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Visiting Céret

Ali Mclean

Wednesday, 04 February 2015

Céret which was once referred to as home by Picasso and Matisse is famous for its art and artists.

Located in South-West France close to the Spanish border and at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains, Céret is a quaint little town. Here you will find characterful buildings, quirky art shops and charming cafés.

Céret which is often referred to as a haven for artists was given an added artistic boost when the Museum of Modern Art opened. Artists have flocked to the area to view the many famous paintings by Picasso and Matisse. It is not only these two artists who have frequented the area, others include Chagall, Dufy and Dalí who have all visited.

Céret is also a favourite with hikers and nature lovers due to the close proximity to the Pyrenees Mountains.

The mountains which form a natural barrier between France and Spain offer some fantastic views over both countries. You will find a number of fortresses and defensive walls which were damaged and rebuilt on several occasions during the Napoleon years scattered around the local area.

Along the east coast of Céret, there are many long flat sandy beaches which combined with the Mediterranean climate makes ideal conditions for long sunny beach days.

Céret is famous for their cherry farming not because they are among the first in France to ripen but because the season's first pickings are sent to the President of France.

They also celebrate an annual cherry festival which is a weekend of music, dancing and markets, as expected there are a lot of cherry-based products.

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