South of France
Vibrant and zestful city
Salvador Dali's Centre of the Universe
What's to do:
Perpignan: Palais des Rois de Majorque
Huge castle dating back to the 13th - 15th century when the Kings of Majorca and the Kings of Aragon ran huge parts of South France and North Spain.
2 interesting royal chapels, one with a moorish tinge. Climb the Tour de l'Hommage for a panoramic view of Perpignan and the Pyrenees.
Perpignan: Cathedrale St Jean
Cathedral in Perpignan
Constructed between 1324 and 1509, it is built from river pebbles and brick, and its dour interior is highlighted by the play of light and guilded alterpieces and painted wooden statues. Visit the cloistered cemetary and the Chapel of the Devout Christ where there is a beautiful medieval wooden crucifix.
Perpignan: Musée Hyacinthe-Rigaud
You will find an interesting collection of paintings here - from the Louis XIV and XV court painter Hyacinthe Rigaud
(who was born in Perpignan) to the works of Picasso, Dufy and Maillol, and works from the Cobra movement of the late 1940s
Perpignan: Nightlife, Cafés, Entertainment, Events
Great place to dine in central Perpignan
During the Summer months the city hosts great music evenings where numerous musicians and bands play - usually Thursday nights.
Large concerts are also given (Bob Dylan played here a couple of years ago) and there are music events with a Latin or Spanish feel. There is a good smattering of warm enticing restaurants and bars, many near to the Cathedrale. For dancing late into the morning -
there are a number of discotheques and clubs.
Ryanair flies into Perpignan Airport from Birmingham, London Stansted, Brussels, Frankfurt, Marakesh. Flybe flies into Perpignan from Southampton.
SNCF Perpignan has connections to TGV trains to all over Europe.
For enjoyable warmer times - Perpignan is the place to visit - its atmosphere is totally different from the cities of Narbonne, Montpellier - its Spanish Catalan - its an energy!" -
For a quick trip out of Perpignan visit Collioure and Banyuls - home to sculptor Aristide Maillol - 2 jewels at the foot of the Pyrenees, fishing ports on the Med!
Looking for a glorious and unexpected cloister? - head south to Elne!