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A hotel in Perpignan is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Perpignan hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Perpignan are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Perpignan hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Perpignan hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Perpignan have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Perpignan
An upscale full service hotel facility in Perpignan that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Perpignan hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Perpignan
Full service Perpignan hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Perpignan
Boutique hotels of Perpignan are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Perpignan boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Perpignan may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Perpignan
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Perpignan travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Perpignan focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Perpignan
Small to medium-sized Perpignan hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Perpignan traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Perpignan hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Perpignan
A bed and breakfast in Perpignan is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Perpignan bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Perpignan B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Perpignan
Perpignan hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Perpignan hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Perpignan
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Perpignan hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Perpignan lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Perpignan
Perpignan timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Perpignan often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Perpignan on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Perpignan
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For the wine grape, see Perpignan (grape). For the Rugby Club, see USA Perpignan.
Perpignan
  • Perpignan (French)
    Perpinyà (Catalan)
Perpignan seen from the Palace of the Kings of Majorca
Perpignan seen from the Palace of the Kings of Majorca
Flag of Perpignan
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Coat of arms of Perpignan
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Perpignan is located in France
Perpignan
Perpignan
Coordinates:  / 42.6986; 2.8956  / 42.6986; 2.8956
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Pyrénées-Orientales
Arrondissement Perpignan
Canton Perpignan-1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
Intercommunality Perpignan Méditerranée Métropole
Government
• Mayor (2009–2014) Jean-Marc Pujol (UMP) (Radical-UMP)
Area 68.07 km (26.28 sq mi)
Population (2013) 118,238
• Density 1,700/km (4,500/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
• Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 66136 /66000
Elevation 8–95 m (26–312 ft)
(avg. 30 m or 98 ft)
Website

www.mairie-perpignan.fr (French)

www.ajuntament-perpinya.cat (Catalan)

French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Perpignan (French: [pɛʁ.pi.ɲɑ̃]; Catalan: Perpinyà [pərpiˈɲa]) is a city, a commune, and the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. Perpignan was the capital of the former province and County of Roussillon (Rosselló in Catalan) and continental capital of the Kingdom of Majorca in the 13th and 14th centuries.

In 2013 Perpignan had 118,238 inhabitants (Perpignanais, Perpinyanés) in the city proper. The metropolitan area had a total population of 305,837 in 2010.

Perpignan: Geography

Perpignan: Location

Perpignan is located in the center of the Roussillon plain, 13 km west of the Mediterranean coast. It is the southern most of the cities of metropolitan France.

Perpignan: Hydrography

Perpignan is crossed by the largest river in Roussillon, the Têt, and by one of its tributaries, the Basse. Floods often occur, as in 1892 when the rising of the Têt in Perpignan destroyed 39 houses, leaving more than 60 families homeless.

Perpignan: Climate

Perpignan experiences a Mediterranean climate (Köppen Csa) similar to much of the Mediterranean coastline of France.

Climate data for Perpignan (1981–2010 averages)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 25.0
(77)
26.5
(79.7)
28.0
(82.4)
32.4
(90.3)
34.4
(93.9)
36.9
(98.4)
40.5
(104.9)
38.7
(101.7)
36.8
(98.2)
34.2
(93.6)
28.1
(82.6)
26.7
(80.1)
40.5
(104.9)
Average high °C (°F) 12.4
(54.3)
13.2
(55.8)
16.0
(60.8)
18.2
(64.8)
21.8
(71.2)
26.2
(79.2)
29.2
(84.6)
28.9
(84)
25.4
(77.7)
21.0
(69.8)
15.9
(60.6)
13.1
(55.6)
20.1
(68.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 8.3
(46.9)
9.0
(48.2)
11.5
(52.7)
13.7
(56.7)
17.0
(62.6)
21.4
(70.5)
24.1
(75.4)
23.9
(75)
20.5
(68.9)
16.7
(62.1)
12.0
(53.6)
9.1
(48.4)
15.6
(60.1)
Average low °C (°F) 4.4
(39.9)
4.9
(40.8)
7.4
(45.3)
9.4
(48.9)
12.9
(55.2)
16.8
(62.2)
19.4
(66.9)
19.3
(66.7)
16.0
(60.8)
12.6
(54.7)
8.1
(46.6)
5.1
(41.2)
11.4
(52.5)
Record low °C (°F) −8.2
(17.2)
−11.0
(12.2)
−5.9
(21.4)
0.2
(32.4)
2.4
(36.3)
7.4
(45.3)
11.2
(52.2)
10.4
(50.7)
5.0
(41)
1.2
(34.2)
−5.7
(21.7)
−6.3
(20.7)
−11.0
(12.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 65.4
(2.575)
50.4
(1.984)
40.3
(1.587)
58.5
(2.303)
47.3
(1.862)
25.0
(0.984)
12.2
(0.48)
25.8
(1.016)
38.2
(1.504)
75.9
(2.988)
59.2
(2.331)
59.4
(2.339)
557.6
(21.953)
Average precipitation days 5.4 4.3 4.2 6.0 5.5 3.8 2.3 3.5 4.4 4.8 4.5 5.3 54.0
Average snowy days 0.9 0.6 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.4 2.5
Average relative humidity (%) 70 68 64 64 66 62 59 63 68 73 71 71 66.6
Mean monthly sunshine hours 141.2 160.8 209.6 218.0 235.8 268.9 298.2 267.4 222.2 167.6 149.2 126.1 2,464.9
Source #1: Météo France
Source #2: Infoclimat.fr (humidity and snowy days, 1961–1990)

Perpignan: Transport

The motorway A9 connects Perpignan with Barcelona and Montpellier.

Perpignan is served by the Gare de Perpignan railway station, which offers connections to Paris, Barcelona, Toulouse, and several regional destinations. Salvador Dalí proclaimed it to be the "Center of the Universe" after experiencing a vision of cosmogonic ecstasy there in 1963.

The nearest airport is Perpignan–Rivesaltes Airport.

Perpignan: Toponymy

The name of Perpignan appears in 927 as Perpinianum, followed in 959 by Villa Perpiniano, Pirpinianum in the 11th century, Perpiniani in 1176. Perpenyà, which appears in the 13th century, is the most common form until the 15th century, and was still used in the 17th century.

Perpignan: History

See also: Timeline of Perpignan

Though settlement in the area goes back to Roman times, the medieval town of Perpignan seems to have been founded around the beginning of the 10th century. Soon Perpignan became the capital of the counts of Roussillon. Historically, it was part of the region known as Septimania. In 1172 Count Girard II bequeathed his lands to the Counts of Barcelona. Perpignan acquired the institutions of a partly self-governing commune in 1197. French feudal rights over Roussillon were given up by Louis IX in the Treaty of Corbeil.

When James I the Conqueror, king of Aragon and count of Barcelona, founded the Kingdom of Majorca in 1276, Perpignan became the capital of the mainland territories of the new state. The succeeding decades are considered the golden age in the history of the city. It prospered as a centre of cloth manufacture, leather work, goldsmiths' work, and other luxury crafts. King Philippe III of France died there in 1285, as he was returning from his unsuccessful crusade against the Aragonese Crown.

In 1344 Peter IV of Aragon annexed the Kingdom of Majorca and Perpignan once more became part of the County of Barcelona. A few years later it lost approximately half of its population to the Black Death. It was attacked and occupied by Louis XI of France in 1463; a violent uprising against French rule in 1473 was harshly put down after a long siege, but in 1493 Charles VIII of France, wishing to conciliate Castile in order to free himself to invade Italy, restored it to Ferdinand II of Aragon.

Again besieged and captured by the French during the Thirty Years' War in September 1642, Perpignan was formally ceded by Spain 17 years later in the Treaty of the Pyrenees, and from then on remained a French possession.

Perpignan is one of the houses of Lancaster Girls' Grammar School, a grammar school in its twin city of Lancaster, England.

Perpignan: Government and politics

Perpignan: Mayors

Mayor Term start Term end
Edmond Benoit July 1910 May 1911
Léon Nérel May 1911 May 1912
Joseph Denis May 1912 May 1929
Victor Dalbiez May 1929 May 1935
Jean Payra May 1935 29 May 1937 (death)
Laurent Baudru June 1937 December 1940
Antoine Castillon December 1940 March 1941
Ferdinand Coudray March 1941 August 1944
Félix Mercader August 1944 11 March 1949 (death)
Félix Depardon April 1949 March 1959
Paul Alduy March 1959 May 1993
Jean-Paul Alduy June 1993 27 April 2009 (election of 2008 cancelled)
Bernard Bacou (retired magistrate acting as mayor) 27 April 2009 5 July 2009
Jean-Paul Alduy 5 July 2009 15 October 2009 (resignation)
Jean-Marc Pujol 22 October 2009

Perpignan: International relations

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in France

Perpignan is twinned with:

  • Germany Hanover, Germany, since 1960
  • United Kingdom Lancaster, England, United Kingdom, since 1962
  • United States Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States, since 1993
  • United States Sarasota, Florida, United States, since 1994
  • Lebanon Tyre, Lebanon, since 1997
  • Spain Lleida, Catalonia, Spain since 2005
  • Spain Girona, Catalonia, Spain, since 1988
  • Spain Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, since 1994
  • Spain Figueres, Catalonia, Spain, since 1996
  • Israel Ma'alot-Tarshiha, Israel, since 1998
  • Portugal Tavira, Portugal, since 2001

Perpignan: Population and society

Perpignan: Demography

Population 1962-2008

Perpignan: Events

Since 2004, the free three-day Guitares au Palais is held each year in the last weekend of August in the Palace of the Kings of Majorca. The festival has a broad mainstream focus with pop-related music as well as traditional acoustic guitar music and alternative music. The festival has attracted international guests like Caetano Veloso (2007), Rumberos Catalans, Pedro Soler, Bernardo Sandoval, Peter Finger, and Aaron and Bryce Dessner (2008).

The famous "Sanch Procession" folklore, once forbidden by the Church, is still celebrated in Perpignan, Arles-sur-Tech, and Collioure.
Perpignan street name sign in French and Catalan.

In 2008, Perpignan became Capital of Catalan Culture. In Perpignan many street name signs are in both French and Catalan.

Perpignan: Sport

Perpignan is a rugby stronghold: their rugby union side, USA Perpignan, is a regular competitor in the Heineken Cup and seven times champion of the Top 14 (most recently in 2009), while their rugby league side plays in the First Utility Super League under the name Catalans Dragons. The Dragons missed out on a victory as the first ever French club to make it to a Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in 2007, losing 30-8 against St. Helens in front of 84,000 people.

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The Dragons' games in Perpignan against the English based sides are usually very popular with the British fans, with thousand of fans descending on the city on the day of the game, with lots of fans travelling up from the Spanish Costa Brava meeting the fans who stay in Perpignan.

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Perpignan: Economy

Traditional commerce was in wine, olive oil, corks (the cork oak Quercus suber grows in Perpignan's mild climate), wool, leather, and iron. In May 1907 it was a seat of agitation by southern producers for government enforcement of wine quality following a collapse in prices. JOB rolling papers are currently manufactured in Perpignan.

Perpignan: Sites of interest

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist was begun in 1324 and finished in 1509.

The 13th century Palace of the Kings of Majorca sits on the high citadel, surrounded by ramparts, reinforced for Louis XI and Charles V, which were updated in the 17th century by Louis XIV's military engineer Vauban.

The walls surrounding the town, which had been designed by Vauban, were razed in 1904 to accommodate urban development. The main city door, the Castillet is a small fortress built in the 14th century, which has been preserved. It had also been used as a prison until the end of the 19th century.

The Hôtel Pams is a lavishly-decorated mansion designed for Jules Pams that illustrates the artistic taste of the wealthy bourgeois at the turn of the 20th century.

Place de la République and theatre
Sadi Carnot and Vauban walkways and the river Bassa

Perpignan: Notable people linked to Perpignan

  • Anna Maria Antigó (1602-1676), abbess
  • Menachem Meiri (1249–c. 1310), Catalan rabbi, Talmudist, and Maimonidean.
  • Louise Labé (1524–1566), Lyons poet of the Renaissance who, at the siege of Perpignan, or in a tournament there, is said to have dressed in male clothing and fought on horseback in the ranks of the Dauphin, afterwards Henry II.
  • Hyacinthe Rigaud (1659–1743), painted the definitive portraits of Louis XIV.
  • François Arago (1786–1853), physicist, astronomer, and liberal politician who secured the abolition of slavery in the French colonies in 1853, was born in the nearby village of Estagel and is memorialized in the eponymous Place Arago that bears his statue in the centre of the town.
  • Amédée Artus (1815–1892), composer and conductor.
  • Alexandre Artus (1821–1911), brother of Amédée, also a composer and conductor.
  • Eugène Collache (1847–1883), French Navy officer, only known French samurai in Japan.
  • Aristide Maillol (1861–1944), French Catalan sculptor and painter. Bronzes in the Garden of Tuileries, Paris and at the Metropolitan Museum, NYC.
  • André Marty (1886–1956), communist leader.
  • Mary Elmes (1908-2002), Irish aid worker that was honoured as Righteous Among the Nations for saving the lies of more than 200 Jewish children during the Second World War.
  • Robert Brasillach (1909–1945), fascist author and journalist, executed for advocating collaboration with Nazi Germany during World War II.
  • Isabelle Pasco (born 1961), actress
  • Frédérick Bousquet (born 1981), French freestyle and butterfly swimmer who competed at three consecutive Summer Olympics (2000, 2004, and 2008).
  • Sandrine Erdely-Sayo (born 1968) pianist – youngest recipient of the French Minister of Culture Prize at 13 years old. She lives in Philadelphia where she became National Interest for the United States.

Perpignan has a close connection with the sculptor Aristide Maillol, who attended school there.

Following a visit in 1963, the Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí declared the city's railway station the centre of the Universe, saying that he always got his best ideas sitting in its waiting room. Dalí's painting La Gare de Perpignan commemorates his vision of "cosmogonic ecstasy" there on September 19, 1963. He followed that up some years later by declaring that the Iberian Peninsula rotated precisely at Perpignan station 132 million years ago – an event the artist invoked in his 1983 painting Topological Abduction of Europe – Homage to René Thom. Above the station is a monument in Dali's honour, and across the surface of one of the main platforms is painted, in big letters, «perpignan centre du monde» (French for "perpignan centre of the world").

Perpignan train station

Perpignan: See also

  • Communes of the Pyrénées-Orientales department

Perpignan: References

  1. Fabricio Cardenas. "Vieux papiers des Pyrénées-Orientales: Inondations en novembre 1892". Vieuxpapierspo.blogspot.fr. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  2. "Données climatiques de la station de Perpignan" (in French). Meteo France. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  3. "Climat Languedoc-Roussillon" (in French). Meteo France. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  4. "Normes et records 1961-1990: Perpignan - Rivesaltes (66) - altitude 42m" (in French). Infoclimat. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  5. Coppens, Philip. "Salvador Dalí: painting the fourth dimension". Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  6. "Hanover – Twin Towns". Hanover.de (in German). Retrieved 17 July 2009.
  7. "British towns twinned with French towns". Archant Community Media Ltd. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  8. "Sarasota Sister Cities Association, Sarasota Florida". Sarasotasistercities.org. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  9. "VilaWeb - Diari escola: Perpinyа, Capital de la Cultura Catalana 2008". Vilaweb.cat. 2016-04-20. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  10. "Cathédrale St Jean-Baptiste" [Cathedral of St. John the Baptist]. Histoire du Roussillon. Retrieved 15 November 2011. (French)
  11. Fabricio Cardenas. "Vieux papiers des Pyrénées-Orientales: La prison du Castillet, 1892". Vieuxpapierspo.blogspot.fr. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  12. Fiche Pédagogique - Hôtel Pams de Perpignan (PDF) (in French), Association Pédagogique de la Plaine, du Vallespir et de la Côte Vermeille, retrieved 2015-12-31
  13. "Salvador Dali: painting the fourth dimension". Philipcoppens.com. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  14. Elliott King in Dawn Adès (ed.), Dalí, Bompiani Arte, Milan, 2004, p. 448
  15. "Picture Gallery - Directory: /pix/fr/electric/emu/TGV/Duplex/misc". Railfaneurope.net. Retrieved 2016-12-17.

Perpignan: Bibliography

  • Alícia Marcet, Histoire de Perpignan, la fidelíssima (1995), Perpinyà [Perpignan] : Llibres del Trabucaire, Buy book ISBN 9782905828613
  • City council website (Catalan) (French)
  • History of Perpignan (French)
  • Perpignan Tourist Office
  • Museum guide
  • Unofficial guide to Perpignan Airport
  • Companie Transports – Public Bus System (French)
  • INSEE commune file
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