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The fort Saint Elme

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Fort Saint Elme will be closed from 10/31.
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Fort Saint Elme, the sentinel of the Côte Vermeille
A true heritage treasure , Fort Saint Elme is a monument with an 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 of Renaissance 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 panorama which 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 themed tours and activities are available to meet all expectations: Visits for the youngest, tours for adults, but also night tours such as sunrise tours or tasting tours. Some dine there while others get married. Still others will venture into the underground or onto the tower.
One thing is certain, to visit Fort Saint Elme, it is the certainty of "discovering history differently" with guides and passionate staff committed to respecting heritage and protecting nature.
Join the Museum of Modern Art, leave the building on your left, cross the Pams Park to "La Gloriette" (square construction), former Senator Pams' smokehouse, then join the Moulin de la Cortine, an oil mill whose production is sold on site. 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, in place 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. A360 ° panorama, from which one dominates the sea, the mountain and the plain, make it an exceptional place of walk. 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 by 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 for 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 picnic.
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 p.m., but the Fort Saint Elme no longer takes entry after 4 p.m. (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.
Opening hours:
From 02/09 to 03/31: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Individual tours all day
Guided tours - online reservation

From 04/01 to 09/30: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Individual tours all day
Guided tours - 11 am / 12 pm / 3 pm / 4 pm / 5 pm / 6 pm

From 01/10 to 11/11: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Individual tours all day
Guided tours - 11 a.m. / 12 p.m. / 3 p.m. / 4 p.m.

Christmas holidays: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Individual tours all day
Closed on December 24, 25, 31 and January 1, 2020
Prices :
Under 6: Free
Individual disabled: Free
6-18 years: € 3 / € 4 *
Students, RSA, unemployed: € 3
(map presentation)
Heritage Pass: 5 €
Adults: € 7

Handicapped group (from 10 people): 5 € / pers
Children and Schoolchildren 1/2 day: 5 € / child
Day: 7 € / child
Adults (from 10 people): 6 € / pers

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Route Stratégique, Bp 13


From 11/02/2020 to 31/12/2020


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