Perpignan

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Perpignan featuring a square or plaza and street scenes as well as a small group of people

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

ibis budget Perpignan Centre Méditerranée
ibis budget Perpignan Centre Méditerranée
2 out of 5
23 Espace Mediterranee, GPS: 34 avenue Général Leclerc, Perpignan
The price is $43 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Clémenceau, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Theatre de l'Archipel, Le Castillet, and Loge de Mer. Hyacinthe Rigaud Museum and Palais de la ...
3.9/5Good! (165 reviews)
"Excellent location very helpful and friendly reception staff👍"

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

ibis budget Perpignan Centre Méditerranée
Appart'City Perpignan Centre Gare
Appart'City Perpignan Centre Gare
3 out of 5
12 boulevard Saint-Assiscle, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales
The price is $54 per night from Oct 15 to Oct 15
Located in Saint-Assiscle, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Theatre de l'Archipel, Hyacinthe Rigaud Museum, and Loge de Mer. Palais de la Deputation and ...
4.2/5Very Good! (860 reviews)
Toujours contente avec Appartcity
"Aucun probleme a l'interieur du batiment avec une equipe toujours a l'ecoute, tres sympa. Contstruit en face de la gare, on peux etre gene par les gens dans la rue qui crie au petit nuit et qui reste a l'abri du mauvais temps proche du batiment."

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Appart'City Perpignan Centre Gare
 Dali Hôtel - Restaurant
Dali Hôtel - Restaurant
4 out of 5
18 Boulevard Jean Bourrat, Perpignan
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $91 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
Located in Saint-Jean, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chapelle du Tiers ordre de saint Dominique, St. Jacques Church, and Perpignan Cathedral. Campo ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (295 reviews)
"Good location Friendly people Clean room But very narrow bed for two people!"

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021

Dali Hôtel - Restaurant
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 Perpignan Centre Gare
Appart'City Perpignan Centre Gare
3 out of 5
12 boulevard Saint-Assiscle, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales
The price is $54 per night from Oct 15 to Oct 15
Located in Saint-Assiscle, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Theatre de l'Archipel, Hyacinthe Rigaud Museum, and Loge de Mer. Palais de la Deputation and ...
4.2/5Very Good! (860 reviews)
Toujours contente avec Appartcity
"Aucun probleme a l'interieur du batiment avec une equipe toujours a l'ecoute, tres sympa. Contstruit en face de la gare, on peux etre gene par les gens dans la rue qui crie au petit nuit et qui reste a l'abri du mauvais temps proche du batiment."

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Appart'City Perpignan Centre Gare
Appart-Hôtel Mer & Golf City Perpignan Centre
Appart-Hôtel Mer & Golf City Perpignan Centre
3 out of 5
2 Espace Mediterranee, Avenue du Général Leclerc, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales
The price is $62 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 8
Located in Clémenceau, this residence is within a 5-minute walk of Theatre de l'Archipel, Le Castillet, and Loge de Mer. Palais de la Deputation and Hyacinthe ...
4/5Very Good! (88 reviews)
On the road to Spain
"For the past 6 years I have always stayed at this aparthotel on my way to Spain. Chris and his staff are excellent. comfy beds and excellent rooms with superb aircon."

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2019

Appart-Hôtel Mer & Golf City Perpignan Centre
The Romantic Suite with Jacuzzi
The Romantic Suite with Jacuzzi
Perpignan, Occitanie
The price is $210 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
Located in Saint-Jean, this romantic apartment building is steps from Place de la Loge, Palais de la Deputation, and Republic Square. Campo Santo and Loge de ...
The Romantic Suite with Jacuzzi
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.

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