Duilhac-Sous-Peyrepertuse provided us with a dramatic and refreshingly free overnight stop before heading the short distance to the next aire at Port Vendres so that we could visit the town Collioure a short distance along the coast. The aire here is quiet and the fee of €4.90 collected by the Police Municpal at 8:30am.
We piled into the Adria to make the short 4 mile drive along the coast and the added advantage of being able to squeeze pretty much anywhere a car can came into its own in the narrow car park inside the maze of rooms within the Castle was a Christmas Market which was pulled off in an incredibly modern fashion with all kinds of foods, wines and upmarket crafts which made a refreshing change from the usual Christmas market 'tat'.
We were inundated with samples of the local produce and even purchased some olive and sundried tomato pate!
Outside of the castle and courtyard the town itself was sleepy but felt measurably warmer than the days we had spent further inland and certainly not like any December I can remember back home in blighty!