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, 66000
Fully refundable
The price is $44 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$44
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Perpignan. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
3.9/5 Good! (229 reviews)
If you are on tight budget
"You got what you paid for. If you expect the room is very clean then its not a good choice. There is water keeps dropping from ceiling in the toilet, cigraette butt at the window. Except that, the location is good, bed is comfortable."

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2022

ibis budget Perpignan Centre Méditerranée
NYX Hotel
NYX Hotel
3 out of 5
62 bis, Avenue du Général du Gaulle, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales, 66000
The price is $71 per night from Jan 4 to Jan 5
$71
per night
Jan 4 - Jan 5
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Perpignan. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (376 reviews)
"Excellent experience. Rooms are very nice, and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Let me into my room 4hrs before check in (!!!)."

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2022

NYX Hotel
Appart'City Perpignan Centre Gare
Appart'City Perpignan Centre Gare
3 out of 5
12 boulevard Saint-Assiscle, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales, 66000
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $51 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$51
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Perpignan. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,012 reviews)
Great staff, clean,next to the train& bus stations
"Excellent staff very helpful and friendly. Quick check in and out. Very clean room with a useful kitchen area. Extremely convenient for Perpignan train station and bus station. Good security. I stay here every time I travel in France and like it very much."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

Appart'City Perpignan Centre Gare
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.
Aparthotel Mer & Golf City Perpignan Centre
Aparthotel Mer & Golf City Perpignan Centre
3 out of 5
2 Espace Mediterranee, Avenue du Général Leclerc, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales, 66000
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly residence in Perpignan. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (123 reviews)
Excellent Location
"Great location for staying at the centre of Perpignan.It was ideal for our trip to watch the rugby with cooking facilities if needed.A budget hotel with all you need when travelling light."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

Aparthotel Mer & Golf City Perpignan Centre
Appart'City Perpignan Centre Gare
Appart'City Perpignan Centre Gare
3 out of 5
12 boulevard Saint-Assiscle, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales, 66000
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Perpignan. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,012 reviews)
Great staff, clean,next to the train& bus stations
"Excellent staff very helpful and friendly. Quick check in and out. Very clean room with a useful kitchen area. Extremely convenient for Perpignan train station and bus station. Good security. I stay here every time I travel in France and like it very much."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

Appart'City Perpignan Centre Gare
Les Tours d'Or
Les Tours d'Or
5 Place Alain Gerbault, Perpignan, 66000
Stay at this aparthotel in Perpignan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Popular attractions Theatre de l'Archipel and Hyacinthe Rigaud Museum are ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (13 reviews)
Très bon rapport qualité - prix hors saison !
"Nous étions septiques d'envisager une semaine dans une résidence sénior, mais c'était très bien. Nous avons passé un séjour agréable dans un appartement spacieux et confortable, suffisamment équipé, dans un quartier calme. Les équipes sont agréables, les résidents semblent contents de voir du monde, ..."

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2022

Les Tours d'Or
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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