Great Saturday market
The Saturday morning market is a great spectacle.
great atmoshere under the huge Plane trees.............lots of good local food
Sit in a cafe and watch the people go by.
Just make sure you put cotton wool in your ears to drown out the ghastly Pan pipes
from the resident Aztec type 4 peice band........who could easily ruin the visual feasts on hand.
Ceret is a lovely place dont miss it .
L'Hermitage de San Ferreol.
Dominating Ceret and the Tech valley high on a hillside and roughly 4.5 kms from Ceret stands the old hermitage of San Ferreol. First built in the 13th century, the chapel was rebuilt in the 1600's. Looks as if it has been renovated since in 2004, going by the date on the sundial. Now only open on Sundays for visits, there is a pilgrimage in September. Check at the T.O. in Ceret for exact date. Details of the office below.
Even when not open there is plenty of space to come up here for a picnic, or a moments solitude.
Look for woofer farms around the area
If you want a different kind of experience in a very pretty place, you don't have to look far. The area is very agricultural with lots of farms and markets and many have their doors open to students or volunteers who want a different kind of life for their school vacations. Farm stays allow you to learn a lot about farming (most of the time organic farming), meet people from all over europe (in my case I'm from the Philippines, and it was the first tiem for a lot i've met to meet a Filipina), and have the freshest garden fruits and veggies, rough it up, live in teepees or caravans, and have the fete all night long!
Around the ancient walls of the town.
The town is expanding and new developments just outside the "old town" are springing up rapidly.
It is worth taking your time to wander around the maze of streets within what remains of the city walls.
We came across the old Church just as a funeral was about to begin.
It was very moving to observe the way friends, neighbours and villagers just turned up as the bell tolled to attend the service and pay their respects to the departed. No fuss , no dressing up just respect and friendship.
Art in a mediaeval mountain village.
"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.