Built in the 13th century, it’s one of the most remarkable examples of medieval civil and military architecture in southern France. The main courtyard and its ensemble of Gothic buildings can be explored, but this majestic palace is worth a visit even just for the suggestive views of the city.
This beautiful building was first named a church in the 14th century and later given status of Cathedral in 1601. Hidden gem in the form of a Gothic building, where the darkness and the presence of the organ and countless statues create a mysterious and solemn atmosphere. Admission is free.
Loge de Mer, "Sea Lodge" in English, is one of Perpignan’s finest and oldest historical sites. Made of river stones, it represents the typical architecture of the region. It used to be a stock exchange and the maritime consulate, as symbolized by the hard-to-miss iron vessel.
The countryside has many interesting spots and villages worth a visit, such as Elne and its 2,700-year-old citadel, Riversaltes (renowned for its vineyards), or Saint Estève with its beautiful landscape at the edge of the Pyrenees’ chain. The coast has also some best-kept secrets, like the typical Catalan village of Saint-André.
At this museum you can enjoy a permanent exhibition with rare and/or extinct animals of the Eastern Pyrenees including different bird species, great mammalians and African ethnological objects. Explore the exposition, and do not miss the Egyptian mummy from the XXIII dynasty.
By the St John’s Cathedral you can find the only cloister-cemetery in France that has been classified as a historical monument since 1910. Built in the beginning of the 14th century, it also has an ossuary and the current building consists of 4 galleries about 54 m long each.
A fun way to discover the city is by bike. If you opt to take a guided tour, a guide will show you the most interesting attractions in Perpignan. Along the tour, which lasts approximately 2 hours, you will see the modern part of the city as well as the historical centre, all while having fun and working out. The local bike hire system is called BIP, stations can be found all around town.
Plan a field trip to the seaside town Canet-en-Roussillon which is located only 12 km away from Perpignan. Here you can enjoy 9 km of beaches of fine sand, discover ruins and a castle or stroll around in the old town. In addition, there are some water sport activities available here such as windsurfing, beach volleyball, kayaking and jet skiing.
You should not leave the Pyrénées Orientales until you have paid a little visit to this charming medieval village called Castelnou. It is located approximately 20 km southwest of Perpignan and is nestled at the base of Les Aspres foothills and the Canigou. Castelnou is truly a beautiful village with cobbled streets that offers amazing views from the Castle.
Barraco do Dende is a family-run restaurant with a welcoming and friendly ambiance. The menu offers good value authentic Brazilian food and the portions are quite big so you will definitely leave the restaurant full and satisfied. Sometimes there is live entertainment at the restaurant.
With more than 40 years of experience, the restaurant Napoli, serves mouth-watering Italian cuisine. The food is prepared with quality products and the restaurant team is friendly and extremely service-minded. The comprehensive menu offers something for everyone, including vegetarians and vegans.
Here you can eat as much as you can from the Thai buffet, where the variety of dishes offered is enviable. The staff might not speak perfectly fluent English, but the warm welcome and the tasty food will definitely compensate for it. Children under 90 sm in height eat for free.
Unique restaurant in the city, probably the best one to sample tartare and also other kinds of particular dishes such as the "tuna profiterole", accompanied by delicious French fries or vegetables. A must-try place that specializes on tartare, which always constitutes the main course.
In the very centre of Perpignan, there is a charming crêperie where you can spoil yourself with different kinds of sweet or savoury delights (for the eyes and senses) such as the classic crêpe with chocolate or rich salads prepared with fresh, local and ecological ingredients.
A popular venue with an elegant interior design and a nice terrace, where people like to sit and relax in the setting Perpignan sun. Furthermore, if you’re hungry, you can get great typical French brasserie-style food, along with an extensive selection of drinks from the bar.
Little, hidden paradise for every coffee-lover, where one is met by a professional and welcoming staff. You can enjoy your coffee there, inside or at the picturesque tables positioned just outside the café. Have a look inside even if only to buy coffee or tea to take home with you.
The coffee-enthusiasts will be delighted when paying a visit to Cafés La Tour, located in the north-east area of Perpignan. Here you'll find dozens of different kinds of artisan coffee from Guatemala, Peru, Ethiopia and many other places. Have coffee on the spot or purchase beans to go.
Since many of the bars and venues that are worth a visit for the nightlife are located in the same area, locals usually start their nights out walking around Place de la Loge and enjoying not only the fresh air (especially in the summer), but also the vibrant atmosphere that Perpignan has to offer.
This music bar located in the heart of the city is the favourite evening venue for jazz lovers. Great local bands play every week, which makes coming here a good way to get to know the local music scene in a friendly yet elegant setting. May get crowded as the night progresses.
This is a small venue that can be considered not only a restaurant, but also a bar or nightclub. It´s not a particularly large venue, but it's still very popular with locals, and a Djs spin tunes twice a week. Bus Café is a great attraction for techno enthusiasts and cocktail-lovers.
Have a beer or a glass of wine (chosen from the great variety of drinks that you will find on the menu) and listening to some jazz or acoustic guitars sweetly playing (the kind of music always changes, so check the Facebook page before deciding when you want to give Vinochope a try.
Neon lights and lively atmosphere at this vibrant nightclub will entertain you, along with electro deep house music on Thursday, 80's hits on Friday and general clubbing music on Saturday. If you want to grab something to eat while partying, there are tapas, steaks, salads and much more.
A known French department store on Place de la Résistance, whose four floors of fashion and cosmetics are definitely a place to visit especially during the big sales seasons (January and June). From Armani to Calvin Klein, from Chanel to Clinique - find all your favorite brands under one roof.
This narrow and picturesque street is one of the most dynamic places in Perpignan. Check out Sala that specializes in the Collioure (a nearby popular coast resort) anchovies, or any of the little and charming aromatic shops, one of the reasons for Perpignan's popularity among visitors.
Shopping at outdoor markets is very popular among locals, and is a lively and picturesque affair. You could have a look at the Flea Market, held every Sunday on Avenue Palais des Exposition; the Art Market, every first Saturday on Allées Maillol; the Brocant Market, every Saturday at the same place or, finally, the bio market every Saturday on Place Rigaud.
The best way to enjoy shopping in this city is definitely just wandering around the city centre, without a particular destination, since one of the narrow streets you are likely to wander through on your way might just hide that specialty boutique you've been looking for. For example, rue Sant-Vicens is one of the best places to find the finest pottery, furniture and carpets, while rue des Anges or rue Alsace Lorraine have a series of boutiques like Celini, offering an interesting choice of designer clothing.
If you need to buy lots of items of different nature, then pay a visit to this shopping centre where you'll enjoy the convenience of having all you may need under one roof. Have a look at well-known chain stores such as Mango, H&M and Sephora and get something to eat at Flunch.
Perpignan is served by an international airport, Rivesaltes, located just 7 km north of the city. The cheapest and fastest way to get into the town is the shuttle service with Courriers Catalans (tel: +33 468 55 68 00) that takes approximately 15 minutes. The buses are more or less synchronized with the flights time schedule and you can purchase your bus ticket directly from the bus driver. There is also a taxi rank just outside the terminal, a faster, but more expensive way to get into the city (the trip, in this case, takes about 10 minutes).
The CTPM Bus Company runs an efficient network of public buses and shuttles. If you plan to travel to many places it´s more convenient to get a day pass. You can purchase tickets on board, at almost any press kiosk or at the Galerie Lafayette. In the Old Town, you can use the “P’tit bus” – a free shuttle that makes pick-ups around every 7 minutes, except Sunday and Bank holidays (from 7:45 am to 12:20 pm and from 1:15 pm to 7:40 pm).
Pharmacie De Mailloles 124-125 avenue Victor Dalbiez, Perpignan Tel: +33 468 54 74 88 www.pharmaciedemailloles.com Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2.30 pm to 7.30 pm Pharmacie Lamande 2 Avenue des Baléares, Perpignan +33 4 68 34 32 20 Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2.30 pm to 7.30 pm Other pharmacies are listed in local papers.