Vallespir SkyRace

26th May – 27th May

As part of the Festival de la Montagne, Amélie-Les-Bains Palalda Montalba is once again hosting the Vallespir Skyrace.

This weekend is an invitation for runners and walkers, amateurs, professionals, fan and superfans, en famille, with friends….. to meet up in Amélie and celebrate the mountain, with a series of different levels of races, runs, and wanderings.

CHECK OUT THE DIFFERENT EVENTS HERE

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Visit to Port Vendres of the Hermione

Hermione

20th April to 22nd April

The replica French War Ship “Hermione” will sail into Port Vendres on the 20th April 2018 in a rare presentation for the public.

The historic ship measures 80m long and a little over 10m wide. She can host a crew of more than 90 mariners. Equipped with 26 canons, the original vessel was in service from 1779 to 1793 as part of the Concorde fleet constructed in 1777 by Rochefort.

She famously carried the Marquis de La Fayette to America in 1780, where he joined George Washington in their fight for independence.

The ship will be docked in Port Vendres from 20th to 22nd April open to the public from 2pm to 5.30pm on Friday, 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4.30pm on Sunday, when the boat will retake the high seas.

5€ for adults, 2€ for children, free for under 6s

Office de Tourisme Port Vendres
1 Quai François Joly
66660 Port-Vendres
04 68 82 07 54
www.port-vendres.com/

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L’ermitage de Saint Ferreol​

Ermitage de St Ferreol

The hermitage of St Ferréol is located 5kms north-east of Céret , on the left bank of Tech. It is 300m above sea level, on a rocky plan accessible from the North essentially.

Perched on a hilltop in the shadows of Pic Canigou, the hermitage is worth the effort to climb. The walk up is not arduous and it is possible to reach it by car. Ceret is visible below and Canigou into the distance. It is definitely worth walking beyond and above where the views back to St. Ferreol and the Alberes with the auto route passing into Spain beyond are dramatic.

The hermitage Sant Ferréol is a place of worship of Céret, in the Vallespir. Built for the relics conservation needs of this Saint, it has been expanded over time to form the complete ensemble that can be seen today. It is both a place of worship and a place of pleasure, ceretans come regularly here to enjoy the good air, calm and sight.

The hermitage consists of a chapel dating from the XIII th century was rebuilt in the XVIII th, the building adjoining the chapel used as a dwelling for the hermit and large buildings built recently to accommodate the crowd of pilgrims. It looks a little, in its structure, the hermitage Notre Dame du Coral . The chapel is quite large, it has a beautiful plastered facade, a large entrance gate whose outlines are brick (and not cut stone, as is the custom), a bull’s eye to bring light and a pinnacle with a single bell.

For more details on walks around this area we suggest you contact the Ceret Tourism Office: http://en.vallespir-tourisme.fr/

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Le Quattrocento pizzaria in Ceret

In the town of Ceret facing the Fountain of the 9 Jets, this is a totally casual gastro pub that featured pizza and hamburgers along with seafood and salads. Prices are reasonable and the food is decent. Pizza (9 euros and up) may just not be a French, but for a casual dinner where the focus is on the company in a pretty square with no cars around, it really works for a simple no frills meal.

Le Quattrocento is basically round the corner from our home (15 steps away) so if you suddenly feel the urge for a pizza or simply not in a mood to cook, pick up a pizza take-away or pop over for a basic meal.

Italian, French, Pizza
$$ – $$$
3 Place des 9 Jets, 66400 Ceret, France
+33 4 68 87 15 60

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Archaeological & Heritage Museum – ‘Maison du Patrimoine – Françoise Claustre’

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This collection includes artefacts unearthed by the archaeologist Françoise Claustre in the Vallespir area most notably the funeral urns discovered at the Necropolis of Vilanove.

Originally known simply as an archaeological museum, the remit has now extended to encompass a wider representation of the area’s heritage. It also provides educational material on the subject of pre-historic art plus a contemporary art exhibition.

In the shade of the plane trees, not far from Museum of Modern Art, the Heritage House Françoise Claustre, municipal service, has for mission the valuation of Heritage and Archeology.

Important archaeological discoveries on the territory of Vallespir led over the years to the creation of an establishment which was first named “Archaeological Museum of Céret”. He could not find a better setting to settle than the old Tower of the Porte d’Espagne which was totally refurbished by the municipality in 1995.

It will become, in 2007, the Heritage House Françoise Claustre in tribute to the one who, upon his return from captivity in Chad, came to work in Céret and gave this structure a reputation and a particular momentum. An agreement was signed in 2009 between the City Council of Céret and the Regional Service of Archeology for the creation of a municipal archaeological deposit , located on the 3rd and 4th floor.

The building brings together a museum space on the first two levels, an archaeological deposit, under the direction of the DRAC (Ministry of Culture) , associated with a research center for the study of the deposited collections.
Its heritage vocation is defined by guided tours and temporary exhibitions. The educational animation of the museum is done through workshops for young audiences throughout the year.

Address:
Place Picasso BP 303 – 66400 Céret
66403 Céret
Tel: +33 (0)4 68 87 31 59
contact@maisondupatrimoine-ceret.com

Website: www.maisondupatrimoine-ceret.com

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Saturday Farmers’ Market in Ceret

The weekly Saturday market in Céret is the most popular in the area. It’s big, it’s dynamic and it’s exciting. If you’re in the area, definitely schedule a Saturday morning for Céret. The Céret market manages to combine the typical Provencal market with a strong Catalonian flavor. The Provencal colors have a Catalan red and yellow bias, and Flamenco music vies with French accordionists.

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Cherry Festival in Ceret

May 26 and 27, 2018

For over 150 years the cherry has found in this part of the Vallespir a soil and a climate of predilection that give gourmands – the President of the Republic in mind – the joy of tasting the first French cherries from mid-April.

The Cherry Festival takes place in May in Céret in the Pyrénées-Orientales and offers for two days many activities around a large market at the Cherry which brings together all local producers.

Tastings, coring contests or spitting of stones, menus “cherry” in restaurants … the Catalan city sees red and vibrates to the rhythms of bandas and dancers of Sardana.

More information:
www.ot-ceret.fr
Tel: 33 (0) 4 68 87 00 53

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Shopping for Gifts in Ceret

This is one of the many art outlets/galleries in Ceret exhibiting works from local artists. The exhibitions are on two floors and change regularly. You can buy art, bags, sculptures, and lots of bits and pieces at reasonable prices. Entry is free of charge.

With regular exhibitions, workshops and classes, demonstrations of the different arts and crafts and even music evenings, it personifies the Céret that attracted some of the great artists of history.

Métiers d’Art Sant Roch, Espace Pierre Mau, 4 Bd Lafayette,
66400 Céret. FRANCE.
http://sant.roch.free.fr/
+33 4 69 87 04 38

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A Romantic Evening in Ceret @ Le Jardin

Le Jardin is a great place to enjoy a nice meal as they have a lovely courtyard at the back of the restaurant and they also serve delicious food.  The Chef and staff are also very welcoming and we look forward to visiting soon.

From our home, Le Jardin is a mere 5-7 minute stroll.

Le Jardin Restaurant
7 rue de la République
66400 Céret

Info / Résa : +33 4 11 64 41 12
Mail : contact@lejardin-restaurant-ceret.fr

Price Range $$
Opens at 7:30 PM

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Brass Band Concert in Ceret – HAIDOUTI ORKESTAR

HAIDOUTI ORKESTAR

May 05 , 2018 – 9:00 pm

Flamboyant brass, vivid percussion, virtuoso accordion, sweet and racy voice! Here is the equipped Haiduti Orkestar, which has been wandering for twelve years on the borders of the Balkans, Turkey and the East. By co-signing with Ibrahim Maalouf, the Original Soundtrack of Mohamed Hamidi’s film “The Cow” with Jamel Debbouze and Lambert Wilson, Le Haïdouti enters the 7th art. New spotlight at the closing ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival 2016. The Palais des Festivals ignites!

Result of an improbable crossing of French, Greek, Bulgarian, Turkish and Gypsy musicians from Serbia, the Haïdouti shares his love for the music of the peoples, sailing between Kurdish, Azeri, Armenian but also Gypsy and Syro-Lebanese songs. Their 4th album Babel Connexion, to be released on April 28, is the result of this musical babel forged during encounters and trips to the borders of East and West. With its notoriety, the Haïdouti Orkestar consolidates its role of ambassador of a mixed France. At a time when the temptation of community withdrawal is great, the group affirms its willingness to open wide to different cultures. Some erect walls on their borders, the Haiduti himself transcends them.

Union Hall – Céret

Prices:
Full 15 €
Reduced 13 €
member 10 €
-30 years 8 €

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