Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales Département, Occitanie, France

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🇫🇷 Perpignan is the prefecture of the Pyrénées-Orientales department (known as Northern Catalonia) in southern France, in the heart of the plain of Roussillon, at the foot of the Pyrenees a few km from the Mediterranean Sea and the scrublands of the Corbières massif. It is the centre of the Perpignan Méditerranée Métropole metropolitan area.

Perpignan is also sometimes seen as the "Entrance" of the Iberian Peninsula.

Perpignan was the capital of the former province and County of Roussillon (Rosselló in Catalan) and continental capital of the Kingdom of Majorca in the 13th and 14th centuries. It has preserved an extensive old centre with its bodegas in the historic centre, coloured houses in a series of picturesque streets and alleys stretching between the banks of the Têt and its tributary, the Basse.

The city is also known for its International Photojournalism Festival, its medieval Trobades and its centuries-old garnet industry.


Economy Traditional commerce was in wine, olive oil, corks (the cork oak Quercus suber grows in Perpignan's mild climate), wool, leather, and iron. In May 1907 it was a seat of agitation by southern producers for government enforcement of wine quality following a collapse in prices. JOB rolling papers are currently manufactured in Perpignan.


Sites of interest The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist was begun in 1324 and finished in 1509.

The 13th century Palace of the Kings of Majorca sits on the high citadel, surrounded by ramparts, reinforced for Louis XI and Charles V, which were updated in the 17th century by Louis XIV's military engineer Vauban.

The walls surrounding the town, which had been designed by Vauban, were razed in 1904 to accommodate urban development. The main city door, the Castillet is a small fortress built in the 14th century, which has been preserved. It had also been used as a prison until the end of the 19th century.

The Hôtel Pams is a lavishly-decorated mansion designed for Jules Pams that illustrates the artistic taste of the wealthy bourgeois at the turn of the 20th century.

Les Halles de Vauban are a new addition to the banks of the city's canal. Opened in November 2017 the indoor markets are privately owned and cost €1.5 million. Split into two locations, vendors offer fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, flowers, cheese, etc. There is a bar and central eating court with a range of tapas, burgers, omelettes and food from around the world.


Perpignan has a population of over 195,679 people. Perpignan also forms the centre of the wider Perpignan Arrondissement which has a population of over 309,962 people. It is also a part of the larger Perpignan Méditerranée metropolitan area.

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Twin Towns, Sister Cities Perpignan has links with:

🇪🇸 Barcelona, Spain 🇲🇦 Berkane, Morocco 🇪🇸 Figueres, Spain 🇪🇸 Girona, Spain 🇩🇪 Hanover, Germany 🇺🇸 Lake Charles, USA 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Lancaster, England 🇪🇸 Lleida, Spain 🇮🇱 Ma'alot-Tarshiha, Israel 🇲🇦 Mohammedia, Morocco 🇺🇸 Sarasota, USA 🇵🇹 Tavira, Portugal 🇱🇧 Tyre, Lebanon
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