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Saint Cyprien - a Catalan village

The old Catalan village of St Cyprien, dating back to the 12th century, lies in the far south of France, not far from the Spanish border and right near the seaside. A modern, purpose built beach resort and marina was constructed close by in the 1960's called St Cyprien Plage (Saint Cyprien Plage Property Guide), and together the two areas now draw visitors in the thousands in the summer months, becoming a bustling and lively hive of activity.

Quaint and charming

Having said that, St Cyprien village is much quieter than the beach resort and marina of St Cyprien Plage, remaining quintessentially French. Quaint and charming, it has tree-lined streets to explore and old buildings to see, as well as a 13th century church and a few shops. (The population given in this guide includes St Cyprien Plage area.)

Inspirational art

In its time, the outstanding beauty of the area around St Cyprien has inspired many great artists. And with its foreground of seascapes, backdrop of mountains, outlying vineyards and colourful fishing port, it's not difficult to understand why. The town has evidence of this for you to enjoy in the shape of the Francois Desnoyer Museum, which houses fascinating collections of paintings by famous names such as Toulouse Lautrec, Gauguin and Maillol. It is also possible to admire a collection of Catalan art, and St Cyprien has a modern art centre too, so art lovers should be kept happily occupied here.

Beaches, marina and Étang de Canet

When planning a day's activities in St Cyprien you will find yourself utterly spoiled for choice, so much is there on offer. There are of course the beautiful beaches and marina of St Cyprien Plage on the doorstep. If you should tire of the golden sands and wish to experience something a little different, take a short trip to the nearby "inland sea", a salt lake which lies just on the landward side of the sea. The Étang de Canet is a wildlife haven, with many beautiful and unusual species of bird, animal and plant to be found in a very special environment.

Activities for all

Then children will love Aqualand, a huge watersports centre which is close to the resort, and there is also a massive sports complex known as La Grande Stade. The town boasts a 27-hole golf course, and horse-riders will be delighted to discover a big equestrian centre and superb trails for trekking. Winter sports enthusiasts are also drawn to St Cyprien, as it provides easy access to the fabulous ski resorts of the Pyrénées.

Market days in the Saint Cyprien area

Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays are market days in St Cyprien. The Sunday market is a big affair held in the morning, which attracts a large number of visitors.

How to get there

Getting to St Cyprien is easy, as the nearby airport of Perpignan offers flights to and from the UK with three airlines, these being Ryanair, flybe and bmibaby. The airports of Carcassonne and Girona are also perfectly accessible. Perpignan has a TGV stop too, which means that train travel is possible from London with Eurostar, then from Paris or Lille on a TGV.

Property prices and availability in and around St Cyprien

Property in St Cyprien tends to be expensive, as is all Mediterranean property. There are compensations, however, as the rental potential is excellent, and the market usually remains strong should you ever wish to resell.

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1. Market information supplied by Gillian Kendall (added 2/10/08)...

Additional information on one of St Cyprien's markets was very kindly supplied by Gillian Kendall. Many thanks to her for helping us keep our site up-to-date and helping us to improve our property guide!

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St Cyprien AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS St Cyprien?

St Cyprien lies in the far south of France, not far from Spain. It is located in the east of the Pyrénées-Orientales department just inland from the Mediterranean coast, in the Catalan region of Roussillon.

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Population: 8,573

Access: By air: Fly into Perpignan with Ryanair, flybe or bmibaby. By rail: Perpignan has a TGV station making rail travel a fast and easy way to reach the resort from the UK.

Economy: The economy these days is all about tourism.

Interesting fact: St Cyprien lies close to the beach and marina area of St Cyprien Plage, yet it is distinct from it.

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