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Prades
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Coat of arms of Prades
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Pyrénées-Orientales
Arrondissement Prades
Canton Les Pyrénées catalanes
Intercommunality Conflent-Canigó
Area
1
10.87 km2 (4.20 sq mi)
Population
 (2014)
5,927
 • Density 545.26/km2 (1,412.2/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Pradéens
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
66149 /66500
Elevation 300–745 m (984–2,444 ft)
(avg. 523 m or 1,716 ft)
Website Official website
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Prades (Catalan: Prada de Conflent or, simply, Prada) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. It was the capital of the historic Catalan comarque of Conflent.

It is a subprefecture in the department and the capital of the Prades arrondissement.

Name of the city

In Catalan, the name of the commune is Prada, a word that comes from the Latin word prata ("prairie").

Geography

Prades is the main ciy of the Conflent, a natural region of the Pyrénées-Orientales; it is at the foothill of the Canigou mountain, to the west of Perpignan. The Têt river flows through the city.

It has an area of 10.87 km2 (4.20 sq mi) and its average altitude is 523 m (1,716 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 356 m (1,168 ft).

Prades and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Prades

The commune is at 44 km (27 mi) from Perpignan. It is surrounded by the communes Catllar, Eus, Los Masos, Clara, Taurinya, Codalet, Ria-Sirach.

Climate

The climate in Prades in the Köppen climate classification is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.

Population

The inhabitants of Prades city are known, in French, as Pradéens (women: Pradéennes); Pradencs and Pradenques in Catalan.

With a population in 2014 of 5,927, Prades has a population density of 545 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Prades

Administration

Prades is a subprefecture of the Pyrénées-Orientales department since 1790. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of Prades and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of the canton Les Pyrénées catalanes with 62 communes and 26,765 inhabitants in 2014.

It is part of the intercommunality Conflent Canigó (French: Communauté de communes Conflent Canigó).

Twinned and partner towns

Prades is twinned with:

Sites of interest

Some places of interest in or around Prades are:

  • Saint-Peter church with its bell-tower
  • Saint-Martin de Canoha (Sant Marti de Canoa) chapel
  • Jacomet House, dating back from the XVth century

People from or related to Prades

Prades was also the adopted home of cellist Pablo Casals and grammarian Pompeu Fabra during their exile from the Spanish Civil War. A small museum in Prades commemorates Casals.

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