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.

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Palafrugell is located in Province of Girona
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Location in Catalonia
Palafrugell is located in Spain
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Palafrugell (Spain)
Coordinates: 41°55′9″N 3°9′55″E / 41.91917°N 3.16528°E / 41.91917; 3.16528
Country Spain
Community Catalonia
ProvinceGirona
ComarcaBaix Empordà
Government
 • MayorJosep Piferrer i Puig (2017)[1]
Area
 • Total26.9 km2 (10.4 sq mi)
Elevation
64 m (210 ft)
Population
 (2018)[3]
 • Total22,860
 • Density850/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Palafrugellenc
Websitepalafrugell.cat

The area's summer climate and beaches have been exploited for tourism. In additional to international tourism, Palafrugell 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.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ajuntament de Palafrugell". Generalitat of Catalonia. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  2. ^ "El municipi en xifres: Palafrugell". Statistical Institute of Catalonia. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  3. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.

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