perpignan airportPerpignan airport is the Southern most airport in mainland France. The airport at Perpignan really started developing once Ryanair began operating flights to Perpignan from Ireland and the UK. But in the last few years Ryanair has cut back on its schedule of flights to Perpignan and it now only operates seasonal flights from Dublin and Birmingham and some schedule routes to London Stansted and Charleroi airport in Belgium. This is a real shame because the Ryanair flights really helped open up the region and some of the local towns and the ski resorts at Font Romeu and Les Angles really benefitted from that. There was a rumour circulating that Ryanair fell out with the CEO of Perpignan airport over landing fees, but I don't know if there is any truth in that.

Flights to Perpignan airport, South France

I must admit, Perpignan is not my favourite airport to land at because its situation close to the Pyrenees and the coast means that you can often get some very strong cross-winds. Perpignan airport has recently undergone a much need refurbishment and it has expanded its schedule of flights mainly through Air France, but also with Iberia. Cheap flights to Perpignan airport can be found from the following destinations:

 

  • Ajaccio, Corsica (Air France)
  • Ibiza, Spain (Iberia)
  • Madrid, Spain (Iberia)
  • Paris Orly (Air France)
  • London Stansted, UK (with Ryanair)
  • Charleroi, Belgium (with Ryanair)
  • Nantes, France (Air France)
  • Birmingham, UK (with Ryanair)
  • Lille, France (Air France)

 

Car hire rentals at Perpignan airport

There is a good range of car rental companies operating out of Perpignan airport. The car rental pick-up and drop off zone is located opposite the Terminal building, just a 60 seconds walk from collecting your bags.

Hertz
Tel +353 1 844 5466
www.hertz.ie

Budget
Tel : +353 1 844 5150
www.budget.ie

Avis
Tel : +353 1 605 7500
www.avis.ie

Sixt
Tel : +353 1 812 0410
www.sixt.ie

Europcar
Tel : +353 1 812 2800
www.europcar.ie

Irish Car Rentals
Tel : +353 61 206 040
www.irishcarrentals.com

 

Best places to stay near Perpignan

If you are flying into Perpignan airport, then you have a good choice of places to stay within 30 minutes drive. The coastline around Perpignan is really beautiful and resort towns such as Argeles sur Mer, St Cyprien and Le Bacares are all really popular with tourists. The jewell in the crown of the Cote Vermeille is the harbour town of Collioure. Collioure is a beautiful place in both summer and winter and it should definitely feature high up on your list of places to visit. There are also some inland towns which are worth searching out, including Ceret, with its Modern Art Museum; and the lovely towns of Villelongue-del-Monts and Laroque-des-Alberes, both of which are just a 15 minute drive from the coast.

 

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