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La Jonquera
—  Municipality  —
Panorama of the Requesens Castle

Coat of arms
La Jonquera is located in Catalonia
La Jonquera
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 42°25′11″N 2°52′31″E / 42.41972°N 2.87528°E / 42.41972; 2.87528Coordinates: 42°25′11″N 2°52′31″E / 42.41972°N 2.87528°E / 42.41972; 2.87528
Country  Spain
Community  Catalonia
Province Girona
Comarca Alt Empordà
 - Mayor Jordi Cabezas i Llobet
 - Total 56.93 km2 (22 sq mi)
Elevation 110 m (361 ft)
Population (2007)
 - Total 3,075
 Density 54/km2 (139.9/sq mi)
 - Demonym Jonquerenc, jonquerenca
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

La Jonquera is a municipality in the comarca of l'Alt Empordà, in Catalonia, Spain. It is situated just by the border with France, with the municipalty of Le Perthus.



The area has always been an important pass through the Pyrenees. A contemporary motorway runs not far from the ancient Roman road, the Via Augusta. Not far from there is an altar erected by Pompey at the Coll de Panissars.

La Jonquera was a site of a conflict involving the retreating French crusaders in 1285 that ended in their defeat.



Civil parishes

La Jonquera (2,888 inhabitants in the village) has got 4 civil parishes (poblaciónes). The village of Els Límits is situated on the French-Spanish border, contiguous to its French twin town, Le Perthus.

Village Population (2005)
Els Límits
Sant Julià

Interesting places

  • Church of Santa Maria.
  • Ruins of Santa Maria de Panissars (mediaeval Benedictine monastery), in the coll de Panissars.
  • Ruins of the castell de Rocabertí.
  • Castell de Canadal, with the church of Santa Cristina or Sant Jaume de Canadal (c. IX).
  • Romanesque churches (Sant Pere del Pla de l'Arca and Sant Martí del Forn del Vidre (X century), and Santa Llúcia, Sant Miquel de Solans and Sant Julià dels Torts (XII century).
  • Porta Catalana (work of Josep Lluís Sert), in the border.
  • Several megalithic monuments (dolmens and menhirs).


1900 1930 1950 1970 1986 2007
1588 1273 1199 1964 2582 3075


  • 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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