In the run up to my Year Abroad which starts in a matter of weeks, I thought I’d share several facts about Perpignan to share with you; especially as many of my friends and family had not heard of this Southern French ville before (no name-shaming, but I have even heard someone confuse Perpignan with papillon (no I am not talking about butterflies!).
1. Perpignan is the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France and experiences un climat méditerranéen. Look how south it is #summerallyearround
2. It is in a great location to go travelling around the South of France and Northern Spain! It is situated on the Têt River, 8 miles west of the Mediterranean Sea (Beach time!) and 19 miles (31 km) north of the Spanish border. Weekend trips to Barcelona!!! And Montpellier, Toulouse and Bordeaux and… you get the idea 😉
3. There is a statue of Salvador Dali outside the railway station; it’s a tribute to him for helping the tourist trade by claiming that Perpignan Railway Station was the centre of the universe. (See photo, above the clock)
4. As it is so close to Spain, the best of two European cuisines join forces so it should be difficult to have a bad meal…
5. The Palais des Rois de Majorque, the medieval palace of the kings of Majorca dating from the 13th and 14th centuries can be found in Perpignan.
6. The FN (The National Front, an extremist Right-Wind party) is quite erm… popular in the region. As we can see from 2014’s élections municipales. http://www.lemonde.fr/resultats-elections-municipales/perpignan,66100/
7. There is a great interest in rugby in the region.
And if you really didn’t know…: it is in France ❤