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El Prat de Llobregat
—  Municipality  —

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El Prat de Llobregat is located in Catalonia
El Prat de Llobregat
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 41°20′N 2°06′E / 41.333°N 2.1°E / 41.333; 2.1Coordinates: 41°20′N 2°06′E / 41.333°N 2.1°E / 41.333; 2.1
Country  Spain
Community  Catalonia
Province Barcelona
Comarca Baix Llobregat
Government
 - Mayor
Area
 - Total 32.23 km2 (12.4 sq mi)
Elevation 8 m (26 ft)
Population (2002)
 - Total 63,312
 - Density 1,964.4/km2 (5,087.7/sq mi)
 - Demonym pratense (Spanish), pratenc,-ca (Catalan)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

El Prat de Llobregat, commonly known as El Prat, is a municipality in the comarca of Baix Llobregat in Catalonia, Spain. It is situated in the delta of the Llobregat river on the right bank. More than a quarter of the area of the municipality is occupied by Barcelona Airport. Apart from the transport links to the airport, the town of El Prat is served by a railway station on the coast line from Barcelona to Valencia. The municipality also has a beach and a small nature reserve at the Llac (Lake) de la Ricarda i del Remolar. El Prat is famous for its blue-legged chickens (known as gall potablava in Catalan).

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History

El Prat was founded between the years 1720 and 1740, when the town started to grow besides a path crossing. The first edifications to appear were the church (dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul), the hostel (which served as a school, bakery, and obviously as a hostel), and some other houses built by the farmers of the delta, who came to the church to pray. After this, the installation of a barge to cross the river and, later, the construction of the Ferran Puig bridge, the arrival of the railroad and the discovery of underground water improved the communication of El Prat and consequently doubled its population. In 1917, the installation on the town of La Papelera Española, a factory producing paper and derivatives, started the industrial years of El Prat. Next, in 1923, three private aerodromes started operations in El Prat, due to the plain terrain of the municipality. That was the beginning of the connection between El Prat and the world of aviation, that would end up creating Barcelona International Airport after the unification of the three aerodromes in 1948. And in 1926, another company, this time of the textile sector, called "La Seda de Barcelona", installed its factory in the town. That caused the final spurt of growth of El Prat. With the immigration of people from the south of Spain (mostly Andalusia and Extremadura), the town almost doubled in size by 1930, and again by 1950, and then increased its size threefold in 1970 with the creation of the neighborhoods of Sant Cosme, Sant Jordi and La Granja, built to be the home of these immigrants. Finally, with the next expansion, the population doubled in size once again, although has now reached a period of stability.

Demography

1900 1930 1950 1970 1986 2008
2,804 6,694 10,401 36,363 63,052 62,899

Economy

Vueling Airlines has its head office in the Parque de Negocios Mas Blau II in El Prat de Llobregat.[1] Before its dissolution, Clickair had its head office in El Prat de Llobregat.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Contact." Vueling Airlines. Retrieved on 29 December 2009.
  2. ^ "[http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-169093469.html Article: clickair on track to carry 4.5 million passengers by year end.(Brief article)]." Airline Industry Information. 25 September 2007. Retrieved on 30 March 2009.
  • 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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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Europe : Iberia : Spain : Northeastern Spain : Catalonia : Barcelona : El Prat de Llobregat
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El Prat de Llobregat (sometimes shortened to El Prat or Prat) is small city in the Baix Llobregat region of Catalonia in Spain. With a quiet atmosphere and friendly people, it has the advantage of both a big city and a small town.

Population: 63,190.

The city covers an area 32 km2, including production farming, a large industrial estate and commercial real estate.

The weather is typical Mediterranean. The annual average temperature is around 15 C. Summer is sunny but not usually too hot. The winter is mild and humid, though it doesn’t rain very often. Sometimes it rains in May and October; but not often in February and July.

Get in

El Prat is strategicly located between Barcelona and the airport which brings a lot tourism in Catalonia. Barcelona’s airport is the eighth busiest airport in the world. You can find cheap flights...

On the one hand, close to Barcelona and on the other, close to Hospitalet and very close to Cornellá, Sant Boi and Viladecans.

Bus and railway stations.

See

El Prat has a little old town with the church, the town hall, the theatre and the old market. Also, it has of narrow streets with ground houses.

The town has parks and gardens to walk and to play...

There’s an area called Parc Nou where people go at weekends to eat barbecue meat with the family. They relax and watch the airplanes land and take off.

  • River Llobregat .

Do

The people at the weekend, also, walk in the beach and sunbathe. In El Prat there is a beach. The people sunbathe on the beach.

Nowadays the beach is cleaner than a few years ago this is why people can enjoy it and go to walk and to swim. Also it has one long beach with calm and warm water.

El Prat is also famous for its bank holidays. One in September coincides with the Mercè in Barcelona, while another in December celebrates the “avicola party”.

Buy

In Zonilla, the modern town has fashion shops, bars, restaurants and an ice-cream parlour.

Eat

Poultry farmed by ”Pollastre de pota blava”. Pota blava chicken is fed with cereal.

The land of the Llobregat River delta produces quality lettuce, artichoke and melon.

Drink

El Prat de Llobregat is famous for its Vermouth and Tarrida.

  • coffee
  • beer
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