Located near the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Perpignan is a lively city popular with travellers, especially during warmer times of the year. With a distinct character of its own, the city and surrounding areas could easily be mistaken for being part of Spain. As it was once part of the Spanish Empire, Perpignan boasts a unique blend of French and Spanish cultures and styles of architecture, creating a unique setting unlike anywhere else in Europe. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Perpignan is both easy and economical.
Receiving some of the highest levels of sunshine in France, Perpignan is the perfect destination for enjoying a relaxing Mediterranean getaway. For a great way to get a feel for the city and get your bearings, drive your hire car towards the city centre and visit the Castillet Art Museum. Housed in a 14th century building, the museum is an attraction in its own, but the tower of the building allows spectacular views of the city, sea and mountains, providing an excellent introduction for visitors to the area.
A few blocks east of the museum, you will find the Cathedral of St Jean. The most famous cathedral in the area, it was built in 1324 and is an icon of the city. To see some more of the city's classical architecture, jump in your rental car and head further south away from the river, where you can visit the famous star-shaped citadel, which was built in the 13th century. A grand stone building, containing the Palace of the Kings within its walls, it is a must for anyone visiting Perpignan and seeing the sights.
With lush green hills and plains throughout the area, and the amazing Mediterranean Sea just a short drive to the east, your daytrip options are virtually endless with the use of your hire car. To the north, you can visit Corberies, a famous wine producing region of rugged hills and picturesque valleys, and not far from here is the town of Tautavel and the famous Arago Cave. The cave is the location where some of the oldest human remains have been found in Europe, dating back over 450,000 years, and the nearby Museum of Prehistory has excellent displays on the caves and other ancient secrets of the past.
Ultimately though, the main reason visitors come to this part of France is to enjoy the weather and relax on the beach. What better way to relax, than simply driving your rental car along the coast and picking the perfect spot to lay down a towel and soak up the sun.
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