Perpignan Travel Guide

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Perpignan Things to Do

  • Catalan -French quarter

    You cannot leave Perpignan without being in the Old City. You really feel the atmosphere of Catalania as well as elegant French architecture. Take time and enjoy.

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  • The Loge de Mer

    "First we’d visited a mansion that had free entry but that was only to the main entrance because most of the building was closed for some indiscernible reason. I say indiscernible because the lady babbled rapidly in French even though we’d already established the fact that I only understood English."The place dates from 1397 but has been...

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  • Visit the castle

    Palais des Rois de Majorque (Palace of the Kings of Majorca)The palace / castle was built originally in 1276 and is very different from your typical French chateau of the period. That is because this was not France in 1276. It is easy to see the Spanish influence here.There is information in English on opening and closing times and prices here:...

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  • A day on 'Le Train Jaune'

    I've visited the Pyrenees Orientale frequently over the past 6 years or so and have always wanted to take a trip on the famous "Train Jaune". Well, this year we finally dedicated a day for the experience. What an absolute waste of our time and money!!The cabins were overcrowded and overly hot having no aircon and this was only made worse by the...

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  • Views of the City

    Near the Cathedral is where the center of the modern city is located and just North of that is the Castillet. The second important church of the city is a ways east of the city center, that of St. Jacques.

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  • The Upper Chapel Has Decorations

    A few decorations are in the Upper Chapel that make it more interesting. There is an old wooden altar with small paintings and Ivory inlays as well as small carvings on the Gothic lower vault and at the center. Elsewhere unrestored sculptures await display that have never been set out.

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Perpignan Restaurants

  • A pleasant and interesting corner

    Its just next to the entrance to the Old City. You can stop here before your promenade aroung the Old City. You can observe people while sipping a delicious cup of coffee. coffee, mineral water

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  • Don't miss the lebanese cuisine

    Transportation of the paving stone of Castillet to the Country of the Sun, so much by the reception, the decoration that what you enjoy, the voyage is assured. I have ever found a kitchen Lebanese also authentic and copier. A treat for the eyes and the papillae. To find a good restaurant, in full centre town with the range of all the purses, this...

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  • Don't miss the lebanese cuisine

    Transportation of the paving stone of Castillet to the Country of the Sun, so much by the reception, the decoration that what you enjoy, the voyage is assured. I have ever found a kitchen Lebanese also authentic and copier. A treat for the eyes and the papillae. To find a good restaurant, in full centre town with the range of all the purses, this...

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  • Great menu

    We go to this restaurant every year and have never been let down, The steak is amazing, duck, pork and chicken equally as accomplished. Sit at a balcony table in the summer months for a true Catalan experience. Steak (you could cut it with a plastic spoon)

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  • French & Local, Unique & Exotic

    Le Gastro serves both French-Catalan cuisine and exotic meats so it has some versatility in its menu. Although not cheap, I found the food to be marvellous. Open 12:00 - 2:30 and 19:00 - 12:00We found this restaurant to be a friendly one, operated by a man and wife, the husband speaking at least some English, a rarity. oddly enough, it seems to be...

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  • The freshest fish I've ever tasted

    The restaurant is mainly frequented by visitors to the Gottes de Clamouse as it's way up in the mountains with not much other passing traffic. fresh trout from the trout pool beside the restaurant.

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Perpignan Nightlife

  • La K Bane, otherwise known as...

    La K Bane, otherwise known as 'The Bacardi Bar'This white wooden bar is only open in the summer, but looks like all my favourite beach bars have ever looked, except its not on the beach its on a pedestrian street just back from the beach. Great holiday atmosphere for young adults. Free shooters if you drink enough, you know the sort of...

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  • Le Pub

    This originally named Irish bar has to be paid a visit. It's quite a small place but reet friendly and all the staff seem to speak perfect English, especially Alex the landlord. Open all year round. Reasonable prices. None.

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  • Moomba Karaoke!!

    This is a great bar, open all year round, with a great atmosphere and karaoke songs available in french, english and spanish (a few in german too I recollect?) The owner speaks great english and is a fantastic bloke called Didier. It's open 8.30 to 2am every night. No dress code, don't be silly, this is a seaside town!

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Perpignan Transportation

  • Bus from Girona airport to Perpignan

    Perpignan airport is fairly small and flights are really expensives therefore the best way to reach it is to go to Girona airport and then take a bus to reack Perpignan.I took the Frogbus bus and i saved quite a lot on my trip. The bus ride lasts a little less than 1 h 30. Here is a site that gives some information about those buses:...

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  • By train from Barcelona

    Taking the train from Barcelona to Perpignan was very easy and affordable. The trip took us approx 4 hours as we had an hour layover at the border waiting for the French train to arrive.

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  • GO!

    You can arrive to Perpingnan by train, by car or byair, but the most usual is by car. The city is very well connected to the french roads and it´s not far from important places like Barcelona or Toulouse.The car and the train , and don´t forget the bus, arethe best way to go around Perpignan. If you travel with your own car you could visit places...

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Perpignan Local Customs

  • The Band

    Wehappened across this group while we were strolling the esplanade. They weren't that great of musicians, but they relly looked like they were having fun. Quite a few people stopped to watch them. If you look closely you can see that several are in light costume, such a devil's horns on their heads, odd caps and such.

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  • Catalan

    Although I'm not sure where the borders of Catalonian culture and language end, it seems that Perpignan has something of the Catalan tradition. Frequently, you see the Catalan flag, and many shops offer Catalan specialties. Even though you are under the tricolor, there are many tapas bars.Catalan culture seems to be presented slightly differently...

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  • A visit to the city of...

    A visit to the city of Perpignan open you a doorto start the knowledge of two cultures which hadin Perpignan and its surrounding areas many importance,one, the world of the catars, is the history of thousand of people who died for their mystic andbeatiful ideas against a kind of religion buildbetween gold and misery......The other culture still is...

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Perpignan Warnings and Dangers

  • pick pockets & muggers

    Not a major problem to as with all cities watch your valuables. My son has been approached and asked for a Euro to get home, the man then asked to see his wallet when my son said he had no money on him. The obvious thing to happen if you fall for this is that the wallet is snatched. Eventually the guy left my son alone, perhaps because his French...

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  • Poo. Lots of poo. Mind the dog...

    Poo. Lots of poo. Mind the dog poo in Perpignan. Not so bad in Canet Plage. If you're lucky you'll see '***man', the guy on the motorbike whose job it is to suck up the poo with a hoover type attachment. Amusing.

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  • THE............

    This is not a warning and not a danger at all, but youmust walk carrefully for the all narrow streets in theold center: There are many dog excrements!!!. Everybody knows that in France threre are more dogs than people. I like dogs very much, but I don´t like at all what people allow to them. Perpinyà is so many beatiful to have such a streets......

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Perpignan What to Pack

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    by almogaver Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Here you are going to visit a city, perhaps you don´t
    need anythink special if you rest on the city, but don´t forget you could go many places where it could
    be better you take good shoes and a raincoat.

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Perpignan Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit the Center of the World

    According to Salvador Dali's calculations the Perpignan Central Railway Station (La Gare de Perpignan) is the Center of the World. I have no doubt about it because I felt extremely centered and balanced when I visited it. Although we drove to Perpignan and didn't arrive there by train, we made an extra trip to the Central Railway Station, as we...

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  • Etang de Canet et de st. Nazaire

    At the south end of the beach at Canet Plage is a nature reserve, a salt marsh. Much smaller than those north of Perpignan going towards Narbonne. If you are lucky you may glimpse sight of some flamingos. We didn't get a close luck but saw some in the distance. There are bird hides around the site as there are other birds to spot. There are also...

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  • Gorges Galamus

    Just outside St Paul de Fenouille, on the D117. well worth a trip, the is a hermatige on the gorge give yourself about hour to walk down to it and to look around. The drive along the gorge is tight, don't try it in a camper van you will get stuck. Very close to a number of castles, see main page.

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Perpignan Sports & Outdoors

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    Le Club Union Sportive Arlequins Perpignan a été créé en 1933 de la fusion de l'A.S.P. fondé en 1902 (Champion de France 1914), devenu l'U.S.P. en 1919 (Champion de France 1921 et 1925), avec le Club des Arlequins Perpignanais. Dans le département des Pyrénées-Orientales, le Rugby a toujours été et plus qu'ailleurs, le sport majeur ainsi que le porte-drapeau de toute une culture, de toute une région. Il se pratiquait (et se pratique toujours) à chaque niveau, dans toutes les écoles, lycées et universités. Dans le département, la 1ère équipe a été formée en 1882.
    L'USAP est le seul, avec 4 ou 5 Clubs Français, à s'être toujours maintenu en 1ère division. L'USAP, depuis le début, est le 1er Club de son Département tout sport confondu. L'USAP en chiffres, c'est 14 équipes au total dont une Ecole de Rugby de plus de 200 jeunes, soit un Club de plus de 500 licenciés. L'USAP, c'est aussi plus de 7.000 spectateurs par match, 2.700 abonnés, 9 clubs de supporters et 1 club d'anciens joueurs comprenant 700 membres.

    Equipment: The Club Union Sportswoman Harlequin Perpignan has been created in 1933 the fusion of the A.S.P. founds in 1902 (Champion of France 1914), become the U.S.P. in 1919 (Champion of France 1921 and 1925), with the Club of the Harlequin Perpignanais. In the department of the Pyrenees-Orientals, the Rugby was always and more than elsewhere, the major sport as well as the standard bearer of a whole culture, of a whole region. It was practiced (and be practiced always) to every level, in all schools, high schools and universities. In the department, the 1st team has been formed in 1882.
    The USAP is the only one, with 4 or 5 Clubs French, to be maintained itself always in 1st division. The USAP, since the beginning, is the 1st Club of its Department all disconcerted sport. The USAP in numbers, it is 14 teams to the total of which a School of Rugby of more than 200 young, either a Club of more than 500 bachelors. The USAP, it is also more than 7.000 spectators by match, 2.700 subscribers, 9 clubs of supporters and 1 former player club understanding 700 members.

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Perpignan Favorites

  • Check the tourist office for local...

    We enjoy visiting the southwest of France and have found various Passes offered by the local tourist industry. Once when in the Perpignan area with our eldest daughter, we bought Cathar Passes featuring discounts on the many Cathar sites in Languedoc-Roussillon. We had lots of fun trying to visit all of the sites. We didn’t quite make it but had...

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  • 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.Coll S.A1085, avenue d'Espagne66000 Perpignan Tél : 04 68 85 17 25Fax : 04...

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  • The Campo Santo

    Le CLOÎTRE CIMETIERE SAINT-JEAN ou CAMPO SANTOCet édifice a été construit à l'initiative de l'abbé Guillaume Jorda entre 1300 et 1330. Le bâtiment actuel se compose de 4 galeries d'environ 54 mètres de long chacune, et abrite sur 3 côtés une série d'enfeus taillés dans le calcaire marbrier de Baixas. Les 4 galeries du cloître étaient primitivement...

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