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What to see in Perpignan on a weekend

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Republic Square on a market day

Perpignan is a very handy destination especially for those who are in Barcelona or anywhere north of the Mediterranean coast. Perpignan in Castilian, Perpinyà in Catalan, this city touched by the wind of the Tramuntana becomes the gateway to France and I still remember with nostalgia the times we went as a family and we had to go through customs and we changed our pesetas to francs at the same gas stations we were in the border area.

In just a couple of hours of car We arrived in the city from Barcelona with the aim of resting a few days, shopping and visiting the city and its surroundings.

The center of Perpignan is relatively small and with a tourist map that you can get in any hotel or in the large tourist office in the Palacio de Congresos you will have a broad vision of the most essential places to see in Perpignan either in a day or a weekend.

The Castillet of Perpignan

Castillet

The Castillet is the old door to the historic center of Perpignan and the architectural detail that stands out upon arrival in the city. Without a doubt, it will be yours guiding and strategic point. Most hotels are left outside and the canal that runs through the city walks in front of the Castillet. Once you pass the so-called Notre-dame Gate you will find yourself in the heart of the city.

This reddish building was the first city gate built during the fourteenth century. Formerly it served as a prison and today houses the history museum of northern Catalonia. At night you will see some curious red and yellow lights, emulating the flag of the region, decorating the building.

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