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Fêtes Saint Vincent, Collioure

14th August 2020 - 18th August 2020

Fêtes Saint Vincent, Collioure

Aware of the very specific conditions imposed by the Covid 19 epidemic, the Saint Vincent celebrations will take visitors back to the past…

The newly elected mayor of Collioure, Guy Llobet, confirms that numbers will be limited to under 5000 and to protect those who do chose to come, there will be no fireworks, no bodegas, no petits trains… but if you think that means no fun, think again.

The festival is going back to its roots, to the “festa major”, the traditional and popular family festival of yesteryear, with a modern twist.

The traditional parade of the relics of Saint Vincent and the procession of Catalan boats will go ahead. There will also be sardanes and coblas, traditional “jocs del fissó” (games) and a live DJ to take festival goes in to the night.

Llobet asks people to behave with common sense, respecting the geste barrières and enjoying the festivities responsibly.

Credit: Eva Hodneland

This festival was first celebrated in the year 1701, on the day when the relics of St. Vincent, the patron saint of Collioure, were returned to the village. Numerous festive events have been preserved including, for example, games and competitions on the water, such as the ‘ronde du clocher’ (swimming around the port and bay) and various nautical games.

Demonstrations of Catalan fishing boats, dances for everyone, street parades, concerts and live concerts and music. The Catalan Procession on the Sea is a highlight of the celebrations and the streets are filled with bodegas, music, dancing and all manner of entertainment as well as a grand firework display.

And the best thing of all for those of us who are anti corrida……is that  the Collioure corrida is no more! Enjoy the festivities. No bulls will be slaughtered nearby.

Contact the Office de Tourisme for more info

Tel: 04 68 82 15 47
Email: contact@collioure.com