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8 cheap villas to rent near Perpignan airport South France
The city of Perpignan is the Southern-most city in France and is located 10km inland from the coast and 25km from the Spanish border.
The beaches around Perpignan (on the Cote Vermeille coast) are some of the best in Southern France. The Cote Vermeille is a beautiful stretch of coastline and it ranges from flat open sandy beaches, like Argeles-sur-Mer and St Cyprien Plage, to sheltered coves closer to the Spanish border (around Collioure and Banyuls-sur-Mer).
If you head North of Perpignan, you will also find some interesting sandy beaches at Le Franqui and Torreilles Plage.
The centre of Perpignan is surprisingly small, but you can easily spend a very pleasant day here wandering around the narrow streets of the old town. The Majorcan Palace is well-worth a visit and the Castillet, the former fortified gate to Perpignan, is a striking looking building. Around the Castillet you will find a good range of pavement cafes to grab some lunch.
The train station in Perpignan was famously depicted by Salvidor Dali in his painting Le mystique de la Gare de Perpignan. Dali was born in Figures in Northern Spain and regularly visited Perpignan during his life. He claimed to have seen a vision of the constellation of the universe whilst he was waiting for a train in Perpignan and he celebrated this apparition in his painting.
Perpignan is also home to an impressive art gallery, Museum Hyacinthe-Rigaud, which displays works of art by Raoul Dufy, Pablo Picasso and Aristide Maillol.
In recent years, the traditional indoor market in Perpignan, Les Halles Vauban, has been transformed into a trendy place for food and drinks. There are sill the tradition market stalls, but these now mingle with wine bars and pop up tapas bars.
8 cheap villas to rent near Perpignan airport
The coastal town of Collioure is for me the real highlight along this stretch of coast. This former Anchovy fishing village has over the years become a haven for famous artists, such as Derain, Miro, Picasso and Matisse. The setting is superb. The stunning castle and famous church in Collioure look out over a sheltered bay, with the hills in the background framing the town.
Other places I would recommend to stay in around Perpignan, include
- Argeles-sur-Mer is the perfect place for a beach holiday near Perpignan. The town is 3km inland from the coast, but there is a regular shuttle bus down to Argeles Plage (where you will find 3 beaches, as well as numerous attractions for the kids). Argeles also has its own train station with services up to Perpignan and down the coast.
- Laroque-des-Alberes is a very pretty village just south of Perpignan and 10 km from the coast. The village provides easy access to the beaches at Argeles-sur-Mer and Collioure
- the collection of villages nestled below Perpignan and close to the coast (such as Brouilla, Ortaffa, Elne, Villelongue-dels-Monts and Saint-Andre).
- The market town of Ceret is also a popular spot. The town has a distinctly Catalan feel to it. There are plenty of good restaurants in Ceret, as well as an excellent market and a fabulous Modern Art museum.
- The small town of Thuir to the west of Perpignan is a pleasant place to stay.
- Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque to the North-East of the Perpignan, is very close to the beaches and it is very well equipped with shops, restaurants and a weekly market.
Family holidays near Perpignan France
If you are planning a family holiday to Perpignan, with your children or grand children, then there are plenty of activities to keep them occupied. You have your usual water parks and theme parks in Argeles sur Mer and St Cyprien, but 2 activities that my kids really enjoyed near Perpignan, were the Canyon Park and the Teleski & Wake-boarding centre.
Canyoning - the Canyon Park near to Argeles sur Mer and Perpignan, is an amazing activity centre situated in a disused quarry where you can jump off cliffs into 14 different clear water plunge pools. There is also a 100m Tyrolene zip wire which drops you into another plunge pool. This is mainly aimed at older kids. For more information please visit Canyoning Park.
The daily ticket prices are:
Adult (12 years +) : 30 €
Child (8 to 11 years) : 26 €
Family (1 adult and 1 child) : 54 €
Teleski - is a watersports centre located near to Perpignan at St Jean Pla de Courts. It offers 4 different activities including wake-boarding on a zip wire, water skiing, water skating (I suppose the nearest equivalent is snowboarding on water) and Water jumping. There is an excellent website for the centre (in multiple languages) at Teleski.
The centre offers a Discovery introductory package at 27 € (29 € July and August) where you can try out individual activities.
The prices for individual activities range from €30 - €42 for a half day pass.
Cheap flights to Perpignan airport France during 2023
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Perpignan airport is the Southern most airport in mainland France. Although it has some regular flights to Paris and other cities in France (Nantes, Lille and Bastia), Perpignan airport is mainly a seasonal airport, with a summer schedule of flights from Birmingham and Stansted airports with Ryanair and Southampton airport with Flybe (June-August only).
Although, with the recently reported financial troubles of Flybe, there is some doubt that this route will continue to run. At nearly €590 return, it is doubtful that many passengers really regard this route as a low cost alternative to Ryanair.
During the summer months (May to mid-September), Air France and Aer Lingus run 5 flights per week from Dublin airport to Perpignan airport. The flight prices are currently quite reasonable, at around €200 each way.
Ryanair are currently advertising flights to Perpignan airport from London Stansted for just €40 return - which is an incredible price. The prices do pick up quite a lot for weekend flights, especially on a Saturday. So if you are looking to fly to Perpignan for a family holiday this summer, you might be advised to look for a villa to rent with flexible changeover dates. In fact, when you weigh up the costs, it may be worth paying slightly more for the villa (if you can arrive on a different day than Saturday), because you will then save quite a bit money on the flights.
Check the latest Ryanair flight costs and availability: FLIGHTS TO PERPIGNAN AIRPORT
Villas to rent near Perpignan airport in 2023
Here is a selection of 8 holiday villas on Go Languedoc, that are available for rent within 30 minutes drive of Perpignan airport during 2023:
1. Villa Vell-Roure, South of France holiday home, sleeps 10 (Ref: 225)
Villa Vell-Roure is a spacious 5 bedroom holiday villa in South of France. The villa is located on the edge of the small village of Villelongue-dels-Monts, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, just 15 km from the Mediterranean coast.
The villa enjoys splendid views over the nearby village and on towards the Mediterranean coastline in the distance.
The villa features 5 double bedrooms, all of which come with their own bathroom and air conditioning. The villa sleeps 10 guests in comfort and comes with a large private pool (with a security fence).
The villa is located up a private lane in a quiet residential area. The villa is situated on a substantial plot and there is ample parking for a number of vehicles.
This South of France holiday villa is the perfect retreat for a large family group or crowd of friends looking for a very special property in a rural location.
2. Villa Panoramique with private pool & views South France (Ref: 1841)
This lovely villa in Les-Charteuses-du-Boulou is the perfect place for a family holiday in Southern France. The villa is equipped with everything that you could need including, WiFi, Satellite TV, private parking, well-equipped kitchen and walking distance to a bar/restaurant. .
The villa is located on an elevated position and provides wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. The Mediterranean beaches are just 15 mins away and the villa is just 20 mins drive to Perpignan airport. Inside the villa has a well-equipped kitchen, spacious living room, Wi-Fi, Satellite TV and 2 bathrooms. Outside there is a swimming pool, large balcony and private parking for several cars..
Les-Chartreuses-du-Boulou is situated slightly elevated above the coastal plain around Perpignan in Southern France. The village is 200m above sea level and situated in a valley with surrounded by hills. The villa is located in a quiet cul de sac close to the heart of the village. There is easy access to the coast and mountain areas.
3. Argeles sur Mer villa for South of France beach holidays, pool (Ref: 1327)
If you are looking for a nice villa for South of France beach holidays with the family, then this property in Argeles-sur-Mer is ideal. This villa comes with a private pool and is situated close to the beach in Argeles sur Mer.
The house has been updated to a very high standard and provides very comfortable accommodation. There are 3 double bedrooms, a spacious living room, WiFi and lovely views over the town and to the hills behind. The house benefits from modern appliances and refurbished bathrooms.
This villa is perfect for South of France beach holidays with the family. The villa has a garden and provides comfortable accommodation for up to 6 people.
Argeles-sur-mer has 7km of beach, a marina and a host of restaurants and shops.
Perpignan is 20kms to the North and the Spanish border is 25 kms to the South. .
4. Casa Baléares - 5 bed coastal holiday villa private pool South France (Ref: 2029)
Casa Baléares is a lovely 5 bedroom villa with private pool in Southern France that can sleep 12 people. The villa is set in the foothills of the Pyrenees, just 15 minutes drive to the Mediterranean coast and the beaches at Argeles-sur-Mer, Saint Cyprien and Collioure. A short walk takes you into the centre of the sought-after village of Laroque des Alberes, with all the shops and restaurants that you will need. Perpignan is just 20kms to the North and the Spanish border is just 15 mins away.
The villa is located in a quiet residential on a large plot of 2,800m2 plot. This holiday rental villa comes with 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, spacious lounge, games room and lovely views.
This large holiday rental villa in Laroque-des-Alberes is the perfect accommodation for a large family or a couple of families holidaying together.
Laroque is a great village to be based in, providing easy access to the Mediterranean beaches and the sites of the Languedoc and Northern Spain. The village comes with a popular bar and a couple of restaurants. A great location for a family holiday in Southern France.
Available for weekly rentals in July and August from €3500.
5. Domaine de Pradines - large holiday home France with private pool (Ref: 339)
Domaine de Pradines holiday home in South France offers spacious accommodation for 12-13 guests. Set in a substantial plot of land with a private swimming pool and great views, this is a fabulous "get away from it all" holiday location. Ideal for a large family or two holidaying together. Narbonne is an ideal location for exploring the sites of the Languedoc region in the South of France.
This large 5 bedroom holiday home in South France with a private pool, is set within a peaceful valley surrounded by vineyards. Domaine des Pradines is a 120 year-old stone farmhouse that comes with 5 bedrooms.
The holiday home is just 35 minutes from the Mediterranean beaches and 45-50 mins from Perpignan airport.
This lovely farmhouse in South France is ideal for 2-3 families on holiday together or a single family group. Inside, the holiday home comes with exposed stone walls and oak beams. It also features a modern kitchen and an open plan living space. The farmhouse is also well equipped for family entertainment with Wi-Fi, TV, table tennis table, mountain bikes, table football, magnetic darts board and many other games. The large private pool and garden is perfect for sunbathing & relaxing and also features a BBQ and kids play area.
6. Le Vallespir holiday apartment with pool Pyrenees France (Ref: 964)
Le Vallespir holiday apartment is the perfect place for a relaxing break in the South of France. The apartment is just 20 mins from Perpignan airport and the Mediterranean beaches are a short drive away.
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The apartment is located within a 15th Century farmhouse, just 3 kms from the popular market town of Ceret. Ceret, was frequented by famous artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Georges Braque and Marc Chagall and there is a Modern Art Museum in the centre of the town.
The apartment is located on the top floor of the farmhouse and comes with 2 bedrooms, air conditioning and a private terrace with lovely views.
Le Vallespir holiday apartment with pool is located in the foothills of the Pyrenees in the South of France and provides easy access for walks and mountain biking..
7. 2 bed holiday rental with pool in French Pyrenees (Ref: 1795)
If you are looking for peace & quiet for a relaxing break, surrounded by lush vineyards and lovely views of the French Pyrenees, then this property near Thuir in Southern France is an excellent choice.
This holiday cottage is a lovely quiet and relaxed 2 bed property with pool for holiday rentals in Southern France. The cottage is located on the outskirts of a typical Catalan village, surrounded by vineyards and with views of the Mount Canigou in the background.
The cottage comes with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a spacious living room, patio, pool and garden.
The property is located on the edge of the small village of Fourques, close to Thuir and 15 mins from Perpignan. You can walk to the local boulangerie and shop in 5 mins.
8. Villa in Languedoc with private pool near Argeles sur Mer (Ref: 1229)
Mas Sangha is a stunning holiday villa in Languedoc with private pool close to the Mediterranean beaches at Argelès-sur-mer. This is the perfect spot for a relaxing family holiday in South France. Argeles-sur-mer is located in the Southern-most part of France and has 7km of beach, a Marina and a host of restaurants and shops.
The villa comes with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and large grounds. The villa can sleep up to 8 people and is surrounded by a fruit farm and vineyards.
This Languedoc villa is located within 7000m2 of grounds which is fully enclosed. The villa is located 10 mins drive from Argeles-sur-Mer, 5 mins bike ride to the nearest village of Saint-André and 15 mins drive to the beaches.
If you are looking for peaceful holiday accommodation for a family holiday in the South of France, then this beautiful villa in the Languedoc is absolutely ideal. The villa benefits from a private pool, large garden and it furnished to a high standard. The villa is very private and comes with total peace and quite with no neighbours nearby! The beaches are close-by and it is easy to explore the sites of the Languedoc region or even a day trip down to Spain.
Looking for a great holiday deal to Perpignan, France in 2023 . . . ?
I am Tara Haacke and I manage all the holiday reservations on Go Languedoc. I live in the South of France all year around and I have worked in the vacation rentals sector in France for the last 9 years.
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