It takes an artistic family like Carole’s to transform an old anchovy factory into such sweet, colourful seaside apartments. True, the location boosts their appeal tremendously: a quiet street in buzzing Collioure, famed for its fishing port, Royal Château and winding lanes lined with artists’ studios – a Fauvist legacy. The apartments stand out with their Moorish blue, terracotta and yellow walls, each with a flower-filled terrace where you can laze on loungers and soak up the sun. Inside is modern and bright: yellow walls, bold blue tiles, terracotta floors, mint-green shutters and funky furniture (great for families). Bedrooms continue the theme of colourful simplicity, with sunny shades of olive, lemon or orange, and fabric hanging space for a light, airy feel. You can whip up a meal in well-equipped kitchens and eat under the parasol in sea air tinged with citrus smells; greenery leaps joyfully up the walls. This is a place for outdoor living and summer fun: Catalan festivals, Mediterranean beaches, ancient vineyards in the hills that hug the town. Follow the coast 20 miles and you’ll hit Perpignan one way, Spain the other.