|The historic red-brick city of Perpignan is situated just a short drive away from both the Mediterranean coast and the Spanish border and is framed by the impressive snow-capped mountains of the Pyrenees. This unique southern city with its ancient medieval palace and its bustling city centre also has brilliant transport links to Ireland and is only a 20 minute drive from Siblu’s sunny southern holiday park, Mar Estang.|
Perpignan at a glance
Things to see and do in and around Perpignan
Palace of the Kings of Majorca
If you only have time to visit one of Perpignan’s sites, choose the Palace of the Kings of Majorca. This impressive palace complex complete with courtyards, gardens, bedrooms, banquet halls, bedrooms, chapels and galleries dates back to the 13th century. Opt for a guided tour and discover the fascinating history of the ‘Kingdom of Mallorca’ which encompassed areas that today are parts of France and Spain. The palace is situated on a hill and its views over the city and out to the mountains are unrivalled.
Food & drink
The historic centre of Perpignan is filled with bustling, winding streets with a range of characterful stores and food shops. In particular make sure you check out the famous Rue Paratilla and the covered market at Les Halles Vauban. Catalan culture is still very present in Perpignan (you will notice that street signs are in both French and Catalan) and there is no need to cross the border into Spain to enjoy delicious tapas. Choose a table on a terrace and sit back to enjoy sampling the southern pace of life.
History & architecture
The Palace may be the most obvious historical site to visit, but Perpignan is full of other historical and architectural gems. Another iconic and ancient piece of architecture in the city centre is the striking red-brick ‘castillet’ building. Now containing a museum, this tower structure consists of an ancient fortification and part of the ancient city door. For a moment of calm, take a wander around the Cathédrale Saint-Jean, which boasts some very impressive stained glass windows. Another must-visit site is the Campo Santo, the oldest and largest surviving medieval cemetery still surviving in France.
Getting to Perpignan from Mar Estang holiday park
Distance & driving time from Le Conguel