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Perpignan

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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 100,000 people, and has two rivers flowing through it; with the Têt to the north, and the Basse through the centre. This article also covers Argelès-sur-Mer, one of the major seaside resorts in the south of France (300 days of sunshine per year). That old and lively Catalan village is built around its church and museum.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

  • Autoroute A9, from north (France) and south (Spain)
  • D 914 (ex RN114)
  • From Andorra, N116.

By plane[edit]

Girona[edit]

By train[edit]

  • 2 Gare de Perpignan. The station held major importance for Salvador Dalí, who proclaimed it "the center of the universe" and made a painting of it. As for travel, it sits along the first and thus far (2017) only standard gauge connection between Spain and France, served by French TGV and Spanish AVE bookable through RENFE and SNCF at rather affordable rates if you book early. Gare de Perpignan on Wikipedia Perpignan railway station (Q2283118) on Wikidata

By bus[edit]

  • Eurolines : 04 68 34 11 46 - 10, avenue du Général de Gaulle (close to the railway station); www.eurolines.fr
  • DeinBus serves Perpignan from stations as far away as Germany
  • German bus-behemoth Flixbus serves Perpignan

Get around[edit]

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.

By bike[edit]

There is shared bike system called BIP!. It has around 15 stations, for example at place de Catalogne and next to the train station. A weekly subscription is €1, with the first 30 minutes of each ride being for free. It can be bought at http://wap.bip-perpignan.fr, after which you can retrieve a bike with an ID and the password you provided. Watch out! The text message you receive containing the ID and password has been known to switch those (should be fairly obvious). Also, don't include the leading zeros when entering the ID.

See[edit]

  • The cathedral of St Jean was begun in 1324 and finished in 1509.
  • 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.

Do[edit]

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 12 teams from England and one from Wales. Home ground is Stade Gilbert Brutus.

The festival Sant Joan is not to be missed.

Buy[edit]

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".

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • Premiere Classe Perpignan, Chemin Du Mas Palegry Rn9 (42.659715,2.883862), +33 892 707 134, fax: +33 4 68 54 24 24. Check-in: 13:30-0:00, check-out: 11:00-11:30. €34-47.
  • Best Hotel Perpignan, 900, Avenue D'espagne. Check-in: 15:00-22:00, check-out: 7:00-12:00. €45-60.
  • [dead link] Mas Camps, D117, Maury (2km after you leave Estagel directly on the D117), +33 4 68 29 10 77, fax: +44 870 123 1690, e-mail: . Check-in: 15:00-22:00, check-out: 8:00-11:00. €34-70.
  • Tropic, Route D'Opoul. Check-in: 0:00-0:00, check-out: 11:00-0:00. €35-51.
  • Victoria, 57 Avenue Maréchal Joffre. Check-in: 16:00-20:00, check-out: 11:00-11:00. €44-62.
  • Hotel Aragon, 17 Avenue Gilbert Brutus. Check-in: 14:00-0:00, check-out: 0:00-11:00. €45-64.
  • Comfort Inn Perpignan Aéroport, Avenue Du Languedoc Espace Polygone.. Check-in: 12:00-0:00, check-out: 0:00-12:00. €48-84.
  • Campanile Perpignan, 12 Rue Alphonse Laveran, Lot. Porte D'espagne. Check-in: 16:00-23:00, check-out: 0:00-11:00. €49-70.
  • myerpignan, Centre of Perpignan, +33468350496. Check-in: 14:00-0:00, check-out: 10:00-11:30. €40-75.
  • ibis Perpignan Centre, 16 Cours Lazare Escarguel, +33 4-68356262. €55-75.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Arcantis Hotel Mondial, 40 boulevard Clémenceau, +33 4 68 34 23 45, fax: +33 4 68 34 55 07. Check-in: 14:00-0:00, check-out: 0:00-12:00. €53-80.
  • Hotel De France, 26 Quai Sadi Carnot. Check-in: 14:00-0:00, check-out: 11:00-12:00. €45-70.
  • Hôtel New Christina, 51 Cours Lassus. Check-in: 17:00-0:00, check-out: 0:00-12:00. €60-100.
  • Kyriad Perpignan Centre, 8, Boulevard Wilson. Check-in: 16:00-23:00, check-out: 0:00-11:00. €69-95.
  • 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. Has private swimming pool, near the yachting marina, between sea and mountain, in the Port Argelès district. Located between two sand beaches

Splurge[edit]

  • 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 4 68 56 67 67, fax: +33 4 68 56 54 05, e-mail: . Check-in: 3PM-midnight, check-out: noon. €120-160.

Stay safe[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).

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