Cerbere in the department of Pyrenees-Orientales, is the last French town before the Spanish border.

In fact it gives the impression of being the last place in the world, and unless you’re particularly fond of the “grim concrete” school of architecture, of which there is a particularly striking example in the middle of the town, (with a fine view over the goods yard) you won’t like it much. This object is apparently listed, which didn't stop it having peeling paint and rusting ironwork when I went there…


Nor will you like the roads you have to take to get there - terrible hairpin bends for interminable miles in both directions (you can get there by train - but why would you bother?).

The only redeeming feature of the place is that, above the town on the Spanish side, you can park the car and walk over the international border through the abandoned customs post. A very strange sensation.

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