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Art and coffee in Collioure

Head to the Vermillion Coast for a splash of Catalan colour

In 1905, the artists Henri Matisse and André Dérain began painting colourful sun-baked scenes at Collioure, revolutionising art history and earning themselves the nickname of Les Fauves (the wild ones). More artists followed (including Picasso) gathering at the Café des Templiers. This wonderful spot is festooned with paintings, features a long wooden bar shaped like a fishing boat, and continues to welcome thirsty travellers. Spend time admiring the paintings and soaking up the Catalan atmosphere with a glass of red Banyuls. Enjoy!