El Prat de Llobregat

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El Prat de Llobregat
Municipality
Coat of arms of El Prat de Llobregat
Coat of arms
El Prat de Llobregat is located in Catalonia
El Prat de Llobregat
El Prat de Llobregat
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 41°20′N 2°06′E / 41.333°N 2.100°E / 41.333; 2.100Coordinates: 41°20′N 2°06′E / 41.333°N 2.100°E / 41.333; 2.100
Country  Spain
Community  Catalonia
Province Barcelona
Comarca Baix Llobregat
Government
 • Mayor Lluís Tejedor i Ballesteros (IC-V)
Area
 • Total 32.23 km2 (12.44 sq mi)
Elevation 8 m (26 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 63,312
 • Density 2,000/km2 (5,100/sq mi)
Demonym pratense (Spanish), pratenc,-ca (Catalan)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

El Prat de Llobregat (Catalan pronunciation: [əɫ ˈpɾad də ʎuβɾəˈɣat]), commonly known as El Prat [əɫ ˈpɾat], 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, bordering the coast of the Mediterranean Sea between Barcelona and Viladecans. 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).

History[edit]

El Prat was founded between the years 1720 and 1740, when the town started to grow besides a path crossing. The first buildings 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 ferry 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 Espanola, 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 flat 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.

In 1926, another company, this time of the textile sector, called "La Seda de Barcelona", built a 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[edit]

1900 1930 1950 1970 1986 2011
2,804 6,694 10,401 36,363 63,052 63,499

Climate[edit]

Climate data for El Prat(data from 1935-1969)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 12.8
(55)
13.8
(56.8)
15.3
(59.5)
17.8
(64)
20.9
(69.6)
24.6
(76.3)
27.3
(81.1)
27.4
(81.3)
25.4
(77.7)
21.5
(70.7)
17.0
(62.6)
13.7
(56.7)
19.8
(67.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) 8.4
(47.1)
9.2
(48.6)
11.2
(52.2)
13.5
(56.3)
16.4
(61.5)
20.4
(68.7)
23.0
(73.4)
23.3
(73.9)
21.4
(70.5)
17.2
(63)
12.7
(54.9)
9.6
(49.3)
15.5
(59.9)
Average low °C (°F) 4.1
(39.4)
4.5
(40.1)
7.2
(45)
9.2
(48.6)
12.0
(53.6)
16.3
(61.3)
18.8
(65.8)
19.2
(66.6)
17.3
(63.1)
13.0
(55.4)
8.4
(47.1)
5.4
(41.7)
11.3
(52.3)
Source: Sistema de Clasificación Bioclimática Mundial[1]

Economy[edit]

Vueling Airlines head office in El Prat de Llobregat

At El Prat De Llobregat stands the Gearbox del Prat plant, fully owned by the Spanish car maker SEAT, which is one of the five production sites in the world manufacturing transmission parts and gearboxes for the Volkswagen Group.[2]
Also Vueling Airlines has its head office in the Parque de Negocios Mas Blau II in El Prat de Llobregat.[3] Before its dissolution, Clickair had its head office in El Prat de Llobregat.[4]


Schools and Education[edit]

Public Centers in el Prat de Llobregat

Preschool
  • Sol Solet
  • Dumbo
  • El Cabusset
  • La Vailets
  • El Xumet del Prat
  • Llar d'infants Hello Kitty
Kindergarten and Primary Education (CEIP)
Private Schools .(Primary Education and Secondary Education )
  • Col·legi Seda
  • Acadèmia Nuestra Señora del Mar García-Lorca
  • Escola Mare de Déu del Carme
Secondary Education and Baccalaureate(INS)
Special Education Center (CEE)
  • Can Rigol
Adult Schools(EPA)
  • Sant Cosme
  • Terra Baixa

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • 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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