Perpignan, France

Perpignan Self Catering Holiday Homes - Villas Perpignan

Perpignan is the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. Perpignan, located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, is found 15km inland from the Languedoc coast, north of the border with Spain.

In 1963 Salvador Dali declared that Perpignan’s train station was the centre of the world! There is a plaque commemorating his legendary words – it was here he believed he got most of his ideas! When you holiday in Perpignan today, you’ll discover it's a very pleasant French town. If you rent a self-catering holiday home in Perpignan you won’t fail to notice that its connection with Spain is alive everywhere – even street names are in both French and Catalan.

Perpignan is an ideal location to also explore the western Pyrenees, visit the Cathar castles, and also enjoy the Languedoc beaches. The closest beach to Perpignan is at Canet Plage, which is just east of the town.

Stay in Perpignan holiday rental villas and explore numerous treasures including: the 13th century Palace of the Kings of Majorca which sits on the high citadel, surrounded by ramparts. The cathedral of St. John the Baptist, which was begun in 1324 and finished in 1509. Be sure to explore the narrow alleys around the cathedral in the Arab Quarter, for a taste of a different Perpignan. The part of the town between the 14th century entrance gate at Castillet and the Place de la Loge, and then south to the Palace of the Kings of Majorca, is particularly interesting - there are several attractive medieval buildings dotted around this central section well worth a visit when renting holiday accommodation in Perpignan, France.

Since 2004, every year in the last weekend of August in the Palace of the Kings of Majorca the free 3 day Guitares au Palais takes place. The festival has a broad mainstream focus with pop-related music as well as traditional acoustic guitar music and alternative music with international guests like Caetano Veloso (2007), Rumberos Catalans, Pedro Soler, Bernardo Sandoval, Peter Finger, Aaron and Bryce Dessner (2008).

The famous "Sanch Procession" folklore, once forbidden by the Church, is still celebrated in Perpignan, Arles-sur-Tech and Collioure.

Travelling to your Perpignan holiday rental property: Perpignan is served by the Gare de Perpignan railway station, which offers connections to Paris, Barcelona, Toulouse and several regional destinations. Perpignan-Paris via TGV is 5 hours. Soon Perpignan-Barcelona service will offer a 1 hour journey.