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  • Visit Céret, home to iconic 20th century artists such as Picasso, Braque and Matisse

  • Delve into Dalí’s Surrealist mind by visiting his unmissable Teatro-Museo in Figueres

  • Explore the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes and view its remarkable Romanesque architecture

Nestled between France and Spain, Roussillon – a former county of the Principality of Catalonia – boasts diverse landscapes and a unique identity. This French gateway to Spain inspired and welcomed several artists from the 20th century avant-garde, among them Picasso, Miro, Matisse, Dalí and Braque.


The village of Céret drew Picasso and Braque as well as other leading artists including Matisse, and this creative emulation led to the foundation of a rich Musée d’Art Moderne. Subject to the museum’s anticipated reopening in 2021, we hope to take in the collections of Cubism, Fauvism and Surrealism here. We will also devote time to exploring the Musée d’Art Hyacinthe Rigaud in Perpignan, encompassing fine examples of regional art from the Gothic period through to modern times.


As well as the art collections, our stay in Roussillon will enable us to study Romanesque architecture and sculpture. Highlights include the Abbey of Saint Michel de Cuxa, Serrabone Priory, the Musée du Maître de Cabestany and the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes – decorated by the Maître de Cabestany’s workshop in the 12th century.


We will cross into Spain, taking the opportunity to look at the restored stone-built town of Besalú with its complex fortified bridge. Indeed, the defensive architecture of this frontier zone, studded with 17th century strongholds, is one of the region’s most fascinating aspects. Forteresse de Salses, keeping watch over the border with Spain, is a masterpiece of 15th century military architecture. We will also look at Dalí’s theatrical works in his purpose-built Teatro-Museo in Figueres.


We will stay on the Mediterranean just outside the fishing town of Port Vendres, once home to Charles Rennie Mackintosh, at the comfortable and simply furnished three-star Hotel Les Jardins du Cèdre. The terrace enjoys panoramic views overlooking the sea, and the hotel is particularly noted for its excellent restaurant. All the twin/double rooms are deluxe category located in the brand new building of the hotel opened in May 2020. Double for single use rooms are either standard or comfort category located in the hotel’s 19th century Catalan mansion.


This tour will be led by Juliet Heslewood, MA, an author and art historian who lived in France for nearly 30 years, where she devised and led study tours in six different regions. Juliet studied at the universities of London and Toulouse, and she has written many books, including most recently Van Gogh: A Life in Places. In addition to leading tours, Juliet frequently lectures at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

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Included: Cost of £2315 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a deluxe twin or double bedded room (situated in the hotel’s new building), breakfast, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not Included: travel insurance, standard or comfort double room for single use supplement (situated in the main building) £185, deluxe double room for single use supplement (situated in the new building) £420, on request.

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