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About Perpignan

People always tend to say ‘location’ three times, but in Perpignan it makes sense, you’re located just below the dramatic peaks of the Pyrenees, just a short drive to the west from the Mediterranean, and just a little north of the border with Spain. And from some of the best places to stay in Perpignan you’ll have a view of the first two - not bad!

The proximity with Spain lends a certain extra colour, and a bit of extra interest to the already interesting cuisine. Plus Perpignan is really big on fiestas.

Some of our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Perpignan can be found in the wonderful warren of the old town, where you’ll find citrus coloured houses and alleys opening, surprisingly, onto squares shaded by palms. Perpignan was once the capital of Mallorca, and there’s still a look to this city akin to the the Balearics.

Perpignan is a very walkable city, and some of the bits you’ll want to walk to include the Palais des Rois de Majorque - the Palace of the Kings of Mallorca, which is one of the largest buildings in the city, a great star shaped citadel offering views out to the coast. You’ll possibly also be interested in seeing the wonderfully Gothic Cathedral of St. Jean Baptiste. Then there’s a cluster of interesting architecture in the old town and the wonderful Musée de Préhistoire de Tautavel in the cave riddled hills just north of town, which has a host of prehistoric treasures dating from around 450,000 years ago.

If you want to visit during the peak summer months of July and August, we recommend you plan ahead. The best places to stay in Perpignan will get booked up well in advance.

For the coast

  • The Hotel Ile de la Lagune is a luxurious private island hotel in a lagoon not far from the Mediterranean. There are 24 rooms and suites, a choice of restaurants, pool, thalassotherapy spa and it’s surrounded by luscious tropical gardens. The decor is contemporary, think dark wood and white and pastel furnishings.

For families

  • For an easy family holiday, try La Fauceille, a modern hotel just south of Perpignan with 35 contemporary rooms and suites and an excellent gym and spa. There’s also a great gourmet restaurant and a relaxed atmosphere.

For romance

  • La Villa Duflot is perfect for a romantic stay on the ouskirts of the city. You'll find stylish rooms, a fabulous pool, delicious food and complimentary bikes for exploring the area.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Perpignan for you?

Best Hotels in Perpignan

  • Hotel De La Loge 22 rooms from $67


    You'll feel at home in this amiable small hotel, right opposite Perpignan's historic town hall and within easy walking distance of all the sights. Some rooms have balconies – perfect for a post-sightseeing sundowner.

    Local exploring  -  A well priced gem of a property located in the heart of the historic centre.
    Local markets  -  Wander through the narrow alleys of the Arab and Romany quarter packed full of trinkets and food stalls.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive Palais des Rois de Majorque dating back to 1276.
    Full of character
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  • La Fauceille 35 rooms from $103


    A modern hotel on the South coast just outside Perpignan. Contemporary rooms and suites, excellent spa and gym activities, and a gourmet restaurant. A great choice for a comfortable summer holiday.

    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
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  • Hotel Host et Vinum 16 rooms from $105

    Canet-en-Roussillon, Languedoc-Roussillon

    Contemporary hotel close to the beach. Chic rooms have seaside touches, white wooden panelled walls and private balconies. Outdoor pool, large garden and spa facilities. Excellent restaurant and wine cellar with tastings not to be missed. Comfortable and peaceful.

    Foodies  -  Outstanding hotel restaurant and excellent range of wine tastings, excursions and learning
    Local markets  -  Plenty of antique, food and 'flea' markets in nearby Perpignan
    Great walks  -  Through the fruit gardens of the L'Arboretum
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Casa9 Hôtel 9 rooms from $149


    A sumptuous boutique hotel burrowed into the heart of the Languedoc-Roussillon countryside. The stylish and comfortable rooms are set in stunning stone buildings dating back to the 11th century. Luxuriate by the heavenly pool or take a stroll through the surrounding countryside. A Catalan charmer.

    Country Escape  -  Nestled into the beautiful Languedoc-Roussillon countryside, it's perfect for a catalan country getaway.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the Canigou ('holy mountain') with the stunning Abbey of Saint Michel de Cuxa and magnificent Saint Martin du Canigou.
    Great walks  -  Explore the beautiful walking trails and paths through the surrounding Languedoc-Roussillon countryside.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • La Villa Duflot 25 rooms from $157


    With its secluded city setting, La Villa Duflot is something of an oasis. Rooms are decorated in an art deco style and feature cool blue and green hues with terracotta tiles. Borrow a hotel bike for the day or simple relax by the inviting pool. Dine al fresco on delicious locally sourced dishes.

    Romantic Break  -  Stylish art deco rooms hark back to a bygone era - a classic romantic stay for two.
    Local markets  -  Browse the markets of Perpignan and pick up some of the beautiful local produce.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore Perpignan's historic old town on foot, a great days activity.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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  • Mas Latour Lavail 5 rooms from $177


    Owned by a renowned local wine maker, this rural mansion on the outskirts of Perpignan has been turned into a stylish haven that successfully blends tradition with striking modern interiors.

    Country Escape  -  A chic rural abode surrounded by vineyards. An oasis of calm.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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  • Hotel Ile de la Lagune 24 rooms from $208


    Luxury private island hotel right on the Mediterranean. Spacious rooms and suites, a choice of restaurants, private pool, thalasso spa and luscious tropical gardens. Accommodation is contemporary in style: dark wood floors contrast with white and pastel furnishings to create cool airy spaces.

    Spa  -  Thalasso Spa with nine treatment rooms and wonderful views over the lagoon.
    Views  -  Over the lagoon and the Mediterranean
    Sailing  -  Sailing school on local beach
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor pool
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