Perpignan Destination Guide

Situated on the Spanish border, in the Languedoc-Roussillon, this medieval town has a certain charm about it. There is definitely a Catalan influence that is palpable when exploring the area. Food-wise you will be spoilt for choice with Spanish tapas-style restaurants, traditional French fare and a delightful fusion of both. There are also a number of shops and boutiques as well as all the necessary services. There are a variety of weekly markets, such as the organic farmers market held Tuesday through to Sunday, 7:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Activities

Historically, Perpignan has changed hands between France and Spain countless times and the character of the city has a real sense of both cultures and backgrounds. The Palais des Rois de Majorque is perhaps the most popular attraction. Once a royal residence, the palace is now open to the public to explore the beautiful courtyard and landscaped gardens. The Cathedral Saint-Jean was first constructed in 1342, but only completed in the 15th century, built in traditional Catalan Gothic design. Climb to the top of the Castillet and admire the panoramic views out over the city and surrounds.

Explore the Arab and Romany district, with markets filled with the alluring sights and smells of North Africa. The Promenade des Plantanes is a wonderful walkway with trees on either side, flower beds and fountains to admire. The art museum, Musee d’Art Hyacinthe Rigaud, exhibits some medieval master’s collections so if you’re an art lover it’s certainly worth a stop. You could also wander around the Jardin de Sant-Vicens, with its exotic plants and fragrant orange trees.

Travel

Perpignan has its own international airport, which is approximately 7km from the city centre. Gare de Perpignan (declared the centre of the universe by famed artist, Salvador Dali) is easy to get to with trains connecting both internationally and nationally, should you wish to travel by TGV rail.