Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Sun-filled and sleek 1 bedroom apartment with sofabed in the centre of quaint village that retains portions of its medieval ramparts. On historic square, steps from the blue-shuttered house where Picasso rented a studio in the early 1900s. Floor to ceiling windows afford stunning views from the 3rd floor out over the orange tile rooftops of neighbours to the majestic foothills of the Pyrenees beyond, capped by a brilliant blue sky. The living-dining area is open and airy, with bright white walls where we have hung Cubist prints from the local art museum. We have a flat screen TV, wifi connection, ipod speakers, a clothes washer and dryer, and a grill on our patio. Our building has an elevator, which means we have the view but no schlepping up and down multiple flights of steps with suitcases and groceries. In the bedroom, the view from your pillow out through our French doors is like a postcard. What a way perfect way to open your eyes and start your day!
Around the corner and a short walk down a cobblestone lane past an artisan bakery lies a square where locals and visitors can choose among three restaurants offering fine French cuisine and top-notch wine, pizza and salad, or an assortment of regional specialty dishes. A fountain with nine jets graces the center. Beyond the square, the lane continues and then opens up into the main portion of the village center with cafes, a small modern art museum, and stylish clothing boutiques. Colourful festivals throughout the year add to the lively atmosphere, and the Saturday morning market offers up stalls laden with fresh fruits and vegetables as well as fine crafts. Down at the foot of the village, a walk across the 14th century Devil's bridge offers breathtaking views of the Tech River far below and of Mt. Canigou peak on the horizon.
For those who want to venture beyond the village, gorges and castles await them in other scenic villages further up the valley, or they can drive in the other direction to spend the afternoon swimming in the Mediterranean, about 30 minutes away. The border with Spain is close by too, for those who want to add extra spice to their holiday adventure.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||The nearest beaches of Argelès-sur-Mer 30 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan 25 km, Nearest railway: Perpignan 22.53 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Lift access|
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The Pyrenees-Orientales is a diverse and wonderful region of France full of history and wildlife. It was in fact only claimed by the French as late as 1659 and still has a very Spanish feel to it. Catalan is still widely spoken and the influence of the Catalan people can be felt everywhere in the region.
With its river valleys and mountain peaks it is one of the most beautiful areas in France. It is possible to ski in a mountain resort and sunbath on a Mediterranean beach in the same day. The food also has a distinct Catalan charm with simple fresh produce being used whenever possible. Much development of the local wines have gone on in recent years to the point where they are now thought to compete with the better known wine producing regions in France.
There is always something to do in the Pyrenees-Orientale, through out the spring, summer and autumn every town and village has its own festival or celebration usually accompanied by loud music and dancing. Some are rooted back in history and others celebrate the arrival of the latest fruit or crop.
Property prices have been steadily rising for a number of years but there are still some wonderful bargains to be had. It is highly recommended that you holiday in the region first before buying so you can choose if it is the cafe culture lifestyle or a get away from it all mountain retreat you are after.
Whatever your choice the Pyrenees Orientale offers it all.
Ceret has many restaurants serving local or speciality foods such as the ever popular Quattrocento (necessary to book) in La Place des Neuf Jets - a wonderfully secluded square with Ceret's famous Plane trees and fountain and where music is played by local musicians in the evenings. Ceret is fortunate to have all the parking areas free; recently they have developed a large tree-lined parking facility in addition to the smaller ones in the town centre.
Ceret lives up to its reputation as a cultural, warm and exciting town and its welcoming residents. There are pathways both to a local waterfall and to the hills and mountains.
There are several golf courses in the PO département but if they are not to your taste, pop over the border into Spain and tee off on some of the best golf courses in Europe! The Languedoc-Roussillon region has 21 courses, some of which have high-quality reception facilities, and, with the help of the CRT and the Languedoc-Roussillon Golf Course Economic Interest Group, is developing a range of golf promotion activities. For example the “Golf-Pass” allows you unrestricted access to a number of sites in the Languedoc Roussillon. Golf courses in the Pyrénées-Orientales: - Golf de Saint Cyprien. - Golf du Domaine de Falgos (Saint Laurent de Cerdans). - Golf de Font-Romeu.