Medieval Getaway Just Steps from Perpignan: The Cloister of Elne

In search of a timeless escape, just minutes from your apartment in the heart of Perpignan? Look no further! The Cloister of Elne, a medieval treasure, is nearby, providing a total immersion in art and history. In this article, let's explore this architectural gem located just a few steps from our bustling city life.

Article dated 07.02.2023

Nestled in the picturesque town of Elne, the cloister is a true medieval gem that unquestionably deserves a visit. Just minutes from our apartment, this cultural getaway promises to immerse you in an atmosphere reminiscent of ancient times. Get ready for a journey into history and the exploration of a place of unparalleled beauty.

Dating back to the 14th century, the Cloister of Elne is a jewel of Catalan Romanesque art. Originally attached to the Sainte-Eulalie-et-Sainte-Julie Cathedral, it has survived the passage of time and continues to testify to the splendor of the past. Its construction spanned nearly twenty years, from 1325 to 1345, and every architectural detail tells a captivating story.

When you step through its doors, you will be immediately captivated by the elegance of its architecture. The vaulted galleries surrounding the central garden will unveil marble columns and finely carved capitals. The motifs depict biblical scenes, fantastical creatures, and floral patterns, creating an artistic symphony of breathtaking beauty.

During your visit, let your imagination transport you back in time. Stroll through the galleries, admire the meticulously crafted sculptures, and feel the peaceful atmosphere of the central garden. You will be transported to another era, where tranquility and inspiration were abundant.

In addition to its captivating history, the Cloister of Elne is also home to the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Elne. After exploring the cloister, don't miss the opportunity to discover a collection of modern and contemporary artworks, as well as stimulating temporary exhibitions. An enriching experience that will perfectly complement your visit.

The Cloister of Elne, just a few steps from your apartment in Perpignan, invites you on a timeless journey. Immerse yourself in the architectural beauty, medieval history, and enchanting atmosphere that prevails in these surroundings. A cultural getaway not to be missed for history enthusiasts and lovers of artistic discoveries.

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Self-guided Tour

Full Price: €4.50
Reduced Price: €4.00 (Inter Sites Pass)
Youth Rate: €3.00
Child Rate (10 years old and under, including school groups): €0

Please note that the cloister is on multiple levels and is not accessible to wheelchair users.


3 rue Porte Balaguer

Plateau des Garaffes

66200 ELNE

Opening Hours

June-August: 10am-7pm (non-stop)
May: 9:30am-7pm (non-stop)
April and September: 10am-6pm
January to March: 10am-12:30pm, 2pm-5pm

Dogs are not allowed.

Payment methods: cash, credit card, holiday vouchers, checks.