Perpignan tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: Those looking for a traditional French town with interesting sites will be pleased to discover Perpignan

Perpignan is situated in the Pyrenees-Orientales department and Occitanie region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Perpignan. For detailed visitor information see the Perpignan travel guide.

Attractions in Perpignan

The Palace of Kings of Majorca is an imposing fortress and royal residence in Perpignan, built of red brick in the 13th century: Perpignan Palace of Kings of Majorca

Tourist classifications for Perpignan include "town of art and history" and "secteur sauvegarde".

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Perpignan in Occitanie.

Popular places to visit nearby include Elne at 13 km and Saint Cyprien - Pyrenees Orientales at 13 km.

Perpignan, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Perpignan Palace of Kings of Majorca

Perpignan Palace of Kings of Majorca

Castle less than one km (direction south-east), in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques department

The Palace of Kings of Majorca is an imposing fortress and royal...

See Perpignan Palace of Kings of Majorca guide


at 13 km (direction south-east)

Elne is a quiet town, with the cathedral cloisters among the highlights...

See Elne guide
Saint Cyprien - Pyrenees Orientales

Saint Cyprien - Pyrenees Orientales

Seaside resort at 13 km (direction south-east)

Activity in the seaside resort of Saint-Cyprien is most definitely centred around...

See Saint Cyprien - Pyrenees Orientales guide
Fort de Salses

Fort de Salses

Castle at 16 km (direction south-east)

The medieval fort of Salses was transformed by Vauban to create a...

See Fort de Salses guide
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Most Beautiful Village at 18 km (direction west-south-west)

The picturesque village of Castelnou, overlooked by a castle, is one of...

See Castelnou guide


Seaside resort at 20 km (direction south-east)

The long beach, the forest and the lively town mean Argeles-sur-Mer is...

See Argeles-sur-Mer guide


at 22 km (direction west)

Here in Ille-sur-Tet it is the remarkable rock formations on the edge...

See Ille-sur-Tet guide
Chateau d'Aguilar

Chateau d'Aguilar

Castle at 24 km (direction north-west), in the Aude department

The Château d'Aguilar is one of the most famous Cathar castles in...

See Chateau d'Aguilar guide


Seaside resort at 25 km (direction south-east)

With a very attractive traditional harbour town to exlore and a small...

See Collioure guide


at 26 km (direction south-south-west)

Ceret has an extensive historic town centre and a Picasso Museum among...

See Ceret guide


at 26 km (direction north-north-east), in the Aude department

The resort at Leucate is one of the liveliest and most interesting...

See Leucate guide
Port Vendres

Port Vendres

at 27 km (direction south-east)

Port-Vendres is a natural port (unusual here in southern Languedoc), a local...

See Port Vendres guide
Chateau de Queribus

Chateau de Queribus

Castle at 27 km (direction west-north-west), in the Aude department

Castle Quéribus is a famous castle on the summit of a mountain...

See Chateau de Queribus guide


Seaside resort at 31 km (direction south-east)

As well as the beach in Banyuls-sur-Mer there is also an old...

See Banyuls-sur-Mer guide

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Map of places to visit near Perpignan


Markets in and near Perpignan

Market days in Perpignan: weekly market: Every day;

  • Perpignan: market Every day (0km)
  • Toulouges: market Tuesday & Friday (6km)
  • Rivesaltes: market Monday (8km)
  • Canet-en-Roussillon: market Tuesday & Thursday (10km)
  • Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque: market Thursday & Sunday (12km)
  • Saint-Cyprien: market Tuesday - seasonal market only (13km)
  • Saint-Cyprien: market Thursday & Friday (13km)
  • Elne: market Wednesday & Friday (13km)
  • Thuir: market Saturday (13km)
  • Le Barcares: market Monday - seasonal market only (16km)

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Tourist attractions near Perpignan, France

What to do at Perpignan? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Perpignan.

Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

  • Villefranche-de-Conflent enceinte / fort (Vauban fortifications) (45km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges (Cabestany) (5km)
  • Eglise de Saint Michel (Saint-Genis-des-fontaines) (17km)
  • Chapel Saint-Martin de Fenollar (Maureillas-las-Illas) (22km)
  • Chapelle de Casenoves (Ille-sur-tet) (22km)
  • Prieuré de Serrabone (Boule-d'Amont) (28km)
  • Eglise de Sainte Marie de Marcevol (Arboussols) (32km)
  • Abbaye Saint Michel de Cuixa (Codalet) (42km)
  • Eglise de Sainte-Marie (Corneilla-de-Conflent) (44km)
  • Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou (Casteil) (45km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Étang de Canet-Saint-Nazaire (9km)
  • Étang de Leucate (19km)
  • Orgues d'Ille-sur-Tet (22km)
  • Paulilles (29km)
  • Pic de Fontfrède (30km)
  • Réserve naturelle nationale de Cerbère-Banyuls (34km)
  • Gorges de la Fou (36km)
  • Gorges de Galamus (37km)
  • Pic du Canigou (41km)
  • Gorges de l'Orbieu (46km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park


Geography and distances

Perpignan is in the south of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Pyrenees-Orientales department (general information: Perpignan is 686 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Perpignan

Canton: Perpignan

Arrondissement: Perpignan

Department: Pyrenees-Orientales

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon

New region: Occitanie

Postcode: 66000

Distance to Perpignan

from Perpignan (prefecture): 0 km

from Paris: 686 km

from Calais: 921 km

from Nice: 372 km

from Bordeaux: 366 km

from Strasbourg: 755 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Perpignan from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 8 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Baho, Bompas, Cabestany, Canohes, Pia, Saint-Esteve, Saleilles and Toulouges.

This page in French: Visiter Perpignan


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