Nestled in the foothills of the awe-inspiring Pyrenees mountain range, Perpignan is a cultural melting point that retains a strong Catalan heritage and exudes just as much of a Spanish feel as it does French. Think colourful buildings, narrow medieval streets and an outdoorsy carnival vibe and you’ll understand why Salvador Dali saw it as the “Centre of the World” and those in the know are crowning it the holiday destination du jour. Oh, and did we mention it sees over 2500 hours of sunshine a year? If that’s not a reason enough to get booking your cheap flights to Perpignan today we don’t know what is.
Flight frequency: Weekly
Currency: EUR (€)
Bohemians, artists and those with a love of the great outdoors flock to the city of Perpignan to enjoy its unique blend of Catalan and French influences, its stunning geographical location and the endless sunshine that infuses the area with a feel-good ambience. With such a diverse range of things to see and do, its little wonder the city is gaining notoriety as tourist destination for those who want to enjoy a similar city break as you would in Barcelona, without the crowds and amped up prices. Just like its cultural scene, Perpignan’s cuisine is also rich, flavoursome and diverse and makes it a hot favourite with food enthusiasts. If you visit in summer you can expect the city to come alive with entertainment, dining and pretty much everything taking place outdoors, whilst the winter months see a calm settle that makes enjoying all it has to offer just as much of a pleasure.
Local cuisine in Perpignan is heavily influenced by its Catalan roots, and as a result dishes such as garlic snails, richly stuffed sausages and salty hams are to be found at every turn. Take advantage of the city’s sunny weather and enjoy al fresco dining at any one of the brasseries and authentic eateries that pepper the city streets, with the chefs at L’assiette Catalane masters of traditional fare and Casa Sansa offering an exciting menu served in a bustling dining area. The city’s nightlife undoubtedly reaches its peak during the summer months, but all year round it’s possible to drink in style, especially around Place de la Loge. Head to Café Republique for drinks with locals in the know, or dance the night away at La Habana Bodéguita where cocktails are served alongside salsa music.
Located in the city centre, Rue des Anges or Rue Alsace Lorraine have a plethora of boutiques such as Celini, offering a wide range of luxury pieces and designer clothing. For a place that suits every budget make a trip to the famous Galleries Lafayette department store, situated on Place de la Résistance. Here you’ll find four floors filled with shops selling fashion, beauty and lifestyle items. Elsewhere, Rue Paratilla is always a hit with foodies, and bargain hunters won’t fail to enjoy the flea market which takes place every Sunday on Avenue Palais des Exposition, or the art market, every first Saturday on Allées Maillol. In terms of souvenirs or trinkets that sum up the city, your best bet is to take home handcrafted pottery or textiles from The Maison Quinta on rue Grande des Fabriques Perpignan, that take inspiration form the city’s rich and colourful Catalan history.
Kick off your trip with a visit to Palais des Rois de Majorque - 'The Palace of the Kings Of Majorca' is arguably Perpignan’s most famed monument and what’s left of its battlements paints a rich historical picture, whilst one of the excellent guided tours is well worth doing to delve deeper. Other buildings of interest include Cathédrale St-Jean and Casa Xanxon – one of the only gothic houses preserved in the city. If museums are more your thing then book in a trip to Centre de Sculpture Romane for amazing art history or Le Castillet for traditional folklore tales. If you’re suitably cultured out than never fear, as adrenaline junkies will also find plenty to amuse them with skiing, water sports and challenging hiking trails easily accessible.
IATA code: PGF
Name: Perpignan–Rivesaltes Airport
Address: Avenue Maurice Bellonte, 66000 Perpignan, France
Telephone: +33 4 68 52 60 70
There are plenty of places you can leave your car at the airport, whether for a quick drop off or longer period of time. Parking is charged by time, and there are a number of different tariffs so you’re sure to find one that accommodates your needs.
Perpignan airport operates a shuttle system that runs regularly and stops off at a number of other destinations.
Taxis can be arranged at the main terminal to take you onwards to your final destination.
Once you’ve departed your flight, why not continue your journey by heading to the main terminal to rent a car for the duration of your stay. With a host of big name brands offering competitive prices including Avis, you’re sure to find a vehicle to suit your needs.