The site of Fontfrède sits at an altitude of 1000 metres, giving it a privileged position above the plain of Roussillon with sublime views stretching out to the Mediterranean.  In the heat of summer, what better than to retire to this beautiful natural spot with its cooling fountain and panoramic views.

On deeper reflection, however, Fontfrède is not there simply to provide a view; its position on the border with Spain also gave it an important role in history. First, as a path for smugglers and bandits in the earlier part of the 19th century, and later, during World War II, as a path for those escaping France, known as ‘Les Evadés de France’. The part played by locals guiding those who were fleeing persecution over the border and into Spain earned Céret ‘La Croix de Guerre’.