Queralbs (Catalan pronunciation: [kəˈɾalps]) is a municipality in the comarca of the Ripollès in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain. It is situated in the Pyrenees to the north of Ribes de Freser, near the peaks of Puigmal (2909 m), Infern (2896 m) and Noufonts (2864 m). Tourism and hydroelectricity are the bases of the local economy. The Virgin of Nuria shrine is situated in the municipality, to the north of the village in Vall de Núria: it houses a romanesque mural image of la Mare de Déu de Núria. The shrine is reached by Vall de Núria Rack Railway from Ribes de Freser, which also serves the village. There is also a local road to Ribes de Freser (7 kilometres, 4.3 mi), which serves the ski resort.

Queralbs town hall
Queralbs town hall
Flag of Queralbs
Coat of arms of Queralbs
Queralbs is located in Province of Girona
Location in the Province of Girona
Queralbs is located in Catalonia
Location in Catalonia
Queralbs is located in Spain
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 42°21′02″N 2°09′47″E / 42.35056°N 2.16306°E / 42.35056; 2.16306Coordinates: 42°21′02″N 2°09′47″E / 42.35056°N 2.16306°E / 42.35056; 2.16306
Country Spain
Community Catalonia
 • MayorMaria Inmaculada Constans Ruiz (2015)[1] (JxCat)
 • Total93.5 km2 (36.1 sq mi)
1,236 m (4,055 ft)
 • Total186
 • Density2.0/km2 (5.2/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Queralbí, queralbina
Portico of the Romanesque Church in Queralbs

The first historical mention of Queralbs is in the consecration act of the church of the Urgell Diocese in 836—thus the town's motto, poble mil·lenari (millennial town)—and its Romanesque church, dedicated to Saint James, dates to the late tenth century.


Queralbs is located to the north-west of the active Amer-Brugent fault system.[4] Queralbs was entirely destroyed in the Catalan earthquake of 1428 whose epicentre was in nearby Camprodon.[5]


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Notable peopleEdit

For many years, Queralbs was the vacation home for the former president of the Generalitat, Jordi Pujol.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ajuntament de Queralbs". Generalitat of Catalonia. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  2. ^ "El municipi en xifres: Queralbs". Statistical Institute of Catalonia. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  3. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  4. ^ Olivera C, Redondo E, Riera A, Lambert J and Roca A (1999). "Problems in assessing focal parameters to earthquake sequences from historical investigation: the 1427 earthquakes in Catalonia". Proceedings I Asamblea Hispano-Portuguesa de Geodesia y Geofísica (CD-ROM). Symposium Ibero Maghrebian historical and instrumental seismicity. SIM2-7. pp. 1–8.
  5. ^ Banda E. & A. M. Correig (1984). The Catalan earthquake of February 2, 1428. Engineering Geology, 20, pp. 89-97.
  • Panareda Clopés, Josep Maria; Rios Calvet, Jaume; Rabella Vives, Josep Maria (1989). Guia de Catalunya, Barcelona: Caixa de Catalunya. ISBN 84-87135-01-3 (Spanish). ISBN 84-87135-02-1 (Catalan).

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