|Perpignan, France Guide
|A manageable city on France's Mediterranean coast, it's not that far from Barcelona, and sharessome of its Catalan culture.
Perpignan, the major city at the southwestern end of France's Mediterranean coast (map), is just 34km (21 miles) north of the Spanish border, almost as close to Barcelona (200km/124 miles) as it is to Montpellier (160km/100 miles).
The city is not big, or fancy, or fascinating like some French cities, but with its palm trees and Mediterranean climate, its easy pace and Catalan influence, it can be a delightful place to spend a day or two.
What to See & Do
The center of the city is the Place de la République, with its
The Castillet is all that remains of Perpignan's once impressive city walls, but this fortified city gate towering over the canal of the Têt River marks the northern extent of the historic city center. Within is a Museum of Catalan Culture.
The rue des Fabriqués Couvertes, south of Le Castillet, is lined with restaurants featuring open-air dining all the way to the Office de Tourisme de Perpignan and the Hôtel de Ville.
Another good restaurant area is the warren of narrow streets near the Musée des arts Hyacinthe Rigaud.
Drop in at the Palace of the Kings of Majorca in the citadel for its history and architecture.
Stroll along the gardens by the river and stop for a coffee or cool drink in one of the cafés on the banks.
The Gare de Perpignan train station is 1.5km (1 mile) west of the historic city center (Hôtel de Ville). As usual in France, the Gare Routière (bus terminal) adjoins the train station.
Hotels are scattered throughout the city. Use this Hotel Search Map to find the one you want: