Céret, Art... and Cherries
A Catalan town
If you are in the Vallespir region, a detour through the charming little town of Céret is a must!
This Catalan town is characterised by its centuries-old plane trees, it is know as the national capital of cherry-growing agriculture, and has an internationally renowned Museum of Modern Art (closing for works in 2021). Discover a universe of music with the MúSIC museum, and lots annual events. Céret never ceases to amaze its many visitors.
Why not tart by strolling around the heart of the old town, along its long cobblestone streets past the typical village houses. Discover the vestiges of ramparts dating from the 13th century, and the city gates - the Gate of France and the Gate of Spain.
If you have the nerve, why not cross the legendary "Devil's Bridge," said to have been built by the devil himself in 1321, in a single night!
Céret is also a fabulous journey to the heart of the world's music and cultures. Don't miss the MúSIC museum, a playground for young and old alike, where you'll be impressed by a marvellous collection of traditional musical instruments from around the world, and can learn about their history through interactive games, videos and a few surprises! Visit www.music-ceret.com for more information.
As you can no doubt imagine, Céret is a real cultural hub. It inspired many artists of the Modern era, including Chagall, Duffy, Maillol, Picasso, Matisse and others.
From the more contemporary period, artists such as Armand, Tapiès, Viallat, and others are displayed at at the Museum of Modern Art, an internationally recognized gallery. (museum is closed for works in2021).
For more information about the Museum's exhibitions, please visit www.musee-ceret.com
If you're in the festive mood for summer, Céret proposes concerts, "coblas" and "sardanes," the "Fête de la Cerise" (cherry festival) with its prestigious cherry pit spitting competition and the famous Féria where you can dance all night, not to mention the bullfights.
Céret has one of the largest markets in the area. Varied and colourful, you can stroll around the craft stalls and taste some delicious local produce. It takes place every Saturday morning, all year round.