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Plan your trip to PerpignanThe charming city of Perpignan, in Southern France, is ideally situated just 13km from the Mediterranean coastline, offering visitors a balance of city and beach life. Pick up your Avis hire car from a choice of local rental stations to explore Perpignan and beyond.
Although distinctly French, Perpignan’s location just 38 km north of the Spanish border gives it a delightfully Spanish flavour. The Old Town, with its labyrinth of alleys and cafe-lined squares, provides ample distractions to while away lazy afternoons.
To the south of the Old Town is one of its main attractions: the Palace of the Kings of Mallorca which was built in 1276. Arranged around three courtyards this imposing building is a mix of Gothic and Romanesque styles with attractive gardens to explore.
The Gothic styled St Jean-Baptist Cathedral is also worth a peek; built in the 14th century, there are a number of features to check out including an ornate bell tower and elaborate stained glass windows.
For a change of scene, the Arab Quarter is a must; the market square, Place Cassanyes, has a distinctly North African flavour. With the smell of spices wafting through the air and a range of stalls selling trinkets and colourful souvenirs it’s a feast for the senses.
There are several museums to browse including a decent art gallery, the Musée des Beaux-Arts Hyacinthe Rigaud, which features works by big hitters such as Miro, Picasso and Dufy.
Those looking for nightlife should head to Place de la Loge which has a number of bars and nightclubs.
Road trips around PerpignanFrance is a vibrant, colourful and proud country offering top-class dining opportunities, iconic cities and diverse landscapes. Collect your Avis car from a selection of Perpignan locations to visit these nearby attractions.
There are a number of beaches near to Perpignan, the closest is Canet en Roussillon Beach which is a 15- to 20-minute drive, via the D617, from the centre of town. The fine sandy beach is popular with families and there is a small selection of cafes. Torreilles Beach, around a half-hour’s drive, via the D900 and D83, offers a more rustic vibe with sand dunes and a couple of low-key beach bars. Those interested in trying their hand at windsurfing or kite-surfing should drive from Perpignan for just over half an hour, via the A9 and D627, to La Franqui beach with offers ideal weather conditions.
Cucugnan and Château de Quéribus
Drive for around 50 minutes, via the D117, to visit the Cucugnan. This small village is a delight to explore and has a good selection of restaurants offering local specialities. From here you can visit Château de Quéribus, an impressive castle ruins which is set in a dramatic hilltop location offering views across the stunning Languedoc countryside.
Travel for around an hour and fifteen minutes, on the A9 and A61, to reach Carcassonne. This pretty hilltop town is famous for its impressive medieval citadel which incorporates 53 towers connected together by walls. Within this fairy-tale-like citadel there is a castle, church and small town dotted with souvenir shops and snack stalls. The ‘lower’ town has a relaxed atmosphere with a good selection of French bars, restaurants and cafes.
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