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  • Abbey of Saint Michel de Cuxa

  • Detail of stonework in Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery

  • Paysage de Céret (Les Capucins) by Pierre Brune c. 1921, on display in the Musée d'Art Hyacinthe Rigaud, Perpignan

    Image by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Flickr


  • Besalú

  • Serrabone Priory

    Photo by Mezcal licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

  • Collioure

    Photo by Jacques Dillies on Unsplash

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

  • Explore Céret, home to iconic 20th century artists such as Picasso, Braque and Matisse, including a visit to the Musée d’Art Moderne

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

“Hugh Doherty’s knowledge of his subject was impressive and he was obviously very well prepared for the tour. He was approachable and sociable and very helpful in practical ways too”

- ACE customer on a 2023 tour led by Hugh Doherty

Nestled between France and Spain, Roussillon – a former county of the Principality of Catalonia – boasts diverse landscapes and a unique identity. It is particularly noted for its fascinating medieval history, but this French gateway to Spain also inspired and welcomed several artists from the 20th century avant-garde, such as Picasso, Miro, Matisse, Dalí and Braque.


Our stay in Roussillon will enable us to study Romanesque architecture and sculpture in depth. 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 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. In addition, we will have the opportunity to explore collections of Cubism, Fauvism and Surrealism. 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.


We will cross into Spain, taking the opportunity to look at the restored stone-built town of Besalú with its complex fortified bridge. We will also look at Dalí’s theatrical works in his purpose-built Teatro-Museo in Figueres.


Our accommodation is on the Mediterranean just outside the fishing port 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. For more information about room types, please see the ‘Fitness & Practicalities’ box-out.


This tour will be led by Hugh Doherty, DPhil, a Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. A medievalist with broad historical interests, Hugh teaches classical and medieval history and publishes on such topics as knights and castles. He studied at King’s College London before gaining his MPhil at the University of Cambridge and DPhil at the University of Oxford.

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Places are limited - please contact the office on 01223 841055 to enquire.

Included: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a deluxe twin or double bedded room (new building), seven breakfasts, seven dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities & all taxes.

Not Included: travel insurance, comfort/standard room for single use supplement (main building) £165. Deluxe room for single use supplement (new building) £515 on request.

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