Perpignan, Heart of the Pyrénées-Orientales

Originally posted on & updated on 8th March, 2024

Perpignan is the capital of the Pyrenees-Orientales (66) which is the southernmost department of France. It is an integral portion of the Occitanie region and undoubtedly one of Europe’s most charming areas.

With instant access to some of the finest Mediterranean beaches, average summertime temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius and a wealth of beautiful things to see and exciting things to do, it’s small wonder that Perpignan is top of the French property investment list.

The city’s exceptional history stretches way back to Roman times and as a consequence its architectural heritage and its distinctive culture has inherited some very unique characteristics. Yet modern day Perpignan represents an unmistakable blend of past and present which harmonises in a most commendable fashion.

There are spacious modern villas with private swimming pools which can be used all year round, expertly converted farms and barns with ample land attached, modest terraced houses some with studio flats and others with rooftop patios or brand new apartments with balconies and superb views.

Whether or not you want to be a permanent resident of Perpignan or a holiday-maker this thriving city has so much to offer. There are fine schools, good public transport and a welcoming ambience that is typical of the Mediterranean lifestyle.

You will discover excellent shops, markets and trendy boutiques with some of the most fashionable clothes and accessories that you’ll find anywhere in France. All sorts of sports, leisure and entertainments are within easy reach and the nightlife is prolific with bars and clubs, often with live music where you can dance the night away.

As you might expect in such a versatile city, the gastronomy is mostly out of this world with restaurants and cafes catering for every taste plus hidden delights such as Paradis Fouillis, the renowned teashop-cum-brica-a-brac store.

Throughout the year the local cinemas buzz with a broad selection of films, there are live cultural events, all sorts of free exhibitions, jazz festivals and, of course, the annual Visa pour l’Image Photo-journalism, which attracts people from far and wide.

What also makes Perpignan such an attractive proposition for private property investment is its proximity to Spain, Andorra and Barcelona (Girona airport), the superb skiing in the Pyrenees and it’s ready access to Europe and the rest of the world via its own Perpignan airport or the Montpellier-Mediterranee, an hour’s drive away on the fast coastal road. If this wasn’t enough, you also have the options of Carcassonne (Ryannair), Béziers, Barcelona and why not Toulouse.

And next year the TGV high-speed rail service arrives in the city to deliver you into the centre of Paris in just a few streamlined hours or zip you away to Barcelona in around 50 minutes! We have more than 200 properties for sale inthe Pyrénées-Orientales.

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