Thursday, March 15, 2012

Heavenly Walk - Le Racou to Collioure

The kids go the canteen on Thursdays and I have a "me" day usually spent with some of my girlfriends doing what we do best, ie eating, shopping and occasionally drinking the odd glass of rosé. Today, we headed off for the most glorious walk along the coastline of the Cote Vermeille.
The walk starts at Le Racou , one of my favourite spots in the PO. It's got a real hippy feel to it, with laid back restaurants and bars, some cute little knick knack shops and the the most adorable beach shacks you have ever seen , right on the edge of the stony beach.
We drove to the most Southern end of Racou and parked up, following the pathway as it dipped and ducked though turquoise bays and picturesque coves. The walk took about an hour and a half , landing us in Collioure, " the jewel in the crown" of our department. Walking into Collioure is like walking in to a fairy tale, with its brightly coloured houses, it's stunning clock tower and the azure blues of the sea. Much nicer to visit at this time of the year as well with fewer tourists around.
After a satisfying picnic on the beach, we headed back along our way , oohing and aahing at every turn. A must do when you visit the area. As my Uncle Terence would say "It's great to be alive"
Note : this walk would not be suitable for young kids as it's quite dangerous with steep cliffs.

Private little beaches, perfect for picnics

Stunning scenery with beaches to ourselves

Very inviting but a bit early for swimming

The most photographed clock tower in the world?

The Big Blue


  1. Wow Karen ....what scenery...def on the 2 do list next time.... grey sky s in irl today ... not a chance of sun....

  2. You'd love it Sally..hopefully the weather will stay nice for your visit xx

  3. This region is so perfect. Great write up - sounds like a perfect 'me' day.

  4. Thanks Ruby. I'll let you know the next time we're doing a walk.

  5. Beautiful views there. Looks a lovely walk and so much better to do it at this time of year.

  6. Beautiful scenery, I bought a small poster of Collioure, to paint when ye brought us there a few years ago! Its still waiting to be painted. We had a lovely day there with the children, and the fun at Suzannes with Brian giving them rides in the wheelbarrow! Fabulous area and the weather looks great.ENJOY. And it is. GREAT,GREAT, be

  7. Am a sometimes resident of La Roque I was trying to explain the walk to my sister recently. My daughter found your blog which is brilliant so I forwarded it to my sister to do the explanation for me. Looking forward to doing the walk again. Keep up with the blog and the info. Best Regards sheila

    1. Thanks for your lovely comments Sheila. All the best!


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