We do bang on a bit about Ceret. But let’s face it, it’s one of the most gorgeous towns in this part of France, nestling in the Albere hills in that area close to the Spanish border which takes enormous pride in its Catalan identity.
Yes, it can get a bit busy on market days, but get there early enough and there’s plenty of space to park, even during the famous cherry fiesta in the Spring. As we mentioned before when writing about La Chataigneraie, you can stock up on local produce, cheese, vegetables, fruit and honey. And there’s plenty of discount shopping to be had if you’re looking for bargains whether its clothes, toys or books.
The tree-lined boulevards and cafes offer respite from the Sun in the summer months. But when it comes to seeking a cool break, we recommend the museum of modern art. As well as permanent exhibitions from Duffy and Picasso, there’s always an esoteric collection, typically from a local artist.