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A Brief History of Perpignan

Perpignan and much of the region has changed hands frequently over the centuries. Initially founded in the 10th century as the capital of the counts of Roussillon, it later became capital of the Catalan territory of Majorca. Eventually, the region became part of France when the Pyrenees Treaty was signed in 1659. The area’s connections to old Catalan and to its neighbors in Spain are obvious to this day. Frequently, you will find that operating hours conform to the Spanish style of stores closing and eateries opening for a late lunch (around 2 pm), where other French regions typically see closings for a mid-day lunch around noon.

Last updated October 23, 2010
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