From Perpignan the Pyrenees appear almost just behind the city, for this very interesting town is only a few kilometres from the border with Spain. In fact this region shares a common Catalan identity with its neighbours and blends this character with some upmarket and typical French flair. The old town is very pretty and easily walkable - with the impressive medieval Cathédrale du St-Jean as one of the main attractions. Perpignan was once the capital of the Kingdom of Mallorca and the Palace of the Kings, built in 1276, is just to the south of the old town. The coast near Perpignan deserves a mention, especially the stretch towards the Spanish border, which is particularly rugged, with the Pyrenees spectacularly crashing into the sea.