Perpignan's railway station was once pronounced by surrealist master Salvador Dali as the centre of the Universe - he declared he had all his best ideas there. A haven for sun worshippers - throughout the year - Perpignan truly is an inspiration.
- Passing through?
The city's strong Catalan influences seem to ooze from the ancient brickwork of Le Palais des Rois de Majorque - the city's most historic ensemble of courtyards, buildings and chapels.
- Staying a while?
Take a trip 25km out of the city to the ancient fort of Chateau de Salses which guards the main road to Spain. It's stunning.
- The inside track...
For the best Catalan souvenirs - including pottery and rugs - head for Centre Sant-Vincens on La Rue Sant-Vincens. Bargains galore here.
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