Honda Dealer - Coll SA
Excellent service when I limped in with a rear tye soggy and full of emergency seal after a ride from the Franco-Spanish border. Even though they had plenty of work, they dropped everytihng to help a visitir out and soon had a new tyre fitted and ready to go in a short time.
1085, avenue d'Espagne
Tél : 04 68 85 17 25
Fax : 04 68 85 27 67
whether you get there by car or train you will find a beautiful little paradise of friendly people ,wonderful eats incredible art & shopping!and if you want to stay a nite or 2,have i got a recomendation for you!
Crossroad to Espagne
The main street from the Gare (trainstation) to the Centre Ville (downtown) is just full of Kebab places! Thats the first thing i noticed about Perpignan. Ofcourse I had to have one during at least one of my stays in the city! It wasnt too bad, i had garlic breath the whole day! Haha.
"A different kind of French France!"
I was reminded a lot of... maybe Spain? We were in France but it didn't feel too much like France. The people were a bit different, the food were all kebab, the parks were drier,.. it was just a different feeling. It was extremely pleasant, however!
We have just returned from another visit to our son in Perpignan, we left Paris in the snow, 5 hours later we got off the TGV into a beautiful warm & sunny afternoon. The journey down was the most comfortable train ride I have ever had. We were on the top deck of the train, loads of leg room, good buffet service. Fast spend to Montpelier, then slower for all the local stations. Passed through part of the Camargue, saw flamingos & black bulls.
Stayed in a nice hotel just the other side of the park in middle of town. Even went to the beach (in February). Actually my son says it is just getting hotter & sunnier, last week it was 24.7degrees, although not such good news for the local ski industry.
"Cake, Castles & Chocolates"
As with most French towns there are plenty of wonderful patisseries, and chocolate shops. We had lovely almond croissants & coffee for breakfast in one rather than the standard hotel breakfast. There is also a chololatier that specialises in making chocs that look just like the polished pink granite paving stones of Perpignan. Very crunchy on the outside and full of fantastic dark creamy praline. Will let you know the name & address when I remember to ask my son. They also travel well in the post and don't melt easily in the heat.
The Castell or Spanish Gate, once the gateway from Span into France sits right in the middle of town, haven't yet found any chocolate versions. The pretty canal runs alongside and this is lined with cafes & bars where you can watch the world go by. The gardens along the canal are very pretty, probably because no one is allowed to walk in them
We had been inside the cathedral before but never gone through a side door that took us to the cloistered area which I think is called the cemetery of St. John. At the far end was another church that appeared to be a gallery of some sort. Both the cathedral with it's beautiful windows and the little church with its modern window are worth a visit.
In a tiny little square, but you will be surprised by it's inside size. It's also nice to just wander around the tiny streets.
from the centre of town there is a wonderful view of the mountains. I think this one is probably Canigou, the highest in this part of the pyrenees. We went part way up in September and normally in February it would be covered in snow.
Also the main tourist info. centre can be found here, look for Boulevard Wilson and the Art Deco Cinema, curently being restored.