reward you for your efforts. Accessible by all.
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