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  • Fort Saint Elme, the sentinel of the Côte Vermeille.
A true heritage treasure, Fort Saint Elme is a monument steeped in epic history. Symbol of the influence of Northern Catalonia, it is one of the region's most emblematic sites.
With walls over 25 meters high and more than 10 meters thick, the majestic fortress, built by order of Emperor Charles V, which dominates the entire Côte Vermeille ensures its safety in the face of the combined appetites of Francis I and Suleiman the Magnificent .. .
In the Arsenal Museum, visitors and history buffs alike will discover an impressive collection ofRenaissance armor, helmets, halberds, cannons, but also weapons of the Ottoman sailors who ravaged the coasts of the empire.
From the top of its terraces, Fort Saint Elme offers an exceptional panoramawhich embraces the Mediterranean from the Spanish border to Sète (approximately 150km)! Photographers and lovers of the great outdoors will spend a unique moment between sky, land and sea, far from the tumults of everyday life.
A wide choice of thematic tours and activities are available to meet all expectations: Tours for the youngest, tours for adults, but also night tours such as sunrise tours or tasting tours. Some dine there others get married. Still others will venture into the underground or climb the tower.
One thing is certain, visiting Fort Saint Elme is the certainty of "discovering history differently" with guides and passionate staff committed to respecting heritage and protecting nature.
Pedestrian access
Join the Museum of Modern Art, take the stairs, cross the Parc Pams to "La Gloriette" (square construction), former smokehouse of Senator Pams, then join the Moulin de la Cortine, an oil mill whose production is sold on site in season . Take the path behind the Mill to continue to Fort Saint-Elme. A visit is essential ...From there, possibility of joining the Hermitage of Consolation or Port Vendres.
A little history ...
In the 14th century, instead of the current fort, there was a round watchtower called the Guardia. The following century saw its name change in honor of Saint Elmo, patron saint of navigators. Charles Quint, in the 16th century, will build a first part of the fortification of the building. The following century, Vauban, the military architect of Louis XIV, reworked the fortification. The building was put up for sale in 1913.

Fort Saint Elme is a Fort built between 1538 and 1552. Its star-shaped architecture, loopholes, stunners and other traps make it an impregnable fortress. A 360 ° panorama , from which one dominates the sea, the mountain and the plain, make it an exceptional place for walking. It is now open to the public and offers various cultural activities. A historical museum traces the heroic past of this region of the Pyrenees on the Côte Vermeille.

With its 8th century tower that became the keep that a fortress built by Emperor Charles V in the 16th century to protect the capital of the Perpignan region and lock the road to Barcelona.
Place of epic clashes between Spanish and French, Fort Saint Elme is a private monument open to the public. You can go up there either on foot via the Mill, or with the Little Tourist Train or by car via Port-Vendres.
From the top of its walls you can discover all of northern Catalonia, plains and mountains as well as the infinite sea. It is an exceptional point of view.

It is a Museum-Arsenal whose important collections introduce the Art of war to the Renaissance period. The guided tour route is aimed at children, young and old alike. There are also night, dawn, underground and tower tours. In the gardens, tables are available for those who want to have a picnic.
Fort Saint-Elme is currently closed.
Closing hours and specific conditions:
- Fort Saint Elme is closed every Monday
It remains open for groups, birthdays and private events by reservation.
- The reception closes at 5 pm, but the Fort Saint Elme no longer takes entry after 4 pm (knowing that the visit lasts about 50 minutes)
- Dogs are only accepted outside (Fossés Vauban) and kept on a leash. Entrance to the museum prohibited for animals.
Normal times:
From 02/08 to 03/31: 10:30 am to 5 pm
Free visits with explanatory brochure all day
Guided tours - reservation only

From 04/01 to 09/30: 10:30 am to 7 pm
Free visits with explanatory brochure all day
Guided tours - 11 am / 3 pm / 4 pm / 5 pm

From 01/10 to 11/11: 10:30 am to 5 pm
Free visits with explanatory brochure all day
Guided tours - online reservation only

Christmas holidays: 10:30 am to 5 pm
Free visits with explanatory brochure all day

Closed on December 24, 25, 31 and January 1, 2020
Adults: € 7
Heritage Pass: € 5
Reduced price (6-18 year olds, students, RSA, job seekers): € 4
Free for children under 6 and disabled people

Disabled situation (from 10 people): 5 € / pers
Adults (from 10 people): 6 € / pers
Children and schoolchildren 1/2 day: 5 € / child
Children and schools Day: 7 € / child
Guided Tours: from April 1 to September 15, by reservation
- Discovery Tour: Museum, Terrace, Tower
- Tasting tour : Museum, Terrace, Tower, Tasting of 4 Banyuls
- Night Visit, La Totale : Museum, Terrace, Tower, Banyuls and Tapas tasting, Outdoor, Underground)

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