Perpignan (Perpinyà in catalan) is the capital of the department of Pyrénées-Orientales, the Northern Catalonia part of France and is situated about 15km from the sea. Perpignan is home to about 117 000 people, and has two rivers flowing through it; with the Têt to the north, and the Basse through the centre.
The main way to get around in Perpignan (due to its relatively small size) is by foot, but there are buses run by Compagnie Transports that go right through the city centre, and then further out, even going as far as Cabestany and Canet. Driving is also a good way to get about, with lots of underground parking in the city centre, but beware, during the summer and 'tourist season' there will be a lot of traffic, and few parking places left.
The Cathedral of St Jean was begun in 1324 and finished in 1509.
From the outside unimpressive but inside a formidable construction in the typical south French gothic style.
Be aware that Sundays the church is busy with one service after the other which makes it impossible to visit on this day if you don't want to sit through a whole service of 1 1/2 hours.
The 13th century castle of the kings of Majorca sits on the high citadel, surrounded by ramparts, reinforced for Louis XI and Charles V, which were updated in the 17th century by Louis XIV's military engineer Vauban.
Musée de l'aviation - created in 1976 by Mr NOETTINGER , this museum located at "Mas Palégry" gathers planes , models and hundreds of original pieces. Open from Monday afternoon to Saturday from April 1st to October 31st.
Spectator sports: Perpignan is one of France's rugby hotbeds, and boasts professional teams in both rugby codes:
USAP Perpignan — Plays rugby union (15 a side) in France's Top 14 competition, where it is frequently one of the strongest teams. Home ground is Stade Aimé Giral.
Dragons Catalans — Plays rugby league (13 a side) in Super League, where it is joined by 13 teams from England. Home ground is the recently renovated Stade Gilbert Brutus.
The centre of Perpignan is filled with lots of small boutiques, but there are also large stores such as the department store "Galeries Lafayette", and the small shopping centre "fnac".
Artapas, 28 Boulevard Georges Clemenceau, ☎ 04 68 53 15 06, . Not one of the apparently great tapas restaurants of the city. The boquerones and garlicky mussels were enjoyable but the pulpitos were inedible as they weren't fresh but frozen. Other dishes were forgettable including lomo, albondigas, grilled vegetables and pan tomate. Paella seemed popular as opposed to tapas menu. Slow service. €50 for 9 plates and one beer. (May 2015)€3-7 per plate. edit
PV-Holidays Port La Nouvelle +33 1 58 21 55 84, Located between Narbonne and Perpignan and just a matter of minutes from the Spanish border. Also a car-free residence. Has at least 15km of sandy beaches (1.2km). On-site activities, include two large swimming pools, three tennis courts, table tennis, a multi-sports area, sailing, cycling and a children's playground.
P&V Résidence Maeva Port Argelès +33 1 58 21 55 84, Argelès-sur-Mer is one of the major seaside resorts in the south of France (300 days of sunshine per year). The old and lively Catalan village is built around its church, and museum. Has private swimming pool, near the yachting marina, between sea and mountain, in the Port Argelès district. Located between two sand beaches
Villa Duflot, Rond Point Albert Donnezan, Serrat Den Vaquer (you will need a car since it is on the edge of the city among local highways), ☎ +33 (0)4 68 56 67 67 (email@example.com, fax: +33 (0)4 68 56 54 05), . checkin: 3PM-midnight; checkout: noon. €120-160. edit
Chateau La Tour Apollinaire, 15 rue Guillaume Apollinaire, ☎ +33 (0)4 68 64 45 72 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . checkin: 4PM-midnight; checkout: noon. A luxury oasis with pool set in exotic gardens.€100-150. edit
Perpignan is a relatively safe city compared to larger and more populous ones. However, the districts of Saint-Jacques should be visited with caution, and ideally never on one’s own, or while wearing jewellery (or other signs of wealth).