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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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  • It is a castle which from its Summit you can see splendid views of COLLIOURE to be in the center of the city this is divided into two parts to which more beautiful and above all if you go at this time and weather in the evening don't miss strolling by beside the wall of the Castle overlooking the sea is very relax more if you'll like me with your beloved well abrazaditos
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  • Very nice perfectly restored historic site, guides very professional, very much the summer to return to enjoy the terrace and the view.
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  • Nice visit this fort (private property). It is furnished which is rare and offers a good documentation. Very nice view on the Vermeille coast.
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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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