From 14 to 18 August 2019, do not miss the Saint Vincent Festival in Collioure.
On the morning of August 16, 1701, the relics of the patron saint of Collioure were transported in the chapel of Saint Vincent ïlot where according to legend the saint was martyred. Since then, every year Collioure fishermen honom him with a seagoing procession. Then, the relics back to port to the cheers of the people clustered on the shore, the windows and on the roofs of houses.
This is the starting of four days of celebrations: water-based games, concerts and bands, dances, traditional Catalan sardane dances, street art and the grandiose fireworks display over the Bay of Collioure on the evening of 16 August.
Program of the Feasts of Saint Vincent
The 2019 festival begins Friday, August 14 at 18:30.
You can find the full program of the 2019 edition on the website of the Collioure Tourism Office
Collioure is a charming village of 3000 inhabitants (the “Colliourencs”) appreciated for its geographical location, its climate, its heritage (royal castle, Church “Notre-Dame des Anges”, Fort Saint-Elme) and its light that has attracted many artists (Matisse, Picasso, Derain ..).
We invite you to discover our article dedicated to Collioure
These festivities are celebrated in many countries, especially in Scandinavia, Spain, Belgium and Canada.
Feast of Saint John
Another festivity is particularly celebrated in Collioure and throughout Catalonia. This is the feast of Saint John that takes place every year on June 23rd. We invite you to discover our article dedicated to this celebration.
Every year, on the 22nd of June, the villages of Catalonia carry a small fagot of branches at the cross of the Pic du Canigou. Three mountaineers also carry the “flame of the Canigou” from the Castillet (famous monument of Perpignan). This flame is then taken down and distributed in each Catalan village. On 23 June around 10 pm, all the villages lit a pyre with this flame.