This lovely apartment is situated in a wide-built 19th C 'maison de maitre' (lawyer's house) shaded by towering plane trees within the heart of this sunny southern town with its narrow lanes and pretty squares. Great care has been given to make sure that it is well provided, comfortable and attractive. And, although so central, the house is situated in a quiet area but only a few moments away from good bakeries, small shops, cafes, restaurants and bars - some open till the small hours. Saturday mornings sees the bustle of the colourful local market in the streets just outside the door. Stunning country walks just a couple of minutes away and a local lake for swimming a few minutes by car, with the sandy beaches of the Med about a half hour further. Find out more about the town, please see the Ceret Tourist Information website: most helpful and well illustrated.
CERET DIARY : Musee d'art moderne permanant collection plus annual exhibition * Every Saturday morning local market in centre of town * end June to end August Tuesday evening market * Cherry Festival date 1st weekend June * Dog Show * Music weekend * Ceret de Toros Feria (one big party with fireworks, lots of music, bodegas with street food, bull fights and running of bulls through streets - fun, but noisy!) neares weekend to 14 July * towards end of July Festival de Sardanes (wonderful local dancing contest) * July and August music in Catalonia Festival * July & August: most Wednesday evenings locals really do dance the Sardane in the streets * Town picnics up high on the hill at Fontfrede * Mid-September Ronde Ceret (Ceret fun run/half marathon with many serious runners alongside locals) * Local autumn classical music festival date TBC.
SPAIN: The Spanish border is about 15 minutes motorway drive from Ceret and just over it lies the border town of La Jonquera - the spot where truck drivers stop to have amazing lunches for next to nothing (and its the place to stock up on food at Spanish prices!). Between there and Barcelona (about 2 hours away) stretches the Costa Brava, with many charming small bays, as well as the larger well known (and less attractive!) resorts. Particularly of note is Dali's home in the fishing village of Cadeques, and Empuries with its Greek and Roman archaeological sites and the prettiest little beaches imaginable. Inland, Girona is a lovely town with a beautiful old quarter and good shopping. Besalu is a stunning medieval jewel of a town with an amzing bridge spanning a ravine. Figueres has the fantastic Dali museum. Plus so much more!
Walking: The tourist office offers leaflets for many local walks. Or there are wonderful guided walks all year round organised by an experienced, charming and informative local guide will take you to places you may never get to on your own - into the mountains, by the sea or over the border into Spain. Some are half-day, and are graded from easy to 'sportif'. There are also full day walks, and even one to see the sun rise from the top of Canigou (local mountain). The weather is usually fabulous for walking through autumn, winter and spring, and, in summer, the heat is avoided by walking high in the mountains.