Perpignan, a destination rich in history, culture, and gastronomy, offers numerous wonders to explore during a 3-day stay. Here is an itinerary that will allow you to visit the city's must-see sites and indulge in its culinary delights.
Day 1: Explore the Historic Center
Start your exploration at the Castillet, the ancient fortified gate of the city that offers a breathtaking view of Perpignan from its ramparts. Then, head to Place de la Loge, where you can admire the Loge de mer, the town hall, and the Palace of the Deputation.
Walk up Rue de l'Argenterie to reach the Hôtel Pams, an Art Nouveau gem with its paintings and grand marble and onyx staircase. For lunch, stop by the Aristo restaurant and savor a tapas platter highlighting local products.
In the afternoon, explore the cathedral complex, which includes the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral and other religious buildings. Don't miss the Poudrière, where you can discover an incredible relief map dating back to the 17th-18th centuries, or the Hyacinthe Rigaud Museum, home to a superb collection of artworks.
In the evening, immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Perpignan nights by visiting one of the bars on Rue des Fabriques-Couvertes or Avenue du Maréchal-Leclerc.
Day 2: Between Heritage and Relaxation
Begin your day by visiting the Palace of the Kings of Majorca, a historic site offering panoramic views of the city. Next, stop at the Wall of the Disappeared of the Sainte Claire Convent, a poignant memorial recalling past tragedies.
Don't miss the Notre-Dame La Réal Church, a magnificent Gothic building where you can admire the details of sculptures and stained glass. For lunch, head to the La Sous-Préfete restaurant and savor the delights of Catalan cuisine.
In the afternoon, if you're in the mood for a stroll, follow the traces of the city's old ramparts, some remnants of which are visible on Rue Ronsard. Then, take the grand Molière staircase to reach the Saint-Jacques district and visit the Saint-Jacques Church, with its beautiful altars.
In the late afternoon, enjoy a seaside walk in Canet-en-Roussillon, just a few minutes' drive from Perpignan. Admire the beach, breathe in the sea air, and witness a beautiful sunset.
In the evening, head to the Archipel Theater to attend a show, or extend your escapade to a seaside restaurant like Can Marcel and relish the delights of the sea.
Day 3: History and Culinary Delights
Start your day by visiting the memorial of the Rivesaltes camp, a poignant testimony of our history. Then, you have two options: visit the seaside resort of Barcarès to discover the Lydia beached cruise ship and the Alley of the Arts, or explore the Roussillon wine route to Tautavel, a charming village nestled in the Corbières massif.
If you choose the first option, I recommend dining at the Lamparo restaurant in Barcarès, where you can savor seafood delights. If you opt for a visit to Tautavel, don't miss the Museum of Prehistory and end your day by enjoying Catalan specialties at El Silex.
Conclude your stay by returning to our apartments in the heart of historic Perpignan, where you can rest and relive the wonderful discoveries of these three days.
Perpignan awaits you with its historical treasures, enchanting landscapes, and delicious cuisine. Take advantage of your stay to immerse yourself in Catalan culture and discover everything this charming city in the south of France has to offer.