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The city of Céret
Coat of arms of Céret
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Pyrénées-Orientales
Arrondissement Céret
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Vallespir
Mayor Alain Torrent
(2014 - 2020)
Elevation 107–1,440 m (351–4,724 ft)
(avg. 154 m or 505 ft*)
Land area1 37.86 km2 (14.62 sq mi)
Population2 7,621  (2012)
 - Density 201/km2 (520/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 66049/ 66400
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Coordinates: 42°29′21″N 2°45′08″E / 42.4892°N 2.7522°E / 42.4892; 2.7522

Céret is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. It is the capital of the arrondissement of Céret. It was the capital of the historic Catalan comarque of Vallespir.

The inhabitants of this city are known, in French, as cerétans (women: céretanes).

Name of the city

The name Céret comes from the Catalan name for the town: Ceret.

Former known names of Céret are, in order of appearance, vicus Sirisidum in 814, vico Cereto in 866, villa Cerseto in 915, vigo Ceresido in 930, also Cered and Ceriteto in the 10th century, Ceret, Cericeto in the XIth and XIIth centuries, Cirset around 1070, Cersed (one of the most common forms) in 1130 and Cerset in 1138, and from the XIIIth to the XVth centuries Cereto, Ceret, Seret and Saret. Ceret becomes the most common form around the XVIth century.


Vue de Céret
Céret seen from the north

Céret lies in the foothills of the Pyrénées mountains, in southern France. It is on the valley of the Tech river.

It has an area of 37.86 km2 (14.62 sq mi) and its average altitude is 154 m (505 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 160 m (520 ft). The lowest point (107 m [351 ft]) of the commune is on the Tech river and the highest is on the Roc de Frausa (1,440 m [4,720 ft]).

With a population of 7,621, its population density is of 201 inhabitants/km2.

Céret and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Céret

The commune is at 35 km (22 mi) from Perpignan, 200 km (124 mi) from Montpellier and at 250 km (155 mi) from Toulouse. It is surrounded by the communes Vivès, Saint-Jean-Pla-de-Corts, Maureillas-las-Illas, Reynès, Oms.


The region around Céret is a major fruit producer, in particular famed for its cherries. The first of the season's pick are, by local tradition, sent to France's President. Céret has a cherry festival each year. The cherry season is during the end of April and May.

Sites of interest

Céret is famous for its Musée d'Art Moderne (Museum of Modern Art), which has numerous Picasso paintings, sculptures and ceramics. The museum also features paintings by Chagall, Matisse, Herbin, Soutine, lots of Fauves and a few Impressionists.

The Museum of Musical Instruments opened in May 2013 and has a unique collection of instruments and musical scores.

The Pont du Diable (Devil's Bridge) is a single arch stone bridge built between 1321 and 1341.


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