Also nearby are the fishing villages of Port Vendres and Collioure. Collioure is a pretty village with cobbled streets and a castle originally built by the Knights Templars. It is a bustling place with many restaurants and cafes, popular with tourists.
Collioure is also popular with artists and contains several museums, studios and galleries. Matisse and the fauves, Braque and Picasso also worked in Collioure. For those interested in art the Museum of Modern Art in Ceret is also nearby (about 15km) and exhibits works by Picasso, Dali, Braque, Chagall, Matisse, Miro and other famous artists. The four Dali museums across the border in Spain (Dali Theatre Museum and Dali Jewels, both in Figueres, House Salvador Dali in Portligat and Gala Dali Castle in Pubol, both of which are 40kms from Figueres) are also worth day trips for art lovers. Spend a week visiting the galleries, or bring your paints and be inspired by the light and the landscapes to have a go yourself!