by Caroline Hill


Judging by the amount of cars parked on pavements, across zebra crossings and on yellow lines it seems that nobody likes to pay to park – but the risk of finding a penalty notice on the windscreen or having your car towed away is extremely high.  Last year nearly 50,000 fines were issued in Perpignan alone.  Here is a guide to parking around the region (with grateful thanks to ‘La Semaine du Roussillon’ for the research):

PERPIGNAN

There are 9 main Car Parks in the town, with varying tariffs & opening hours:

Parking Clemenceau – 448 Places

Parking Republique – 318 Places

Parking Wilson – 498 Places

Parking Saint Martin – 300 Places

Parking de La Gare (Cote Nouvelle Gare) – 950 Places

Parking de La Gare (Cote Ancienne Gare) – 136 Places

Parking Arago – 535 Places

Parking Catalogne – 290 Places

Central Parking – 487 Places

There are also 3 ‘levels’ of parking meter zones – the colour is indicated on the meter:

Zone Orange – 1,50euro per hour, maximum of 2 hours.

Zone Verte – 0,90 euro per hour, maximum of 2 hours

Zone Jaune – 1 euro for half-a-day, maximum of one day.

These yellow zones can be found at:

Avenue Torcatis – north entrance of Pont Joffre

Rue Pierre Dupon – along the river near Pont Joffre

Place des Esplanades – the triangular square by the military barracks

Avenue du Lycee – along Lycee Arago

Avenue Henri Ribere – by the Quai de Hanovre & the rail track

Rue Frederic Valette – between the old station and the Avenue de Grande Bretagne

 

AMELIE-LES-BAINS

Three main car parks with varying tariffs and opening hours.

There are also 2 zones of metered parking in the town centre.

 

ARGELES-SUR-MER

Free unlimited parking in the village (except for Place Gambetta and by the Route National where the time is limited to 1 hour 30 minutes).

At the beach, parking is free in Winter.  In summer the Parking du Port will be 3 euros per day and Parking des Platanes will be 1,60euros per hour from 19h – midnight.

 

BAGES

Free parking throughout.

 

BANYULS-SUR-MER

Parking fees in force from 1st June to 30th September.  600 metered places (around 1 euro per hour).  There are two free car parks in the centre.

 

BOMPAS

Free parking throughout – except for a Blue Zone in the village centre (Ave. Marechal Joffre) with a 20 minute time limit.

 

CABESTANY

Free unlimited parking except for certain zones, i.e. outside the Mairie (15mins maximum).

 

CANET-EN-ROUSSILLON

There are two underground car-parks, with varying tariffs, Parking Mediterranee & Parking du Balcon du Front du Mer.

The main beachfront Parking de la Cote Vermeille is free all winter but from 15th June – 15th September there is a charge.

There is metred parking at the Port and the Market.  All other parking is free.

 

CERET

Most of the parking is free.  There is a Zone Bleu limited to 1 hour 30 minutes and discs can be obtained from the Mairie or the Tourist Office

 

CANOHES

Free parking throughout

 

CLAIRA

Free parking throughout

 

COLLIOURE

5 metered parking areas around the town – but less than 300 spaces available.

Car Parks: One by the Chateau (300 spaces) and two near the Station (around 250 spaces).  Cost 1,50 euros per hour, 3,20 euros for 3 hours.  There is also a parking area below Le Stade (250 spaces) at just 2 euros for the day.

 

ELNE

Free parking throughout – but some spaces only offer a 45 minute wait so do check.  There are also 3 car parks, with varying fees.

 

ILLE-SUR-TET

There is a Car Park on the main square – first hour is free, then 1 euro per hour.  There is also free parking at the station.

 

LE BARCARES

Free parking throughout – except for some Blue zones.

 

LE BOULOU

Free parking throughout – even in the car parks.  There are some Blue Zones on the main street.

 

LE SOLER

Free parking throughout – except for several places around the Mairie and the central shops where there is a 15 minute time limit.

 

MILLAS

Free parking throughout

 

PIA

Free parking throught – except for a Zone Bleu with a one hour time limit on Avenue Joffre opposite the shops.

 

POLLESTRES

Free parking throughout

 

PORT-VENDRES

Car park at Place de l’Obelisque is free in winter but from 1st April to 30th September there is a charge.  There is metered parking around the Quays and two large free car parks.

 

PRADES

There is a car park in the centre of town – the first 30 minutes is free.  There is also a Blue Zone around the town centre.

 

RIVESALTES

Mainly free parking except for certain metred areas – but the first hour is free.

 

SAINT-LAURENT-DE-LA-SALANQUE

Mainly free parking throughout except for certain ‘Blue Zones’ in the centre of the village where time is limited to one hour.

 

SAINT-MARIE

Free parking throughout

 

SALEILLES

Free parking throughout

 

THUIR

Free parking throughout – except for 20 ‘Blue Zone’ spaces with a 30 minute time limit.

 

TOULOUGES

Free parking throughout

 

VILLENEUVE-DE-LA-RAHO

Free parking throughout.

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