Car hire in Perpignan
Car hire at Perpignan
Perpignan in France is one of the sunniest areas of the region and successfully showcases its rich culture combining French, Spanish and North African heritage. It also has the advantage of being well-place, with top destinations such as Barcelona, Montpellier or Toulouse within reasonable driving distance.
What I need to know
Hiring a car in Perpignan means it is easier to get out and explore. Ensure you use our site to find the best price for vehicle rental. Holiday Autos also offer outstanding customer support, as well as free cancellation if you change your mind.
Where to pick up my car
There are a number of places to hire cars in Perpignan, including the local train station. However, many visitors opt to pick up their hire car at Perpignan airport (PGF). Car rental desks can be found in the arrivals hall so you can collect the keys shortly after arriving in France.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
From Perpignan airport it is around five miles to the city itself. The city is well-placed as a base to explore the Catalonia and Languedoc-Roussillon, with many visitors attracted by the region's unique Spanish and French culture. It is also easy to head towards the Spanish border along the D1 road.
There is plenty to explore in the areas surrounding Perpignan. Of course, in the winter months many head to the Pyrenes for a sport of skiing or snowboarding. However, in summer the same mountains appeal to those who enjoy walking and getting out in the fresh air for some relaxing exercise.
If you want to explore further afield, then Perpignan is ideal as there is plenty of great destinations within a few hours’ drive. There is the option to head to Spain, but if you want to stay in France then the centre of Toulouse is just a couple hours away or alternatively Montpelier is just up the coast.
Eating and drinking
France is famous for its cuisine and the food on offer in Perpignan manages to balance classic French dishes with Spanish and north African influences. Highlights include snails smothered in garlic, salted smoked hams and spiced sausages.
Things to do
Things to do while staying in Perpignan include visiting one of the many medieval buildings in the city. Dating back to the 14th century, the Place de la Victoire is the city's gate call and it was once used as a prison. Other landmark buildings include the Porte Notre Dame and Castillet which is now home to the Museum of Catalan History.
For a spot of sightseeing there is the Place Cassanyes – this market square has a distinct north African influence and is the perfect place to buy a wide array of herbs and spices. Meanwhile, art lovers will want to head to the Musee des Beaux-Arts Hyacinthe Rigaud, which is home to works of arts by Maillol and Picasso.