The Royal Castle belongs to the Departmental Council 66 . Immersed in the sea and ideally located in the city center, it is one of the little wonders of Collioure, due to its history, its beauty and its imposing appearance. It was also classified as a Historic Monument in 1922. The first fortification on this site is that of a Roman castrum .
The little extra to fully enjoy the visit is to attend a guided tour
, it immerses you in the world of the castle. Also shows and exhibitions
are regularly organized, and it hosts many events, including the Christmas Court (Christmas shops in the castle).
A superb citadel that cannot be missed with its foundations plunging into the sea, the Château de Collioure is both beautiful and imposing. It is also the centerpiece of the city's defensive system. Merchant port and stronghold unite in the walls of this monument.It was built on the site of ancient Roman constructions and developed by the Counts of Roussillon and the Kings of Aragon. Between 1276 and 1344, it hosted and served as a summer residence for the court of the Kings of Majorca. In the 17th century, Vauban erected the outer enclosure, leveled the village located in the ramparts and fitted out the glacis (current parking lot).
A little history ...
The castle has found its place above a rocky outcrop of about thirty meters, today, completely buried by construction. It is located on the site of the first Iberian city dating from the 6th century BC and testifying to the presence of a fishing port. From the 12th century, the castle will be occupied in turn by different kings from different kingdoms. The Royal Castle was a centerpiece of the city's defensive system, a commercial port and a stronghold in fact united in the walls of this castle. There will be three main phases of construction. The castle is completely rebuilt by the kings of Mallorcain the 13th century to become their summer residence. In the 14th century, the kings of Aragon reorganized the fortifications to make them a military fortification. In the 17th century, Vauban erected the outer wall, leveled the village located in the ramparts and built the glacis. In 1939, the fortress was transformed into a prison.
November to March: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (last entry 4:15 p.m.)
April, May, June, September and October: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (last entry 5.15 p.m.)
July and August: 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Closed on January 1, May 1, August 15 and 16, December 25 and 31.
Full price: € 4
Reduced price: 3 €
Half-price: € 2 (student ≥ 12 years old, senior ≥ 65 years old and group of more than 15 people)
Free for children under 12 and school groups
Guided tours :
Guided tours are offered every day at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm (no supplement).
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Note that guided tours of the Royal Castle are free for all groups of students regardless of their nationality.
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