Description: Capital of the Catalan area of France. Although the town has expanded outside the original town walls (no longer remaining), there is still a very pleasant old town for window shopping or open air cafes. There are regular festivals held – check the tourist office site for details.

Location: Set inland from the Mediterranean and just off the A9 autoroute on the south western section of France’s Mediterranean coast.

General Info: Town website. Office du tourisme website.

Our recommendations: The Palace of the Kings of Majorca is a fine example of medieval architecture and is well worth a visit.  If you want to visit several museums, check out the museum pass which can be purchased either at the tourist office, or at participating museums.

For the children: You could combine a visit to Perpignan with a trip up the coast to the Fort de Salses, or a half day at the seaside.


Here’s more information to make the most of your visit to Languedoc: