English description

270º stunning sea views of the Mediterranean and Pyrénées

from the air-conditioned villa, balcony and private pool and just two minutes from the beach in Cerbére. The villa is located on the outskirts of the town. Quiet and peaceful, yet only 25 minutes from the very large sand beach such as Argeles sur Mer and offers easy access to all amenities.

Two double and two twin bedrooms – ideal for two families or four couples, with plenty in the surrounding area to see and do during your stay. Annual rent approx. €15, to 18,000 if desired.

The upper level has a furnished hall, four bedrooms, two with balconies facing the Mediterranean, and two bathrooms. From this level a staircase leads to a lower level comprising an open kitchen, a small toilet and a living room with a direct view over the Mediterranean and wine yards. Posterior part of the house in the lower level is a non-decorated room of 41m² which is currently being used for storage. You can of course extend to additional living accommodation, giving a total of 165m².

From the lower level, the terraces and pool can be accessed. Naturally, the house is furnished with all domestic appliances. There is built in air-conditioning throughout the villa. Access from street via driveway (can be used for private parking) and garage.

Price: € 524.000 – For further information please call +45 24 91 53 42 or email allan@cervin.dk

Or contact my French Real Estate Agent Sophie Roy

 

Address is: 10 Rue Salvador Dali – 66290 Cerbére, France

 

How is property showcased? Rent a week or an extended weekend and get to know property and area. If you buy, the rent is obviously offset! Alternative contact real estate agent Sophia Roy above.

 

In more detail:

There is air-conditioning in the entire house (both cold and warm) with electronic thermostat in all rooms. Furthermore, there is a garage and a driveway of 25 metres where cars can be parked.

The villa is situated in Cerbère (in Catalan: Cervera) in the district of Pyrénées-Orientales in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon – only 4 kilometers from the Spanish border.

The region of Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the sunniest and hottest areas in France. The weather is nice from May to October, and the region has 320 sunny days a year. Still, only few tourists visit the area, making this part of the region a perfect holiday destination. The surroundings are formed by a rich landscape with orchards, wine yards and cypresses, with charming small villages between the medieval castles and the Pyrénées. Both the food and the wine are French and very good in Roussillon.

In the area you will find colourful yachting harbours, fantastic golf courses, some overlooking the Mediterranean and the mountains. The place has unforgettable diving spots (with caves etc.), and there are diving schools in most of the seaside towns, including one in Cebère that has its own salt-water pool and boat. You can also choose to sail or surf – or you may explore the Pyrénées – on foot by mountain bike or 4X4 (be sure to bring water and compass). In the neighboring towns there are restaurants with Michelin stars and casinos.

You can also spend a day on horseback or take a trip with the famous yellow train leaving from the medieval town of Villefranch-de-Conflent continuing through the Pyrénées to Andorra. Or what about a travel in time to the Middle Ages? Visit the castles (e.g. Carcassonne castle) and the surrounding villages, rich in culture traces of both French, Spanish, Roman and Moorish origin.

In addition, the Pyrénées offer incredible stalactite caves, some of which are enormous. In the winter, the Pyrénées offer some of the very best skiing destinations, and visited by far less tourists than the Alps.

In the area you will find colourful yachting harbours, fantastic golf courses, some overlooking the Mediterranean and the mountains. The place has unforgettable diving spots (with caves etc.), and there are diving schools in most of the seaside towns, including one in Cebère that has its own salt-water pool and boat. You can also choose to sail or surf – or you may explore the Pyrénées – on foot by mountain bike or 4X4 (be sure to bring water and compass). In the neighboring towns there are restaurants with Michelin stars and casinos. You can also spend a day on horseback or take a trip with the famous yellow train leaving from the medieval town of Villefranch-de-Conflent continuing through the Pyrénées to Andorra. Or what about a travel in time to the Middle Ages? Visit the castles (e.g. Carcassonne castle) and the surrounding villages, rich in culture traces of both French, Spanish, Roman and Moorish origin. In addition, the Pyrénées offer incredible stalactite caves, some of which are enormous. In the winter, the Pyrénées offer some of the very best skiing destinations, and visited by far less tourists than the Alps.

Trips to Spain or Andorra can also be made, among other sights you can visit Salvador Dali’s native town, Figueres, which is located about 30 kilometers drive from Cerbère. If you fancy Formula 1 Barcelona is only 170 kilometres away.

Roussillon offers kilometres of beautiful sandy beaches facing the azure Mediterranean. In this southern part of South France you are far away from the touristy glamour, the excessively high prices, the noise and the pickpockets that you come across in the French Riviera (Monaco, Nice and Cannes).

 

Golf (within 45 min. drive from the villa):

Spain W of Gerona – Golf Platja de Pals: http://www.golfplatjadepals.com/index.php?lang=uk

Spain, near Girona – Club Golf d’Aro: http://www.golfdaro.com/

History

Cebère is the last town before the Spanish border and it is situated right where the Pyrénées meet the Mediterranean. When you travel around in Roussillon in the areas near Cebère you will find an impressive coastline with little bays and bathing beaches with pebbles. Cebère is small and cozy and can be dated back to Roman Period. The neighbouring towns on the French side are Banyules sur Mer (where you can rent boats and jet skis), Port Vendres and Coullioure, and Portbou on the Spanish side.

Roussillon was administrated first by the kings of Aragon and later by the Spanish Kingdom until 1659 (except in the period between 1463 and 1493). Since 1659, according to the treaty of the Pyrénées, France has controlled the land.

The long version:

A long time ago, the valley of Cerbère, was covered by forest, and wild life. Ancient writings of Greeks, like Strabon, or Romans like Pline the Young, in their description of the ancient world, often talked about a place populated by deer, “locus cervaria”, in the Gaul ends.

In the IIIrd century BC , the Greeks settled in Empurias, fifty kilometres south. After the Greeks, the Romans developed the city over 600 years. The Valley of deer., was found on the main road from Empurias to Portus Veneris (Port-Vendres), and Illiberis (Elne).

From more olden days, some menhir, or dolmen, steel erected, and fully protected, are found all around the Albera range, from Colera in Spain, up to Cerbère. During many centuries , people were scared by these “devil stones”.

It was “Charlemagne”, and his son Charles “the bald” , that worked at the European reunification, and started the building of Churches, and Monasteries, in the IX th century. Elne was the first city to receive a bishop’s palace., then Saint André in Sorede, Saint Genis des Fontaines, etc …and Sant Quirze de Culera.

During that time, a small chapel named Sent Salvador de cervera, is joined to the Monastery of Sant Quirze. At that same time, many lands were sold, let , or taken, and writings founded. One can read: the cove of “Par Im Baus” (Terrimbo), the “cala de Par Baus” (Port-Bou), and the one of “Baus fallut” (Bou fallut in the Cap Cerbère).

The valley of Sant Salvador de cervera was continuously inhabited in the XIV th century by two families: the March, and the Bonavia , people related to the Lord Jehan de Pavo, Donzell Damoiseau de Cervera et de Quer roig.

“Quer Roig” is the name of a headland on the top of which was built a watch castle. It is the red colour of the local stones, or the fire lights on top to warn of invaders, that gave the name to the place: nobody knows, but often the terms Caro Rubio, or Quer Roig appear as a boundary of the territory.

Slowly, this valley became a dependency of the fishermen from Banyuls de la Marenda.

In December 1640, Louis the XIII of France and the “Generalitat de Catalunya” made a pact, against the Spanish Kingdom. After the conquest of the Roussillon, the Pyrenean Treaty was signed in 1659. The Latin description “locus cervaria finis galliae” (Gaul finishes where live deer), gave the south French territory boundary.

Until the French revolution, the valley of Cervera was not busy. But, in 1789, the revolution liberated the privileges, and the title deeds, gave a chance to people to extend their vineyards up to the valley of Cervera.

In 1820, ten families lived permanently in our valley, with a few seasonal fishermen. During this time smuggling with Spain started along the coast. The customs administration created an office in Cerbère in 1841, in front of the scale of deals.

The real booster for the town was the birth of the Railway. In 1846, the French Government started the study for the railway line joining Spain. Fortunately for us the coastal layout was chosen. In 1858, the line to Perpignan was opened, then Port-Vendres in 1867, and Cerbère in 1878.

Then business increasing due to the rail link, Cerbère, small hamlet administratively attached to Banyuls, asked for its own independence. This happened in 1888 (July 15th) when Dominique Mitjaville, former 1st deputy mayor of Banyuls, became the first mayor of Cerbère.