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Prades is located in France
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Pyrénées-Orientales
Arrondissement Prades
Canton Prades
Mayor Jean Castex (UMP)
(2014 - 2020)
Elevation 300–745 m (984–2,444 ft)
(avg. 523 m/1,716 ft)
Land area1 10.87 km2 (4.20 sq mi)
Population2 5,854  (2011)
 - Density 539/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 66149/ 66500
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Coordinates: 42°37′05″N 2°25′22″E / 42.6181°N 2.4228°E / 42.6181; 2.4228

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

The inhabitants of this city are known, in French, as Pradéens (women: Pradéennes); Pradencs and Pradenques in Catalan.[1]

Name of the city

In Catalan, the name of the commune is Prada,[2] a word that comes from the Latin word prata ("prairie").


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 river Têt 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).[3]

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.

The climate in Prades in the Köppen climate classification is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.[4]


With a population of 5,854,[5] its population density is of 539 inhabitants/km2.

Sites of interest

Some places of interest 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.

Twinned and partner towns

Prades is twinned with:[6]



  1. "Prades" (in French). Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  2. Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Université de Perpignan (2007) (in Catalan, French). Nomenclàtor toponímic de la Catalunya del Nord (1st ed.). Barcelona. p. 58. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  3. "Prades". Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  4. "La ville de Prades" (in French). Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  5. "Populations légales 2011 de la commune - 66149-Prades" (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  6. "Nos Jumelages" (in French). Mairie de Prades. Retrieved 2 June 2014.

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