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IS THERE ANYTHING MORE ROMANTIC THAN LOSING YOURSELF IN PERPIGNAN?
A stone’s throw from the Pyrenees and France’s border with the Spanish region of Catalunya, Perpignan fuses two cultures. Natives call their city by its Catalan name, Perpinya. The red and yellow Catalan banner flies next to the French tricouleur. Food has a distinctive regional flavour, with dishes such as cuttlefish, anchovy pie from Collioure and Pyrenean ham. Locals dance the sardana, the Catalan circle dance, and many are still bullfight aficionados – though rugby is even more popular. In autumn and early winter, the city’s markets overflow with seasonal produce and it’s still warm enough to join the locals at a sunny café on place Arago, Perpignan’s social hub.
La Galinette Restaurant
You can see why locals favour Perpignan’s La Galinette. Despite the Michelin star and fantastic food, this small, colourful restaurant is unpretentious and welcoming (though reservations are essential). Chef Christophe Comes has a…
El Boca Boca Nightclub
It’s hard to keep a secret like El Boca Boca, but young and lively locals far outnumber the handful of outsiders who manage to find this buzzy social hub of Perpignan. Because it’s favoured by natives, it stays open all year round…
Hyacinthe Rigaud Museum
The city is proud of Perpignan-born Hyacinthe Rigaud, the 17th century artist and favourite of Louis XIV who worked in this gracious old mansion, painting portraits of courtiers, and aristocrats and local notables. It’s now the ci…