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We are traveling from France to Barcelona this summer and plan to stop in Collioure for 3 nights. We are traveling by train, so we will not have a car. I'd love to hear recommendations from other travelers who have been Collioure. Lodging? Day trips? Restaurants? Thanks so much!

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Many of the hotels are out of town but we stayed in the Casa Pairal right in the middle of town and close to everything. It is a Relais du Silence and has a lovely courtyard, pool, and the most amazing breakfast we have ever had. It is not inexpensive but very very nice....try to stay in one of the rooms on the courtyard....rooms are all different.. Be sure to explore all the back streets of Collioure ...some wonderful shops and restaurants....hotel close to beach and all restaurants .We had a car so drove down into Spain and up and down the coast, went to Dali's house.If you do decide to rent a car there , the hotel has parking.I do not know if the trains go to all the villages on the coast but I am sure the hotel people will be of help .Christine...I noticed that you did not have this in the french forum...but you might try posting it there so you would have more replies.

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We stayed at Numero 20 Chambres in 2013, and were very happy with it. It is in Rick's France book and was a budget choice, but large comfortable rooms. Did not have air-conditioning which did not bother me, but might be a negative for some. The hosts were excellent, and it is right in the centre of town.
We really enjoyed all our meals there, but I do particularly remember enjoying Le Tremail, which I think is also in RS book.

We absolutely loved Collioure, we just relaxed there, enjoyed the shops and town sights. We did hike up to the Fort which was worth a trip, it was very hot, so go early in the day, then enjoy a swim in the Mediterranean after.
We were there in early July, and did not find it overly busy, but I have heard later summer can be. Have a great trip!

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Thank you for the suggestions. Hotel Casa Pairal does look lovely, but may be out of our price range! Good to hear that Numero 20 chambres are nice. Any information on Hotel Princes de Catalogne?

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When we were there a few yrs back we just went for the day and we had a car. I thought a daytrip was just the right time. If u are planning for summer visit be aware the beaches are small and quite Rocky and are packed with Europeans and their families as were the restaurants. Unless u have a particular reason to stay 3 days, being there for 3 days and without a car would be too long.

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Christine, we spent two nights at Hotel Princes de Catalogne. It was far more reasonable than Casa Pairal, in a great location, and very nice. Would highly recommend it, as well as Collioure in general. Whether you spend 3 or 2 nights is up to you. We loved Collioure, and the RS-recommended restaurants were good. We didn't opt for breakfast at the hotel, but instead had a good time at the cafes right near it, with great croissants and coffee, and tables on the sidewalk.