Perpignan is a city of two halves. The old town, sitting on a hill overlooking the modern sprawl, is a labyrinth of narrow streets and ancient buildings, home to a thriving Catalan culture. The new town is a typical French provincial city, with wide boulevards, a busy central square and a lively nightlife. The city is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in France, with the Pyrenees providing a dramatic backdrop. There are plenty of things to do in Perpignan, from wandering around the old town, sampling the local cuisine and wine, to hiking in the surrounding hills and mountains.