Located in the deep south of France, Perpignan is the capital of the Pyrénées Orientales. Its geographical and cultural identity is turned naturally to Spanish Catalonia since it's a border city, looking out onto the Mediterranean coast and the highest mountains of the French Pyrenees at once. Perpignan is a busy place greatly influenced by Mediterranean cultures and benefiting from 2500 hours of sun per year – no wonder Salvador Dali saw it as the “Centre of the World”.


Most shops are open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, but smaller shops may close at lunchtime (from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm). Stores are usually closed on Sunday and public holidays, except for annual sales events.

The City

“Catalan Perpignan” used to be the capital of French Catalonia from the 10th to the 17th century and reached its Golden Age as the capital of the Kingdom of Majorca. The main elements of its heritage were created in this pinnacle period, and many of the city's architectural landmarks date back to those times. Due to its geographic position, the city is undoubtedly one of the centres of the Catalan, Roman and Mediterranean cultures - something that is clearly traceable through its language and traditions. Perpignan has always gathered people from different origins, creating an eclectic blend of ethnicities within the city limits. The Palace of Kings de Majorque will give you a glimpse of a Kingdom that once existed in Majorca. The Old Town is well-preserved with its original historic character still intact. There, you will certainly enjoy nice and relaxing walks discovering the city’s roots. Perpignan is also a modern and vibrant city, a great destination warmly welcoming international visitors. The city is always changing and the gourmets will also enjoy its excellent southern gastronomy.

Do & See

There are many things to do and see in Perpignan including cathedrals, castles, thermal springs and museums. For those who fancy active pursuits, the region offers a wide range of challenging outdoor activities – skiing, hiking or nautical sports.

In Perpignan, the food has Catalan influences and is always accompanied by great regional wines. Among the most popular items are snails smothered in garlic, salted smoked hams, and richly stuffed sausages - all to be sampled. Of course, fresh Mediterranean-style seafood is also available. The Old Town is stashed with lively venues. Quai Vauban (besides the canal) attracts those who look for a more romantic evening. Restaurants often offer good value set menus (carte du jour), but reservations may be necessary.

The City Map

Things to do in the city
Explore the different options in the area
Palace Of Kings of Majorca
St Jean-baptist Cathedral
Musée Hyacinthe Riguad
Loge De Mer (Town Hall)
Casa Xanxo
Around Perpignan
Musée des Poupée Bella (Doll Museum)
Natural History Museum
Campo Santo et Chapelle De La Funeraria
Jardin de Sant-Vicens
Couvent Des Minimes
Centre de Sculpture Romane
Les massages d'Alice