We seldom know the cities of France, which are away of the main tourist roads and which do not attract thousands of tourists. But the fact is that the very these places have the imprint of freedom and uniqueness on themselves. These cities, towns, sometimes villages are the places where the real life of the country flows, where traditions are alive, and where the population is not just European, but French, in all meanings of this word. Everybody will agree that big cities lose with time their national traits and become the same in some aspects, while the suburbs continue to live as they have been doing during the centuries.
Perpignan is hardly to be named a small city, but it is not Paris or Toulon all the same and it is a wonderful place to start discovering France. If you have decided to make Perpignan vacation your plane will take you to the southernmost French city, the capital of the Pyrenees-Orientales region of the country. Salvador Dali called this place (the railway station of the city, more precisely) the centre of the universe. And though it is not so, there is something special on this land, which makes people visit the city again and again. Perhaps, it is the atmosphere of total hospitality and friendship. The most welcoming people in France live there. Besides, the environment is, indeed, wonderful: perfect beaches, amazing weather and breathtaking views over the Pyrenees.
Your Perpignan vacation may be long or short, or else you may visit the city just for a couple of days and then go to another part of France or just to another country - it doesn't matter. You are just to know that this city will always be happy to see you again and to show you its treasures. An interesting thing about this place is that the evidence of the ten centuries of the history can be found in the streets and countryside of the city, so Perpignan vacation may be very interesting for those fond of history. The city itself is not very big, and everything is at a walking distance there; but if you like to observe it from the bus it is available for the price of about 1 Euro. Besides, there is the so called P'tit Bus, which is free of charge and which will take you around the town whenever you want.
Of course, you need to live somewhere during your vacations, and here are a lot of different Perpignan apartments and hotels to your choice. You may choose what is suitable for you, because they differ in price, service level and conveniences. The best hotel of the area is La Villa Duflot. This Mediterranean-style building cannot leave anyone indifferent and you will definitely like your rest there. There is a pool and the outside bar at this hotel, so you will be able to delight a really luxury rest. The rooms are situated around the patio with old olive trees, which has a very interesting and, indeed, splendid look.
You should also find some information about the activities and entertainment, which will be available for you and your family or friends during Perpignan vacation. There are a lot of them in the city, actually. Castillet and Le Palais des Rois de Majorque are the most attractive tourist attractions of the region - these buildings are very old and have a great historic value. This French city is also a home to some festivals, which take place usually in summer and autumn attracting a lot of people, especially the youth. If you like bright nightlife you won't be disappointed with that in Perpignan, as there are a lot of different cafes, bars and clubs there, which attract people of different ages and different preferences, so everyone can choose what he wants. So, Perpignan is a wonderful place to visit, vacations there promise to be really memorable.