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Perpignan is the major city of Roussillon, the French Catalan region. Its historical heyday was in the 13th and 14th centuries when it was ruled by the kings of Mallorca, whose fortified palace overlooks the city. Perpignan retains a picturesque medieval center where sights include a distinctive cathedral. Modern Perpignan is a cosmopolitan place with considerable Spanish and North African influences, and is a popular choice for travelers exploring the Pyrenees or the Mediterranean beaches. The city has high-speed rail links to Barcelona and to northern France. Online hotel booking specialist Venere has partnered with a diverse selection of Perpignan hotels. Whether you are looking for high-end accommodation, budget rooms, or something in-between, Venere can find the best value hotels in the city. Use Venere's easy booking system to secure your Perpignan accommodation in advance.
What's Perpignan Like?
Overlooking the southern part of Perpignan's old town, the Palais des Rois de Majorque is a stylish medieval palace with a few Spanish and Moorish flourishes enclosed by Vauban's more robust 17th century fortifications. Down in the medieval quarter, the 14th century cathedral is notable for its ornate altarpieces and a wooden crucifix from the 1400s. Le Castillet is a 14th century gateway tower that now houses a museum devoted to Roussillon's Catalan history and culture, offering an interesting introduction to the region. Place de la Loge is at the heart of the old town and provides elegant cafes and brasseries offering a break from the sightseeing. To the south of the center, Perpignan's Arab-Romany quarter is an atmospheric area of narrow streets and small squares with ethnic cafes, bakeries and a bustling daily market in Place Joseph Cassanyes. Perpignan hotels provide an ideal base for exploring this fascinating city.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Perpignan
English is not widely spoken in Perpignan so it's worth brushing up on your basic French to get by in cafes and restaurants. Catalan culture is prominent in Perpignan and you will see the yellow and red flag of Catalonia everywhere. The city offers a blend of French, North African, and Catalan influences in its cuisine so it's possible to experience the best Roussillon recipes alongside tapas, kebabs, and baklava. Tipping is not obligatory in Perpignan restaurants although it is customary to round up the check. Finding Perpignan hotels is simple with Venere, thanks to our system of certified guest reviews, sample room layouts, and multiple photos that help you identify the perfect option to suit your requirements. Interactive maps show the proximity of the major sights to your Perpignan accommodation.