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Around Perpignan

  • The City, the Sea and the Land together: Magic! Go from an urban universe to a Mediterranean landscape or a wine region in the blink of an eye
  • A living Catalan culture! Here we cultivate our traditions, we speak Catalan, we build Castells and we dance the Sardana
  • An open-air museum: Endowed with numerous labels, Perpignan Méditerranée is also classified as a Grand Site Occitanie
  • Unique natural panoramas: Gorges, lakes, caves, beaches… On foot or by bike: Wow effect guaranteed! Take out your smartphones
  • A generous terroir and top-notch wines! Apricots, artichokes, wines and olive oil… You are here in the gardens of the Mediterranean.
  • People and Stories: From Tautavel to Rivesaltes, our destination is a land of welcome, exile and passage.
  • XXL events : VISA pour l’image, Les Déferlantes, Electrobeach Festival, FISE Xpérience… Vibration all year !
  • 22km of vast beaches: Family, wild and natural, naturist, lounge or sporty… Everyone has their favorite beach.
  • Cool and festive beach bar: From April to September, meet in these ephemeral huts, gem of our coast…
  • Catalan art and crafts: Unique know-how: Garnet, weaving, ceramics, fishermen’s huts and Catalan boats

PERPIGNAN is the southernmost city of France and the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department. With 150,000 inhabitants, Perpignan is the largest city in the Occitanie region after Montpellier and Toulouse. Throughout the year, Perpignan is visited by 4 million tourists. The proximity to the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees attracts all kinds of people.

  • ALONG THE SEA: The region offers a magnificent coastline, beaches and natural parks, fishing villages like Collioure and charming towns like Céret: this is the south of France.
  • AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAINS: We are only 1h30 from the Pyrenees: thermal baths and ski resorts.
  • AROUND PERPIGNAN: There is a lot to see, music festivals, medieval towns and wine valleys. Big cities like Toulouse, Montpellier and Carcassonne, Barcelona or Figueres are easily accessible and definitely worth visiting by train or bus
DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES
  • A visit to the city of artists “Collioure” with a visit to the castle or the discovery of the nature reserve “Paulilles”. Collioure conceals incomparable maritime and architectural treasures. Catalan port, fishing village, medieval heritage and sunny colors of the Mediterranean coast, you will better understand why Matisse, Derain and Picasso decided to plant their easels there.
  • Visit of Villefranche de Conflent: fortified town classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site which has an exceptional heritage: from the Middle Ages to the present day, time has inscribed in its stones the passage of the men who built it, who conquered it or who have lived within its walls. More than any other, Vauban the “vagrant of the Sun King” left his mark here.
  • Visit of the Byrrh Cellars: established in Thuir for more than a hundred years, the Byrrh Cellars are the cradle of Byrrh, an elixir invented by the Violet brothers in 1866. You will find the largest oak vat in the world there.
  • The yellow train: A true emblem of the region, the yellow train has been crisscrossing the heights of the Pyrénées-Orientales for a century on a journey of more than a thousand meters of elevation. Over 63 km, between Villefranche-de-Conflent and Latour-de-Carol, in the heart of an exceptional environment, experience a concentrate of Catalan charm in settings worthy of postcards!
  • The Cerbère-Banyuls marine nature reserve: Jewel of the Côte Vermeille, the Marine Nature Reserve stretches between Banyuls and Cerbère. A paradise for swimmers and diving enthusiasts, this protected natural area is the first Marine Nature Reserve in France.
  • The classified site of Lac des Bouillouses: The classified site of Lac des Bouillouses, at the foot of the Carlit massif, offers exceptional high mountain landscapes. It is one of the largest lakes in the French Pyrenees
  • The Organs of Ille-sur-Têt are fairy chimneys located on a geological and tourist site in the town of Ille-sur-Têt, in the French department of Pyrénées-Orientales. They result from the erosion of sedimentary rocks that are four million years old.
  • The Tautavel Museum – European Center of Prehistory is a museum located in Tautavel, dedicated to prehistory and in particular to the discoveries made at the Caune de l’Arago located in the same town, including the Man of Tautavel
  • The fortress of Salses is a military structure built between 1497 and 1503 by the Spanish Catholic kings, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella of Castile.
  • Céret and its Museum of Modern Art: a real picture in the colors of Catalonia, Céret is a town apart, between Canigou, the Spanish border and the Mediterranean Sea. It is a must during your stay in the Pyrénées-Orientales. The Modern Art Museum of Céret is the main art museum in the Pyrénées-Orientales. It was created by Pierre Brune and Frank Burty Haviland in 1950 and has acquired an international dimension over the past twenty years.
  • Canet-en-Roussillon and the fishing village: Labeled Blue Flag, Canet has 9 kilometers of fine sandy beaches. You will find many sports activities related to the sea: windsurfing, kitesurfing, beach volleyball, kayaking, paddle or jet ski…
  • Força Réal is a summit of the Pyrenees culminating at 510 m altitude in the French department of Pyrénées-Orientales
  • The Abbey of Saint-Michel de Cuxa is a Benedictine monastery located at the foot of Canigou, in the town of Codalet in the French department of Pyrénées-Orientales in the Occitanie region. It is part of the Spanish Province of the Congregation of Subiaco
  • Eus: near Prades, discover one of the four Most Beautiful Villages in France in the department. Atypical stone village, suitable for artists, it is the ideal place for a family walk where you can have a breathtaking view of the Canigó.
  • Cliffs of Leucate: the only cliff on the coast, it separates Leucate Plage and La Franqui from its 51m high. From there a 180° view of the Mediterranean and below, creeks, crystal clear waters and rocks full of fish.
  • Gorges de Galamus: A classified and protected natural site; the spectacular site of the Gorges de Galamus will surprise you with its particular relief. The waters of the Agly dug these limestone walls more than 500 meters deep to reach the Mediterranean.
  • Camp of Rivesaltes Memorial: The Camp de Rivesaltes Memorial, located in the towns of Rivesaltes and Salses-le-Château in the Pyrénées-Orientales in France, pays tribute to the people imprisoned or housed in this camp according to historical events during the second half of the 20th century.
You can also go on weekends near here:
In Spain: Figueres, Girona, Barcelona...
In France: Toulouse, Montpellier, Carcassonne...
Events
  • The Jazzèbre Festival surveys the jazz planet in its own way. Between contemporary European Jazz and blues notes made in the USA, a nod to world music and festive evenings… Between listening concerts and open-air meetings, between fame and discovery… Jazzèbre offers an itinerary, a subjective photograph of music in constant evolution and does not hesitate either to discover the mixed arts. Texts, images, dance and circus arts, architecture or visual arts, like a book of creation wide open…
  • La Casa Musicale is an open place for practices, meetings, and artistic creations in direct contact with the urban realities of today. The Casa Musicale aims to develop an action of training and enhancement of the current musical practices of young people, by being attentive to all the cultural specificities of Perpignan.
  • El Mediator – Théâtre de l’Archipel: concert halls, event theaters in Perpignan
  • Les Déferlantes Sud de France, is an eclectic and multigenerational music festival, which takes place in July over 4 days
  • Live at Campo Santo: An emblematic place of Perpignan’s heritage, Campo Santo has been the unmissable meeting place for our summer evenings every year since 2016. In the heart of the historic center of the Catalan city, opposite the majestic Saint-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral , in the open air, the Live at the Campo festival always promises a bold and quality musical program.
  • Têt en Fête on the Passeig Torcatis side, on the banks of the Têt. In this exceptional setting, come and enjoy the terraces, chalets and guinguettes.
  • The Electrobeach Music Festival, designated by its acronym EMF, is the largest French electronic music festival founded by Alain Ferrand taking place in Barcarès in front of the Lydia, the oldest liner in the world silted up since 1967
  • The harvest festival in Banyuls, usually the second weekend of October, the small village of Banyuls celebrates the harvest that took place during the summer. On Sunday of this long weekend, you can go picnicking at the beach, and taste wine.

Perpignan and its region are full of restaurants present in the Michelin Guide: La Galinette, Le 17, Le Divil, Le Garriane, La Passerelle and many others!
But also, typical restaurants La Vigatane in Canet or L’Assiette Catalane!
Do not hesitate to ask us for advice, the ALFMED team is a gourmet team!