Destination Guide: Perpignan
Picturesque France with Spanish flavour
French Perpignan is tucked away near the border of Spain
and encapsulates the best of both French and Catalan culture.
Amble around bustling pedestrian streets in the Catalan old
town for a vibrant multi-cultural experience combining
culture, shopping and eating.
Food and Drink
Sun-drenched Mediterranean dining on Catalan
delights. Easygoing alfresco restaurant terraces serve
fresh fish and seafood from the Mediterranean Sea.
Catalan-style dishes often include aïoli, octopus, Serrano
ham and peppers. Enjoy a mouth-watering snack of snails or
tartines of fresh anchovies.
Rue Llucia is the place to find Moroccan and Algerian
couscous and tagine dishes, and drink mint tea.
Sightseeing and relaxation
A vibrant old town and centuries of Catalan
history. Enjoy a coffee at a palm-shaded café on
Place Arago, then feed your soul at the magnificent
Gothic St Jean cathedral. See the Catalan
sardane dance at
Place de la Loge on a Sunday morning and admire the
Venetian arches of 14th-century building,
Loge de Mer.
Track down local fabrics and jewellery. The narrow
Rue de l’Ange are perfect for shopping. Browse the chic
or pick up something unique such as local Pyrenean garnet
jewellery or colourful Catalan-patterned tablecloths and
bedspreads. Visit the Sunday market on
Place Cassanyes to experience the exotic colours,
sounds and smells of North Africa.
Nightlife and Entertainment
Relax in a café or enjoy local live music. Sit back on
a balmy evening with a glass of the local wine, Muscat de
Rivesaltes, on the café terraces of
Place Arago, Place Gambetta and along the River Basse.
On Thursday nights in July and August, a vibrant
street festival takes over the town with open-air
theatre, music and markets.