Perpignan Tourist Attractions
Perpignan (Catalan Perpinyà; alt.
The history of Perpignan was closely bound up with that of the county of Roussillon. Like many other towns, it was surrounded by fortifications designed by Vauban which were pulled down around 1900 to allow the town to expand.
The central feature of the old town is the Place de la République, with the Theater. On the north side of the old town is the Castillet, a fortified town gate (1367) built of red brick (fine view from tower) which is the town's principal landmark and emblem. It houses the Casa Pairal, a museum of Catalonian folk art and traditions.
Cathedral of St Jean
The Cathedral of St-Jean, dates mainly from the 14th-15th C. but also incorporates elements from the earlier Romanesque church of St-Jean-le-Vieux (the former entrance to the south aisle, the Portail du Christ and the chapel of Notre-Dame dels Correchs, the entrance to which is under the organ gallery). The interior of St-Jean is splendidly decorated: the most notable features are the 16th and 17th C. reredos, the 17th C. high altar of white marble (by Claude Perret) and the font, which is believed to be pre-Romanesque. Outside St-Jean, by the south doorway, is a chapel containing an expressive carved crucifix known as the "Dévot Christ".
Loge de Mer
In Perpignan, south of Loge de Mer, is the Musée Hyacinthe Rigaud, with works by the portrait-painter Hyacinthe Rigaud (1659-1743), paintings by Spanish and Catalan masters of the 14th-16th centuries and pictures by Ingres, Tintoretto and modern artists like Picasso, Maillol, Dufy and Calder.
The Musée d'Histoire Naturelle is devoted mainly to the flora and fauna of southern France.
Musee d'Avions du Mas Palegry
Perpignan-Roussillon - Mediterranean Festival
Salses-le-Château - Fortresse de Salses
Côte des Perpignanais La Salanque
The last seaside resort before the Spanish frontier is Cerbère, with large railroad marshalling yards - required because the Spanish railroads have a broader gauge than the rest of Europe, so that it is necessary to change trains here. Southeast of the town is Cap Cerbère, a rugged promontory of black rocks from which there is a fine view of the Spanish coast. The French-Spanish frontier is on the Col des Balitres (173 m/568ft).