small medieval market town of Céret is an absolute delight to those wishing
to taste a little Catalan life. Located in the foothills of the Pyrenees and boasting
an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, Céret is a charming gem of a
place. It has a wonderfully shady old town overhung by towering plane trees. The
streets are typically narrow and winding opening onto small squares and old trickling
fountains. It is a perfect place to sit down at one of the numerous restaurants
or umbrella-covered cafes and enjoy a cool drink and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.
the first half of the 20th century Céret was home to a huge collection
of artists including Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Dufy, Soutine, Gris and Chagall,
and was regarded as the Capital of Cubism. It has been a magnet for artists and
art buffs ever since drawn by the history and magic of the place. A must see for
all visitors is the remarkable Musée d'Art Moderne which boasts an amazing
collection from the aforementioned artists. Among the Picassos is a marvellous
series of ceramic bowls depicting bullfighting scenes and a sketch of the traditional
Céret is famed for both its cherries and their
early harvest (around mid April). The very first portion is sent to the French
president as a reminder of sweet and sunny Catalonia. The morning Saturday market
in Céret is a dazzling array of local food and crafts. There are handmade
cheeses and little jars of local honey, cured meats, fresh oysters, wines, fresh
fruits and vegetables and even live chickens. There are wonderful fabrics, pottery,
scarves and paintings and all manner of crafts. In the summer months street artists
add to the vibrant feel of the place.
is also a passionate town and vibrates with various festivals, concerts and exhibitions.
The fete de Cerise is celebrated in April/May time along with the first batch
of cherries. There is the famous Feria de Céret in July whereby the whole
town celebrates bullfights (animals are not harmed) and there is a bull run through
the town. The musical festival is also in June. La Sardane, again in July, is
one not to be missed. This is a spectacular traditional Catalan dance festival
filling the town with colour and music.
Céret has something
to offer everyone. Nature lovers and sport enthusiasts will delight in the magical
landscape of the Pyrenees. There is amongst other things canyoning, with trips
down gorges, waterfalls and canyons; walks, mountaineering; cycling; aquatic mountain
trips and hand gliding all organised in the locality.
is the real Mediterranean fed on a diet of sunshine, light and colours"
it for yourself!
Tourist Office: 1
Avenue Georges Clémenceau 66400 Céret
Tél : 04
68 87 00 53 - Fax : 04 68 87 00 56
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org