The village of Collioure is about 577 miles south west of Paris, and it is easy to see how its picturesque harbor and pleasant surroundings attracted many famous artists including Matisse, Picasso and Dail. Along the Le Chemin du Fauvisme, or Fauvisme Path, you can see some of the works that were inspired by the village’s famous visitors. Established in 1994 this pathway along the Avenue Camille Pelletan travelers can take in 20 reproductions of the works of Matisse and Derain in the spots where the two artists painted the originals at the beginning of the 20th century.

Even more art can be discovered at the Museum of Modern Art in Collioure, which showcases those artists who often considered the village yet another welcoming home. The museum is home to 30 galleries with works from around the world, helping give Collioure the title of “City of Painters.” The museum was founded by Jean Peské in 1930, and it was magnificently restored throughout the 1980s, and since 1990 the museum has awards the “Germination Europe” prize to young European artists, allowing their art to be displayed in the museum for a year. The Museum of Modern Art is open from 10am until 12noon, and from 2pm until 6pm. It is closed on Tuesdays from October through May, and some French national holidays.