Last April my husband and I joined friends at a 2-bedroom apartment they had rented for a week in Collioure, a charming town on the watefront not far from the border with Spain. We intended to use it as a base to explore the area, which we did, going as far as Carcassonne on day trips. But we spent more time than we expected in the immediate area. The town was fun to explore, with interesting shops and galleries and wine boutiques, a very cool church and a sea wall walk out to a little chapel. The waterfront restaurants were a treat -- we didn't seem to be able to go wrong with meals. It wasn't a glitzy town, simply a charming, comfortable one that you could spend a lot of time relaxing in.