Fort Saint-Elme, Collioure

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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. Take a look at our Collioure road trip site to schedule your visit to Fort Saint-Elme and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • It’s a very long uphill walk from the gardens of the modern art museum on very rough grounds. So if your unfit or have mobility problems you need to take the road route . Once up there the views are.....  more
    It’s a very long uphill walk from the gardens of the modern art museum on very rough grounds. So if your unfit or have mobility problems you need to take the road route . Once up there the views are.....  more »
  • We saw this Fort above our apartment every day and just had to walk uphill on a safe path to see inside. Surprised to see a road on the other side right up to the door! But we enjoyed the walk. Lots....  more
    We saw this Fort above our apartment every day and just had to walk uphill on a safe path to see inside. Surprised to see a road on the other side right up to the door! But we enjoyed the walk. Lots....  more »
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  • Tricky ride up to the fort but once there breathtaking b Views across the bay. Entrrence to the castle was £8 per adult an well worth the visit. An excellent example of a fort built in the age of gunpowder
  • After staring up at the Fort from all over town, we decided to hike up in the afternoon. Took us about 40 minutes, and we got to pass by the Windmill. The fortress itself is not as large/impressive as the one in the port - but it is very different and interesting. There is an extensive museum on the top floor, and make sure to go up to the roof - there is centuries old graffiti (even of the windmill) and amazing views of the entire region.

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