Perpignan is a city in the South of France, with a rich history, full of character, food and culture and great transport links, it is easy to see why it is becoming increasingly popular for weekend breaks.
Perpignan’s old town is the main reason why visitors are flocking to this little slice of French Catalonia. Located near the Spanish border, the town retains a strong Catalan influence. Cheapflights.co.uk offers a range of flights to Perpignan.
In the city centre, almost separating old Perpignan from the new is Le Castillet. This impressive turret was a fourteenth century gateway to the city. For just a few Euros visitors can marvel at the views and also visit the Catalan Museum of Popular Arts.
Cathedrale St Jean is one of the most striking buildings in Perpignan, originating in the fourteenth century; the cathedral offers visitors beautiful Catalan ornaments and a wooden crucifix.
Another excellent vantage point is the Palace of the Kings of Majorca, which overlooks Perpignan. Well worth the climb, parts of the Palace date back to the thirteenth century. Before turning around and starting the walk back down to the town, visitors should catch their breath under the palm trees outside the Palace, and admire the views. On a clear day the Pyrenees are visible.
Visitors coming down from the Palace will find themselves in the Arab Quarter, a much less touristy section of the old town. Sample a North African coffee or kebab to reenergise. Or visit the daily markets in Place Joseph Cassanyes.
Finally after a long day of exploring Perpignan, visitors simply must relax and enjoy the coming together of two of the best European cuisines. Catalan tapas and traditional French dishes feature strongly as does infamous local ingredients such as olives and figs. Seafood is also hugely popular in Perpignan, thanks to the city’s proximity to the coast. Duck and other poultry dishes are also served in this little slice of Catalonia.
The town is also a rugby stronghold. Both union and league rugby is played in the town. USA Perpignan regularly graces the Heineken Cup, while the Catalan Dragons play in the UK Super League. Attend a game and experience this unique town’s passion for both codes.