Baix Empordà

Baix Empordà (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈbaʒ əmpuɾˈða], "Lower Empordà") is a comarca (county) in Catalonia, Spain. It is one of the two into which Empordà was divided in the comarcal division of 1936, the other one being Alt Empordà. It is popularly known as L'Empordanet ("the Little Empordà").

Baix Empordà
Localització del Baix Empordà
Country Spain
Autonomous community Catalonia
ProvinceGirona
CapitalLa Bisbal d'Empordà
Municipalities
Area
 • Total701.8 km2 (271.0 sq mi)
Population
(2014)
 • Total132,886
 • Density190/km2 (490/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Baixempordanès
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Largest municipalityPalafrugell

Geography

Baix Empordà is the southern portion of the historical region of Empordà. It includes the municipalities between the Montgrí Massif, just north of the river Ter, and the Aro valley, in the south. It totals 37 municipalities, with a total area of 700,5 km2. It borders Alt Empordà to the north, Gironès and Selva to the west and the Mediterranean Sea to the east.

Municipalities

Municipality Population
(2014)[1]
Area
km2[1]
Albons 727 11.1
Begur 3,994 20.7
Bellcaire d'Empordà 650 12.6
La Bisbal d'Empordà 10,761 20.6
Calonge 10,541 33.6
Castell-Platja d'Aro 10,721 21.8
Colomers 195 4.4
Corçà 1,257 16.3
Cruïlles, Monells i Sant Sadurní de l'Heura 1,284 99.8
Foixà 320 18.8
Fontanilles 160 9.3
Forallac 1,729 50.6
Garrigoles 159 9.4
Gualta 362 9.0
Jafre 396 6.6
Mont-ras 1,739 12.3
Palafrugell 22,763 26.9
Palamós 17,805 14.0
Palau-sator 305 12.4
Pals 2,533 25.8
Parlavà 410 6.2
La Pera 467 11.5
Regencós 291 6.3
Rupià 246 5.3
Sant Feliu de Guíxols 21,810 16.2
Santa Cristina d'Aro 5,194 67.6
Serra de Daró 211 7.9
La Tallada d'Empordà 454 16.6
Torrent 170 8.0
Torroella de Montgrí 11,381 65.9
Ullà 1,053 7.3
Ullastret 289 11.1
Ultramort 204 4.4
Vall-llobrega 901 5.4
Verges 1,195 9.7
Vilopriu 209 16.4
• Total: 36 132,886 701.8

References

  1. ^ a b "El municipi en xifres". Institut d'Estadística de Catalunya. Retrieved 2015-05-25.

External links

Coordinates: 41°56′42″N 3°03′36″E / 41.94500°N 3.06000°E

Albons

Albons is a municipality in Catalonia, Spain.

Begur, Spain

Begur is a municipality in the comarca of the Baix Empordà in Catalonia, Spain, on the coastline of the Costa Brava.

Begur has 3,986 inhabitants (according to the census of 2005). It is an important tourist attraction in the Baix Empordà. During the summer, the population can exceed 40,000 people.

Despite its tourist character, the village has important historical remnants that go back in early history. The castle of Begur is a good example of medieval remains. The castle was constructed in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The town of Begur also includes Esclanyà (with a Romanesque old part), Aiguafreda, Sa Riera, Sa Tuna, Aiguablava and Fornells. Some of the most prestigious beaches of the Costa Brava can be found here: Sa Riera, Aiguafreda, sa Tuna, Platja Fonda, Fornells and Aiguablava. The latter is also home to a Parador Hotel.

The municipality includes the following localities:

Aigua Blava

Aiguafreda

Begur

Esclanyà

Fornells

el Racó

Sa Riera

sa TunaThe annual festival to celebrate St. Tania takes places each November.

Bellcaire d'Empordà

Bellcaire d'Empordà is a municipality in the comarca of Baix Empordà, in Catalonia, Spain. The municipality covers an area of 12.68 square kilometres (4.90 sq mi) and the population in 2014 was 650.

Calonge

Calonge is a municipality in the comarca of the Baix Empordà in Catalonia, Spain, on the coastline of the Costa Brava.

The town comprises two parts, a medieval hill village and modern seaside resort. The main urban centre and original village is about 4 km inland from the Bay of Sant Antoni. The towers and walls of Calonge castle date from the thirteenth century.

Sant Antoni de Calonge, a resort, lies on the coast between Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Palamós.

The two parts are connected by GI-660 which then leads north through Las Gavarres mountains

to La Bisbal d'Empordà. The C-31, the main north-south route through the Costa Brava splits the two parts.

Some of the bests campsites of the Costa Brava are located here, such as Cala Gogo, Treumal and International Calonge.

Castell-Platja d'Aro

Castell-Platja d'Aro is a municipality in the middle of the Costa Brava in Catalonia, Spain. It is formed from two parts: Castell d'Aro is an ancient village built around a medieval castle and a fortified church, 3 km inland on the road from Platja d'Aro to Santa Cristina d'Aro; and Platja d'Aro is a coastal town on the road from Palamós to Sant Feliu de Guíxols which stretches along a large 2 km beach. Originally a small fishing village, Platja d'Aro is now a major coastal resort, popular predominantly with Catalans and villa-owning Northern Europeans.

Along the coast, connecting the main beach with numerous small beaches, is the Camí de Ronda.

Cruïlles, Monells i Sant Sadurní de l'Heura

Cruïlles, Monells i Sant Sadurní de l'Heura is a Spanish municipality of the Province of Girona, situated in the comarca (county) of Baix Empordà (Catalonia), formed in 1973 by merging the municipalities of Cruïlles, Monells, and Sant Sadurní de l'Heura. Sant Sadurní is the capital of the municipality. According to the 2014 census, the municipality has a population of 1,284 inhabitants.

The municipality has the longest toponym in Catalan at 43 characters.

Foixà

Foixà is a village and municipality in the comarca (county) of the Baix Empordà.

La Pera

La Pera is a municipality in Catalonia, north-eastern Spain. It includes the village of Púbol. The castle of Púbol includes a Gothic church with an altarpiece by Bernat Martorell; 20th century painter Salvador Dalí resided here with his wife.

La Tallada d'Empordà

La Tallada d'Empordà is a village in the province of Girona and autonomous community of Catalonia, Spain.

Palafrugell

Palafrugell (Catalan pronunciation: [pələfɾuˈʒeʎ]) is a municipality in the Mediterranean Costa Brava, located near Palamós in the comarca of Baix Empordà, in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain. With 22,365 inhabitants it is the largest city of its comarca. Several coastal and interior towns (Llafranc, Calella de Palafrugell, Tamariu and Llofriu) belong to this city.

The combination of a good summer climate and beautiful beaches has been exploited for both domestic and international tourism. Tourists have come from a wide range of countries, especially the Netherlands, England, France, and more recently, the United States. It also serves as a summer holiday town for residents of cities such as Barcelona and Girona.

This medieval town was once fortified but is no longer. Many narrow streets emanate from Plaça Nova -a large square with bars, restaurants and boutiques. The local government (Ajuntament) sponsors activities such as concerts and dances including the traditional Sardana. St. Martí's church was built in the late 11th century and is close to Plaça Nova.

There is a new bus station belonging to Grup SARBUS whose local division is known as Sarfa. The station has a regular bus service, servicing the Costa Brava region (including Llafranc, Calella de Palafrugell, and Tamariu) as well as Barcelona.

Palafrugell was reputed for its cork manufacturing in the 18th and 19th centuries. The largest factory was owned by the American company Armstrong and employed hundreds of locals. Its closing in the 1970s led to severe unemployment. The factory's tower still stands, and there is now a small museum commemorating the cork industry just below it.

Palamós

Palamós (Catalan pronunciation: [pələˈmos]) is a town and municipality in the Mediterranean Costa Brava, located in the comarca of Baix Empordà, in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain.

Pals

Pals is a medieval town in Catalonia, northern Spain, a few kilometres from the sea in the heart of the Bay of Emporda on the Costa Brava. It lies on the C31 Palafrugell–L'Estartit road.

Santa Cristina d'Aro

Santa Cristina d'Aro (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈsantə kɾisˈtinə ˈðaɾu]) is a small town in the Aro valley (Baix Empordà region) at the junction of the road from Girona/Barcelona to Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Palamós. It is home to a number of workers in the nearby holiday resorts. The Costa Brava golf course is on the outskirts of the town.

The municipality includes the medieval mountain top village of Romanyà de la Selva and the village of Solius.

Serra de Daró

Serra de Daró is a municipality in Catalonia, Spain. Documented since 1017, it is located in the Daró river valley.

Torroella de Montgrí

Torroella de Montgrí is a coastal municipality on the Costa Brava, and small town in Catalonia, Spain. The town lies on the north bank of the Ter river, a few kilometres before it flows into the Mediterranean. The beach resort of L'Estartit also is part of the municipality, as are the Medes Islands and a large part of the Montgrí Massif.

Ullastret

Ullastret is a small historic village on the Bay of Empordà located some 5 km northeast of La Bisbal d'Empordà, in Catalonia.

Formerly a 3 km2 lake, known as Llac d'Ullastret or Estany d'Ullastret existed close to this town, but it was desiccated in the 19th century.It is home to ancient Iberian archaeological remains, and a medieval church known from the 9th century, dedicated to St. Paul and Peter. Economy is based mostly on tourism and agriculture.

Ullà

Ullà is a village in the province of Girona and autonomous community of Catalonia, Spain.

Vall-llobrega

Vall-llobrega is a village in the province of Girona and autonomous community of Catalonia, Spain.

Verges, Catalonia

Verges is a Spanish municipality in the Province of Girona, in Catalonia.

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