Palais des Rois de Majorque
Palais de la Députation
The Palais de la Députation was once the seat of the local parliament.
Hôtel de Ville
The Hôtel de Ville has a typically Roussillon pebbled facade of river stones. Pass by on summer weekends and you may see locals of all...
Place de la Loge
Three fine stone structures flank place de la Loge. Fourteenth-century Le Loge de Mer , rebuilt during the Renaissance, was once...
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Les Frères Mossés
Warm colours, tinkling jazz and walls covered in vintage signs give this cosy place the air of an old-time Parisian bistro. It’s a great...
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Palais des Rois de Majorque information
Perpignan’s most dominant monument, the Palace of the Kings of Mallorca sprawls over a huge area to the south of the old town. Built in 1276, the castle was later refortified with massive red-brick walls by Louis XIV's military engineer, Vauban. These days the star-shaped citadel is sparsely furnished, but its great battlements and strategic defences still give a sense of the Mallorcan kings’ might. Views from the ramparts stretch over Perpignan’s terracotta rooftops to the coast.
Built in a mix of late Romanesque and Gothic styles, the castle is arranged around three courtyards, with a system of ramps, pinch points and ramparts providing a formidable defensive layout. The central courtyard, with its twin arcaded tiers, clearly shows the influence of Spanish architecture, and the complex would once have enclosed extensive fig and olive groves, lost once Vauban’s formidable citadel walls enclosed the palace.