Perpignan is a city located in the south of France which has a fascinating history as well as being known for its beautiful surroundings. It is known as "La belle catalane" and forms a part of Northern Catalonia. In 2008, Perpignan was made the Catalan Capital of Culture and it has many cultural sights and attractions that expats living in Perpignan are able to enjoy including the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and the Palace of the Kings of Majorca. The gardens of the latter overlook the city and are the home of the annual Guitares au Palais festival which takes place over three days in August. Expats living in Perpignan will be able to take in both French and Catalan culture as well as enjoy the city’s shops, restaurants and bars and explore the city’s scenery. Perpignan is known for its rugby union team, USA Perpignan, whilst rugby league is also popular in the city.
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Expatriates moving to Perpignan will find that the city has a reasonable cost of living, with plenty of options available for buying and renting property in the area. The city has a Mediterranean climate, which features dry, hot summers and mild winters. Its location in southern France makes it easy to travel to Spain and cities such as Barcelona and Perpignan can offer excellent transport links to the rest of France, including Paris, by rail and road. Perpignan–Rivesaltes Airport is located near the city and offers flights to a number of European destinations. Expats relocating to Perpignan will be able to find out more about living in France as well as perhaps get more detailed information about moving to Perpignan through InterNations, the largest online expat community with members from over 190 different nationalities who may be able to offer advice about the city in areas such as housing, transport, education and others.
Perpignan has a diverse economy and whilst it was once a large producer and exporter of wine and olive oil, there are now opportunities to work in a number of industries in the city. Expats working in Perpignan may find work in areas such as manufacturing, finance, healthcare and others, with a number of large employers based in the city, including JOB Rolling Paper. The University of Perpignan is also based in the city, offering opportunities to work in education and research. Expatiates in Perpignan who are looking for work can benefit from joining InterNations, an established online expat community the members of which may be able to provide advice about sourcing work in the city as well as about other topics which may concern those moving to a new city. It is an excellent resource which can help expats in Perpignan settle in quickly as well as give them the chance to network and connect with fellow expatriates living in France and across the world.