Buying property in the centre of Perpignan means buying one of three types: an apartment in an older building (which may need renovating, but may offer oodles of charm), an older town house in the centre of Perpignan, which may or may not have outside space, and which will probably also need at least a lick of paint, or buying a new-build apartment for sale in Perpignan, which are often offered on a leaseback scheme where the developer guarantees to rent out your apartment for most of the year for a guaranteed income. This third option is probably the best investment, and certainly the least hands-off.
Property in the centre of Perpignan for sale is a good investment opportunity, no matter which option you go for. transport links to and from the city are excellent. The airport now boasts flights to four destinations in the UK, and more are likely to come. A new TGV train line is also under construction - which will allow you to travel to Barcelona in only 50 minutes. Property prices are likely to rise as this project nears completion, with rich Spanish buyers likely to flood in for a piece of the action. Perpignan is the largest city north of Barcelona, and has lots of charm, and good restaurants, shops and art galleries, so is likely to prove popular with the Catalan bourgeoisie.
If you're looking for property for sale in Perpignan, then we'd also suggest looking further inland, about 20-30 minutes away from Perpignan. Like all Languedoc cities, Perpignan's suburbs aren't that pretty, being quite built up and flat. So we'd recommend either heading west into the foothills of the Pyrenees or east to one of the region's smarter seaside towns.
Heading inland (east), Thuir is a nice town, with nice restaurants and shops. Villefranche-de-Confluent, though a little far from Perpignan, is absolutely gorgeous. It's an ancient walled town, with quite a few nice little restaurants, and the jumping-off point for the Train Jaune. Ille-sur-Têt is also nice, a small town that sits on the Têt river, not far from Perpignan. As is Elne.
Head towards the sea for property for sale near Perpignan, and Argelès is very popular, as it hosts one of Languedoc's best beaches. Collioure, however, is your most up-market bet. This is Languedoc's St Tropéz, a gorgeous village on the sea with pastel-coloured houses, impressive ramparts and a pretty lighthouse. House and apartment prices here are very high, as many of the region's richest residents have 2nd homes here.
If you don't find property for sale in Perpignan that meets your needs on our site, why not contact one of the many estate agents operating in the region.