Cheap flights to Perpignan depart from London Stansted Airport and Manchester Airport. Some flights to Perpignan may be available from other regional airports around the UK. Flights to Perpignan will arrive at Perpignan Rivesaltes Airport. Shuttle bus services provide connections between the airport and Perpignan Railway Station. Shuttles depart from the area just outside the Arrivals hall. Taxis are also available outside the terminal for journeys to Perpignan town centre and other destinations.
It is easy to get around the centre of Perpignan on foot or by bicycle. Bicycles can be rented from BIP bicycle stands in various locations. Buses operated by CTPM (Compagnie de Transport Perpignan Mediteranee) serve the city centre and surrounding areas. Single tickets can be purchased from the driver on board the bus. Sets of multiple tickets are available from selected newsagents and some shops around Perpignan. Le P’tit Bus is a free minibus service for journeys around the town centre. Taxis are readily available throughout Perpignan, and can be easily flagged down in the street. Trains from other destinations in France are available from the Gare du Perpignan.
Perpignan, with its interesting mix of French and Catalan cultures, is a wonderful destination for a quiet city break. Enjoy a stroll through the pedestrianised town centre and visit the striking Perpignan Cathedral. The cathedral features a mix of architectural styles, a result of centuries of extending and rebuilding. Just behind the cathedral is the Campo Santo, a beautifully preserved cloister cemetery. The Palais des Rois de Majorque is unmissable on its regal perch atop a hill overlooking the city. Built in the 13th century, the palace was the seat of the rulers of Majorca. Explore the palace’s gardens, or climb the Tour de l’Hommage for splendid views of the neighbouring Pyrenees range. Explore Le Castillet, once the main gate of the old town’s fortified walls. The little museum within – the Casa Pairal – has exhibits of Catalan folklore and culture.
Rue Paratilla is renowned for the many fragrant shops that line its short length. Locals flock here to purchase herbs and spices, dried fruits and cured meats. Visit the weekly flea market on Avenue Palais des Expositions to search through bric-a-brac and antiques. A branch of the French department store Galeries Lafayette is located on Place de la Resistance. Enjoy fine French food at La Chapon Fin, an elegant restaurant set in the Park Hotel. Casa Sansa is popular restaurant offering hearty Catalan dishes. Stop at the lively La Habana Bodeguita for cocktails and salsa, or relax with a nightcap at the Republic Café.
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