Top things to do in Perpignan

Top Choice Palace in Perpignan

Palais des Rois de Majorque

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 XI…
Top Choice Market in Perpignan

Halles Vauban

If only every market was like this. Renovated and now a temple to fresh local produce, this is the kind of place where you pop in for a pastry and emerge an hour later with charcuterie, ripe fruit, desserts and five…
Bar in Perpignan

Ben Aqui

It might not look much from the outside but trust us: Ben Aqui is a wonderful and soulful place to have some great local tipples (from €3) and excellent traditional tapas (from €5) in a lively atmosphere.
Cathedral in Perpignan

Cathédrale St-Jean

Perpignan’s old town has several intriguing churches, but the most impressive is the Cathédrale St-Jean, begun in 1324 and not completed until 1509. Topped by a Provençal wrought-iron bell cage, the cathedral has a …
Museum in Perpignan

Musée d'Art Hyacinthe Rigaud

Occupying two elegant hôtels particuliers (private mansions) right in the historical centre, this museum was entirely renovated in 2017 and now ranks as the city's leading cultural institution. The galleries are spl…
Square in Perpignan

Place de la Loge

Three fine stone structures flank place de la Loge. The 14th-century La Loge de Mer was rebuilt during the Renaissance; it was once Perpignan’s stock exchange, then its maritime tribunal. Sandwiched between it and t…
Gate in Perpignan

Le Castillet & Musée Casa Païral

Like many medieval towns, Perpignan was once encircled by defensive walls. Today all that remains is the red-brick town gate of Le Castillet, at the northern end of the old town. Inside the gateway is the Casa Païra…
Bar in Perpignan

La Fabrik

Local Roussillon wines, French and Spanish beers, rum cocktails and classic Spanish tapas are served inside this cavernous bar and restaurant with gorgeous tiled floors, and on its glass-screened, umbrella-shaded pa…
Italian in Perpignan

Spaghetteri Aldo

International rugby stars fuel up on the ultra-fresh homemade pasta dishes (incorporating 20 pasta styles) at this authentic wood-beamed Italian restaurant. Favourites include ravioli, gnocchi, lasagne and tagliatel…
Wine in Perpignan

Nuit et Fête du Vin Primeur

On the third Thursday in October, a barrel of the year’s new wine is ceremoniously paraded through the streets to Cathédrale St-Jean to be blessed. Wine tasting (accompanied by local charcuterie) later takes place a…