Perpignan Airport (also known as Rivesaltes Airport or Llabanere Airport) is situated at the edge of the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Hiring a car in this area of France is the perfect way to make the most of your trip here.
Things to See in Perpignan
Wander the streets of the Old Town and view Le Castillet, which was once an entry tower to Perpignan. The city walls have long been demolished however and this medieval structure is all that remains. There are plenty of historic buildings to see including Palais de la Deputation and the Hotel de Ville.
Explore the gothic style Cathédrale St-Jean and then locate Campo Santo, a cemetery built in the 14th Century. The architecture is stunning, despite its morbid connotations.
The Palais des Rois de Majorque is another must-see attraction in Perpignan. Consisting of a fantastic courtyard, splendid royal apartments, and chapel, you will find plenty to discover during your visit.
Day Trips From Perpignan
Rent a car and travel to nearby Narbonne. Amble through the daily covered market or relax and watch the world go by at the Canal de la Robine or explore the Palais des Archevêques.
A visit to Carcassonne is simply a must. Most visitors head straight for the breathtaking fortified city. Indulge in a spot of retail therapy at some of the local shops then wander back to Pont Vieux and soak up the stunning views.
As you are in such close proximity to the Pyrenees, you should attempt to scale these mountains whilst you are here. Great for a skiing holiday due to the vast array of resorts in this area, there are also some excellent hiking trails.
The Spanish cities of Gerona and Barcelona are both within 2 hours of Perpignan by car. Gerona is a wonderful city, home to a beautiful cathedral, tranquil gardens and bustling squares such as Plaça de la Independencia. Barcelona, home to a variety of examples of Gaudi’s designs amongst much more, is also charming and worthy of a visit.