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PerpignanFrance

Discover the magic of this seductive border town, home to chic restaurants, bars and intriguing medieval monuments. 

The last major city before the Spanish border, multicultural Perpignan has experienced a diverse range of influences. Explore its narrow medieval squares and streets and appreciate its exotic mix of cultures. Stop for snacks in French patisseries, browse the wares at the North African market on Place Cassanyes and learn about its heritage at Casa Pairal, a museum devoted to Catalan folk arts and traditions.

The medieval town of Perpignan was founded in the 10th century and was under Spanish rule until 1659, when Spain ceded it to the French. More recently, the city became popular first among Catalans fleeing Franco’s regime and then for North African migrants. See these influences in the lanes of St. Jacques Quarter.

To discover Perpignan’s Spanish and Catalan history, visit the Palais des Rois de Majorque. This palace once housed the reigning Majorcan kings; its Moorish influence is evidenced in its arcaded courtyard. Another historic highlight is the redbrick Le Castillet tower, the only remainder of the original medieval walls.

Wander through the town’s tightly packed streets and browse beautiful boutiques and brand-name shops. See the Cathédrale Saint-Jean, an imposing church in the traditional Catalan Gothic style. Inside, look at the elaborate, ornate altarpiece and famous wooden crucifix.

Buzzing and lively year-round, Perpignan is especially busy in summer during the Estivales festival, when music, dance, drama and theater take over the city streets. The annual La Procession de la Sanch, which takes place on Good Friday before Easter, is a more somber local tradition featuring a procession of people wearing black robes and masks.

While here, be sure to sample the cuisine, a delicious mix of traditional Catalan tapas, typical French dishes and exotic North African flavors.

Perpignan has a pleasant Mediterranean climate and can be visited year-round. The city is small enough to navigate on foot or use local bus services. Perpignan airport is about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) outside the town center. The city is also served by high-speed trains from Paris.

Where to stay in Perpignan

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Saint-Jean

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

While visiting Saint-Jean, you might make a stop by sights like Perpignan Cathedral and Le Castillet.

Saint-Jean
Perpignan is the prefecture of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in Southwest France, and the centre of the metropolitan area Perpignan Mediterranée.

Saint-Martin

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Though Saint-Martin might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Palace of the Kings of Majorca and Le Castillet.

Saint-Martin
Visiting Perpignan was an interesting experience. This statue of Salvador Dali adds color and whimsy to this plaza. #details

La Gare

3.5/5Good!(3 area reviews)

Though La Gare might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Le Castillet and Palace of the Kings of Majorca.

La Gare
Visiting Perpignan was an interesting experience. This statue of Salvador Dali adds color and whimsy to this plaza. #details

Clémenceau

3/5(1 area review)

While there might not be top attractions in Clémenceau, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Le Castillet and Perpignan Cathedral.

Clémenceau
Saint-Mathieu, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales, France

Saint-Mathieu

Saint-Mathieu might not have many top sights, but Palace of the Kings of Majorca and Le Castillet are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Saint-Mathieu

Top Hotels in Perpignan

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
La Villa Duflot Hôtel & Spa Perpignan
La Villa Duflot Hôtel & Spa Perpignan
4 out of 5
Rond Point Albert Donnezan, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales
The price is $155 per night

This family-friendly Perpignan hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Palace of the Kings of Majorca, Le Castillet and Perpignan Cathedral. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (111 reviews)

"Very casual but elegant vibe. Staff is very nice, ready to help. Beds and linens are good quality (especially compared to so many European hotels)."…"

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

La Villa Duflot Hôtel & Spa Perpignan
Bastide Le Petit Clos
Bastide Le Petit Clos
34 RUE DE SITGES, Perpignan, Occitanie

Situated in Perpignan, this cottage is within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Perpignan, Palace of the Kings of Majorca, and Hyacinthe Rigaud Museum. Republic Square ...

Bastide Le Petit Clos
The Originals City, Le Mas des Arcades, Perpignan (Qualys-Hotel)
The Originals City, Le Mas des Arcades, Perpignan (Qualys-Hotel)
3 out of 5
840 Avenue d'Espagne, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales
The price is $82 per night

Located in Saint-Martin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of Perpignan and Palace of the Kings of Majorca. Hyacinthe Rigaud Museum and Republic ...

3.9/5Very Good! (282 reviews)

"The room's carpet had many stains!!! The rest was Ok!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2020

The Originals City, Le Mas des Arcades, Perpignan (Qualys-Hotel)

Popular places to visit in Perpignan

Perpignan Cathedral
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Perpignan Cathedral

4.5/5(4 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Perpignan when you stop by Perpignan Cathedral. Discover the area's entertainment venues and monuments.

Le Castillet
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Le Castillet

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Perpignan when you spend time at Le Castillet. Experience the area's entertainment venues and festivals.

Reviews of Perpignan

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4/5 - Good

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Jan 20, 2020

Better than expected. Not many great things to see. Looks like work in progress and better visit during spring or fall. Good as a base. Many interesting things to see and do within 50 km radius.

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Verified traveler

May 29, 2019

Le Sud was a wonderful restaurant nearby. Also, pizza Domi was very good!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 23, 2018

El centro histórico es muy bonito, muchos negocios y restaurantes

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