Day 5 New Years Eve
I found out (the night before) due to the SNCF rail strike that all TER trains from Carcassonne to Perpignan to Collioure were canceled. However SNCF during the strike always has some alternatives to get people where they need or want to go albeit at odd hours and all the info is in French, you have to dig for it and this could seem that only a seasoned traveler or a native could figure out.
So, to get from Carcassonne to Perpignan on our way to Collioure we had to catch a bus at 6 am. The concierge was not prepared for that kind of early check out (mais Je les ai explique c’etait a cause de la greve).
On foot to the Gare de Carcassonne at 6am to catch the bus we stopped at a convenience store/gas station that amazingly had fresh baked baguettes, nothing else was open. You got to love France for that kind of care given to bread sold at a gas station.
Anyhow, we manged to get the bus to Perpignan and then changed to another one operated by https://lio.laregion.fr/Transport-interurbain that stopped directly in from of our hotel the Ibis Styles Collioure Porte Vendres. The hotel is not really in Collioure but a few hundred feet from the border. They have rooms with balconies facing the Mediterranean sea. It is nice 2.9 kilometer walk to the center of Collioure that we covered in 30 minutes. All of the hotels in Collioure were sold out or very expensive on
New Years eve; many come from towns north and south to attend a big out door party with a light project show and the fireworks at midnight. This year the theme was Bollywood. https://anglophone-direct.com/event/collioure-couleurs-son-et-lumiere/.
Before attending the New Year's Eve fest we hiked to the top of Forte Saint Elm https://www.fortsaintelme.fr/en/ , it was closed until February 9 2020 and the little tourist train that Rick recommended was not running http://www.petit-train-touristique.com/collioure-port-vendres/index.html
However we still got to experience the great views facing north down toward the town and sea. It is a nice hike and we saw many on the trail. The sun was shining and the temperatures were in the mid to upper 50's perfect for hiking