The sentry of the Vermeille Coast. From the top of the high walls of the Saint Elme fortress discover the coast from Collioure all the way to Sète, but also the Canigou, as well as the Albères and Corbières montain chains. Relive five centuries of battle between France and Spain by visiting its Arsenal Museum.
Originally a watchtower with an impressive fortress later built around it in 1538 by the emperor Charles Quint. This building is the oeuvre of the Italian architect Benedetto de Ravenne and is revolutionary due to its star-like shape, its height, the width and incline of its walls, its undetectable interior defense systems. Rearranged by Vauban in 1680, the structure was besieged in May 1794 during the Revolution. The fortress resisted being shot by over 11 000 canonballs.
The Saint-Elme Fort is a private historic monument, that to this day is inhabited. It homes the Arsenal Museum and presents a collection of weapons from the Renaissance and the Middle Ages. Outside, the moat has been converted into a garden of tropical plants. Shows and events (receptions, marriages, parties, birthdays,...) take place throughout the year.
The Saint-Elme fort is a magical place floating between the sea and the sky, the wind and the sun.
• Du 1er avril au 30 septembre : tous les jours de 10h30 à 19h. Visite guidée (musée + terrasse) à 11h, 15h, 16h et 17h.
• Du 7 février au 31 mars et du 1er octobre au 12 novembre : tous les jours de 10h30 à 17h.
• Adultes: 7€.
• Pass Patrimoine: 6€.
• 6 à 18 ans, scolaires et étudiants: 4€.
• RSA, demandeur d'emploi: 4€.
• Handicapé individuel: gratuit.
• Moins de 6 ans: gratuit.
• Visite découverte 8€/personne (musée + terrasse + tour) : 12h, 15h, 16h et 17h.