This 3rd floor apartment is bright and spacious with large windows and French doors on three sides, and the most fabulous views. From the kitchen you look out over the rooftops, from the living room you see Mount Canigou and from the bedrooms where you feel as though you're living in the trees, the historic Porte d'Espagne. This apartment is part of a maison de maître dating from 1840, on the Place de la Republique with views across to the historic Porte d'Espagne. Free parking is available close by (5 minutes) and most things are within a very short walk. There is direct access to a shared garden, with seating for al fresco dining.
The apartment is accessed via the garden and up a wide enclosed staircase with several landings. Entry is through the living room which has satellite tv, seating area and dining area, and a small balcony. the bedrooms, kitchen and shower room all exit off the living room. The apartment has wifi, but as it is some distance from the modem we also provide a stable ethernet connection.
The bedrooms both have Juliette balconies and French doors, one has a standard double bed and the other a small double.
Our local boulangerie specializes in fougasse, a lovely light brioche pastry with a variety of savoury and sweet toppings. The proprietor is extremely friendly and always happy to make to order. Cafés and restaurants are plentiful, and one can pass endless relaxing hours sampling the local cuisine and wine and chatting in the shade under the plane trees, or simply having fresh croissants on the balcony at home. The area is rich in art history and the Museum of Modern art is a gem. The coastline is varied, sandy and rocky with fascinating and picturesque towns, such as Collioure.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 2 bedrooms|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Nearest beach||Lake 6km Sea 30km 6 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan 25 km, Nearest railway: Perpignan|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden|
|Access||Not suitable for wheelchair users|
The wider region offers something for everybody. Swimming and hiking, fantastic food, wine tasting, history, art and culture. The region has been witness to so much important history that it's barely possible to scratch the surface. There are two important Cathar Castles, Peyrepertuse and Queribus both an easy drive from Ceret. Visiting involves a climb, but the views and the sense of history are extraordinary.
The Tet valley which leads to Andorra and skiing at Font Romeu is worth visiting. There you will find the 11th century medieval village of Villefranche de Conflent which is a Unesco world heritage site. The highlight is a climb up 1000 steps carved in tunnels in the hillside, to Fort Vauban, where the views are stunning and the history of the fort fascinating. From Villefranche one can take the little yellow train which links the mountain villages of the Tet valley.
Ceret is near the Spanish border, so there is the opportunity to drive to Spain, or take the High Speed rail link from Perpignan to Barcelona. Figueres and the world famous Dali museum are 25 minutes by car.
For visitors flying to Girona it's possible to take the Frogbus from Girona airport to Le Boulou which is close to Ceret, and a taxi or lift can be prearranged.
Ceret and the surrounding area
As well as being beautiful and fascinating historically, Ceret is a very easy place to live in. There is a fantastic Saturday market, many banks, wonderful restaurants and cafés, boutiques, supermarkets, butchers and patisseries. There are scenic walks in the hills behind the town, and along the river, where it's possible to bathe in places. The swimming lake at Sant Joan pla de Cort is a few minutes drive.
Ceret hosts many festivals and musical events over the year, from classical concerts in the church to flamenco dancing in the Place de la Republique, a wonderful spectacle from all the balconies. The cherry festival in May is my favourite, with an abundance of cherries, and singing and dancing in the streets.
The rocky coastline down to Spain is easily accessible by car, and there are many criques lining the coast where it is possible to swim almost alone, even in the height of summer.
Ceret is in the Tech valley, and a trip up the valley is a real pleasure. Prats de Mollo, one of the last towns on the bus route is a fascinating mountain town with a fort, part of which dates from the 10th century, and hosts a small history museum.
Well worth a visit especially in autumn when you see how the autumn colours change as you drive higher up the valley