"Art in a mediaeval mountain village." Céret by ranger49

Céret Travel Guide: 24 reviews and 144 photos

Céret in Spring

On our first visit to Céret a cold March wind blew strongly through the bare, pollarded plane trees that line the central street -boulevard Maréchal Joffre. On this return visit on a sunny April day the trees were in leaf, the sun was shining through the leaves dappling everything with glints of sunshine.
It was not difficult to understand what it was about the light and ambience of this mediaeval Catalan town that attracted so many artists.

Art - and not only in the Museum ...

We glimpsed this artist's Patio as we strolled around the remains of the mediaeval walls of the town and down the narrow cobbled streets.
I found it quite hard to imagine what it would be like to live here. It seems, on one hand to be remote and different but at the same time very much a part of the 20th Century.
Judging from the windows of Estate Agencies it seems many English speaking in-comers are buying property there.

A little history

The Catalan influence of the region can be felt strongly in this lovely mountain town where the language is still used - and fiestas with bulls take place in summer months - not events I would want to be there for.

Céret developed when the Kings of Majorca ruled the land - you can see their castles in nearby Collioure and Perpignan.

Town walls with great gates were built as defences with substantial remains still to be seen to day.
The two Gateways into Céret , la porte de France faced north towards France, the other, la Porte d'Espagne, to the South and Spain.

Ceret was besieged many times in the following centuries and the walls were rebuilt several times before suffering their greatest damage under Napoléon.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Picturesque, lots of art and history, very compact.
  • Cons:I have been told it gets very crowded in summer.
  • Last visit to Céret: Apr 2008
  • Intro Updated May 1, 2009
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    Lovely town. Great gift shop, and what a fabulous tourist information centre, really enjoyed reading about Ceret!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Fine photos of this attractive town where Picasso, Dali, Braque, Matisse, Chagall and others used to live and work. It’s good that some of them donated some of their works to the museum in Céret to help it get started.

  • pfsmalo's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Hi Barbara, if it's any consolation it was still closed in May!!!!!Just to add the place is still closed in April 2011, perhaps for ever ????

  • Beausoleil's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    You were so fortunate to see a Chagall exhibit at Ceret. We landed during a Soutine exhibit and I find his work depressing. We'll try again this summer. The town is lovely.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Great restaurant tip, love that little memorial. The museums look wonderful. Thank you for sharing!

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2009 at 3:56 AM

    Yet another learning experience for me- I had no idea that Chagall was Russian-born. That restuarant Les Feuillants is a magnificent building.. And pic of snow-caps is beautiful.Thanks for the tour.

  • johngayton's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Hi! A very nice little page about what looks like a very nice little town. Cheers, John.

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