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Perpignan is France's last major city before reaching Spain. The spirit of Catalonia will give your holidays an extraordinary feeling!

As the former capital of the Kingdom of Majorca, Perpignan was Spanish until the 17th century. The Catalans are proud of an ancestral culture that they like to share with visitors. The sea is 10 minutes away, the mountains an hour away, and Perpignan is their vibrant, lively and colourful "centre of the universe", as Dali proclaimed it.

Bathed in sunshine 300 days a year, with weather like that you can't go wrong choosing Perpignan as a holiday destination. The region's vineyards are testament to this exceptional climate; the terroir of the region has also been awarded the "Vignobles & Découvertes" label. Walk among the vines or the shady streets, then, once the evening rolls around, pull up a chair on rue Paratilla, nicknamed "the street of spices", around a cargolade, a platter of grilled snails, or a portion of Collioure anchovies. Enjoy the laughter and the sunshine on your plate, before dancing the sardana to the sound of a cobla, a traditional Catalan orchestra.

Most of the must-see sites are free-entry: the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, the Loge de Mer, the Museum of Natural History, the Fort du Serrat d’En Vaquer and its stunning panorama over the Roussillon plain, and the Casa Xanxo, a Gothic town house that will give you a taste of city life in days gone by.

For lovers of religious architecture, Perpignan boasts many exceptionally well preserved chapels, cathedrals and cloisters. The Ancien Evêché, the Eglise des Dominicains and the great Carmelite convent are all sites that bear witness to a history of religious fervour and the spirit of conquering the oceans. The nearby Mediterranean is a reminder of just how much the sea still influences this Catalan spirit, which is so recognisable and unique: there's a palpable energy in the many festivals and cultural events, a lifestyle revolving around the fine details of crafts and food, and a rarely equalled sense of hospitality.

Where to stay in Perpignan

Perpignan which includes shopping, street scenes and flowers

Saint-Jean

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Saint-Jean, Perpignan Cathedral and Campo Santo are top sights worth seeing.

Saint-Jean
Saint-Martin, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales, France

Saint-Martin

3/5(2 area reviews)

While Saint-Martin isn't home to many top sights, Palace of the Kings of Majorca and Le Castillet are some notable places to visit nearby.

Saint-Martin
La Gare, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales, France

La Gare

3.5/5Good!(6 area reviews)

Though La Gare may 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
Clémenceau, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales, France

Clémenceau

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

When in Clémenceau, you can plan a visit to Le Castillet and Perpignan Cathedral, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

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

Saint-Mathieu

While Saint-Mathieu isn't home to many top sights, Palace of the Kings of Majorca and Le Castillet are some notable places to visit nearby.

Saint-Mathieu
La Lunette, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales, France

La Lunette

While there might not be top attractions in La Lunette, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Palace of the Kings of Majorca and Campo Santo.

La Lunette

Top hotels in Perpignan

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Appart'City Perpignan Centre Gare
Appart'City Perpignan Centre Gare
3 out of 5
12 boulevard Saint-Assiscle, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £50 per night from 3 Oct to 4 Oct

Located in Saint-Assiscle, this residence is within 1 mile (2 km) of Theatre de l'Archipel, Hyacinthe Rigaud Museum and Loge de Mer. Palais de la Deputation ...

4.2/5Very Good! (798 reviews)

"Nice apartment, clean Just what we needed for our weekend base and good location"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2020

Appart'City Perpignan Centre Gare
Campanile Perpignan Centre
Campanile Perpignan Centre
3 out of 5
18 Boulevard Jean Bourrat, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales
The price is £58 per night from 22 Sep to 23 Sep

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! (243 reviews)
Perfect for a weekend break

"Clean and modern hotel with all the facilities we needed for a weekend break. The parking was full but after 12pm on a Saturday on road parking is free until Monday morning. The receptionist directed us to the best place to park. One thing to be careful of is the area behind the hotel if you turn ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Feb 2020

Campanile Perpignan Centre
La Villa Duflot Hôtel & Spa Perpignan
La Villa Duflot Hôtel & Spa Perpignan
4 out of 5
Rond Point Albert Donnezan, Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £146 per night from 3 Oct to 4 Oct

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! (115 reviews)

"Hotel was on top of the COVID restrictions and implementing well and in a manner that let the ‘new normal’ continue well. Well done to the hotel team."…"

Reviewed on 8 Jul 2020

La Villa Duflot Hôtel & Spa Perpignan

Popular places to visit in Perpignan

Perpignan Cathedral
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Perpignan Cathedral

4.5/5(9 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Perpignan with a trip to Perpignan Cathedral. Discover the area's entertainment choices and monuments.

Le Castillet
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Le Castillet

4/5(9 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Perpignan with a stop at Le Castillet. Experience the area's entertainment choices and festivals.

Top things to do in Perpignan

40 Minutes Flight from Perpignan to a Typical Spanish Restaurant
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40 Minutes Flight from Perpignan to a Typical Spanish Restaurant

£179
Per adult
Skip the Line: Fortress of Salses Ticket
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Skip the Line: Fortress of Salses Ticket

£7
Per adult

Reviews of Perpignan

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Top Destination

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

30 Oct 2019

Didn’t get a chance to explore as overnight stop en route back to U.K., really handy location for motorway

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

27 Oct 2019

Worth going on tourist train to get a feel of it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Oct 2019

Really enjoyed our day here and would come for a longer explore and to use it as a base for visiting the region.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

13 Oct 2019

Wonderful food and wine and shops in the old part Good bus service VERY VERY expensive taxi from the airport but not a lot of choice if its dark and you dont know your way around the city Brush up on your French as limited understanding of English

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Oct 2019

A hidden gem

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

10 Apr 2019

We arrived early in the season and hence not all up and running. As we had a car we could explore the area and there are very interesting places to visit within a 30/40min drive.

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