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This pretty town is set in the Tech Valley in the Pyrénées-Orientales department, the southernmost part of the Languedoc-Roussillon region. With its close proximity to the Spanish border there is a real Catalan influence, visible in both the architecture of the area and the culture and gastronomy of the region. The area attracts not only British visitors and buyers but also German, Dutch and Scandinavians.
The town itself is quintessentially French with its cobbled streets meandering towards the central square, shaded by giant plane trees. There is a superb market on Saturday which showcases the wide variety of fresh local produce and, of course, a number of cafés and restaurants bordering the square. The town has a fantastic artistic heritage and has long been a haven for artist retreats. Noteworthy residents included Picasso and Dali, who both spent time here and a number of Picasso’s works are showcased in the Museum of Modern Art situated opposite the Romanesque church of Saint-Pierre.
If you are seeking to be in the very centre of town your choice will largely be between a traditional French town-house or apartment and outside space, depending on price, with a roof terrace or small courtyard. Prices usually start from €130,000-€150,000. These are rare and highly sought-after properties and prices have increased over the last few years. However, this is an excellent location for buy-to-let properties or if you are looking to rent out a holiday home when not in use. Bargain properties do not hang about here so do move quickly! Moving away from the centre, larger properties with land and Mediterranean-style villas with pools can start from around €280,000-€300,000. The most coveted rural properties are the traditional mas – stone-built converted farmhouses, often influenced by the Catalan style of the region. If you find that your budget does not stretch to the Céret area, why not consider the surrounding towns of Maureillas-las-Illas or Amelie-les-Bains where pricing can be more affordable?
This part of the region is well served with airport access at Perpignan (35 minutes), Carcassonne (1.5 hours) and Gerona (just over an hour).
With thanks to our partner agency in Céret.