Tell anyone that you're travelling to Southern France, and they will likely say "ooh-la-la"! If you’re travelling to Perpignan, however, tell your friends that they should also add "molt agradable", which is Catalan for very nice. After all, Perpignan was once a seat of power for the Catalan kings, and the language is still spoken here. Looking for hotels in Perpignan will unlock a side of Southern France that you never knew existed!
Things to Do in Perpignan
Perpignan’s city centre has a modern section and the French-Catalan Old Town. In between the two sections is Le Castillet, a massive turret—grab some snaps of it and imagine what this city must have looked like hundreds of years ago! If your Perpignan accommodation is near this site, you can look out your window every morning and pretend you’re a medieval knight.
Ready to get artsy? Pop into Musee Rigaud, a renovated 17th-century palace that once housed a studio. Pablo Picasso used to paint here, and it’s home to several of his pieces. It’s also got works by Dufy and Cocteau.
Food in Perpignan is available near Rue le Figuier, so feel free to sample a mix of French and Catalan dishes. You'll find wild game, fresh seafood and local wine—and that’s just to start! Want to compare your French-Catalan experience to a Spanish one? Head to Spain and stay in one of our Barcelona hotels to complete a delicious, food-based Venn diagram.
Getting to and Around Perpignan
You can fly into Perpignan-Rivesaltes Airport (PGF), which is only 5 km from the city centre—meaning Perpignan hotels are just a short bus or taxi ride away. You can easily use buses or trains to get around, but this place is best-suited for walking. Get lost in the winding streets and discover your own adventure.
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