Perpignan

Travel Guide
Perpignan featuring a river or creek and a garden
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

4.5/5(3 area reviews)

While visiting Saint-Jean, you might make a stop by sights like Perpignan Cathedral and Hôtel de Ville.

Saint-Jean
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La Gare

3.5/5(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 Hôtel de Ville.

La Gare

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 Hôtel de Ville.

Clémenceau
Perpignan is the prefecture of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in Southwest France, and the centre of the metropolitan area Perpignan Mediterranée. Here, Perpignan Cathedral.

Saint-Martin

4/5(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 Hôtel de Ville.

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Moulin à Vent

While Moulin à Vent might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Palace of the Kings of Majorca and Hôtel de Ville.

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Les Remparts

While Les Remparts isn't home to many top sights, Palace of the Kings of Majorca and Hôtel de Ville are some notable places to visit nearby.

Les Remparts
Dali Hôtel - Restaurant
Dali Hôtel - Restaurant
4 out of 5
18 Boulevard Jean Bourrat, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales
The price is $83 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 19
$83
$96 total
includes taxes & fees
Jun 18 - Jun 19
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Perpignan. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast (surcharge). Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
9/10 Wonderful! (517 reviews)
Superb!
"Great, friendly welcome from Yelena. Really helpful with check in and parking. Good location for the city and great value overall"

Reviewed on May 15, 2024

Dali Hôtel - Restaurant
Kyriad Prestige Perpignan Centre Del Mon
Kyriad Prestige Perpignan Centre Del Mon
4 out of 5
35 Boulevard Saint Assiscle, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales
The price is $71 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
$71
$82 total
includes taxes & fees
Jun 5 - Jun 6
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in Perpignan. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast (surcharge). Popular attractions Theatre de l'Archipel and ...
8.6/10 Excellent! (517 reviews)
Short break in Perpignan
"I love this hotel! It is in the train station, obviously has all the transportation links you need. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, the mini bar fully stocked. The staff are friendly and helpful. Would recommend to anyone looking to stay in Perpignan"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2024

Kyriad Prestige Perpignan Centre Del Mon
Kyriad Perpignan Sud
Kyriad Perpignan Sud
3 out of 5
Domaine du bois des Pins, 30 Rue Du Docteur Koch, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales
The price is $62 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
$62
$72 total
includes taxes & fees
Jun 2 - Jun 3
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Perpignan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast (surcharge). Popular attractions Château Cap de Fouste ...
8.8/10 Excellent! (341 reviews)
Budget hotel, clean with large rooms
"It's a budget hotel but the rooms are large and clean. Our room even had a balcony. There's no restaurant but a few are available within a short drive. Great for a one night stay."

Reviewed on May 15, 2024

Kyriad Perpignan Sud
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Appart'City Confort Perpignan Centre Gare
Appart'City Confort Perpignan Centre Gare