Manlleu

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Manlleu
Municipality
Church of Santa Maria.
Church of Santa Maria.
Coat of arms of Manlleu
Coat of arms
Manlleu is located in Catalonia
Manlleu
Manlleu
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 42°00′0″N 2°17′1″E / 42.00000°N 2.28361°E / 42.00000; 2.28361
Country Spain
Autonomous community Catalonia
Province Barcelona
Comarca Osona
Government
 • Mayor Pere Prat i Boix
Area
 • Total 17.2 km2 (6.6 sq mi)
Elevation 461 m (1,512 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 20,647
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
Demonym Manlleuencs
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 08560
Website Official website

Manlleu is municipality in the comarca of Osona, in the province of Barcelona, Catalonia, northern Spain.

Manlleu is located in a large plain, La Plana de Vic, at around 460 metres above sea level on average. The highest point is Puig Agut church at around 594 m above the sea level. It is surrounded mountains with altitudes over 1000 m.

The Ter River, which starts in the Pyrenees, snakes through Manlleu, and ends in the Mediterranean Sea, near Pals and the Illes Medes.

Climate[edit]

The climate is cold in winter, maximum temperatures between 10°C and 7°C during the day and night temperatures between 0°C and -8°C or minus, reaching -15°C some winters. The absolute minimum record is about -22°C in 1950s. Fog is common in autumn and winter and rain normally falls around October/November, but it becomes drier in December, January and February.

Spring is variable with rain and sun. Temperatures is around 5°C/25°C during the day but with cool/cold nights. Summers are warm and temperatures can reach around 35°C/40°C, although nights are cool with 12°C/15°C.

Main sights[edit]

  • The main square, Plaça Fra Bernadí.
  • The "Passeig del Ter", a walkway next to the river Ter, running for approximately 1,5 km. It is sided by numerous varieties of trees, including poplars, plane trees, white poplar, blue Atlas cedar from the mountains of north Africa, weeping willows and common willow, lime trees, horse chestnut, evergreen oak, lime trees and a Chinese windmill palm among others.
  • The church of Santa Maria, built of round river stones from the river Ter.
  • Old buildings around the neighborhood of Dalt Vila and Baix Vila, the older parts of the town.
  • The church/chapel of Sant Esteve de Vilacetrú and the Sanctuary of Puig Agut
  • The dovecot building to control pigeons in an ethical way, on the "Passeig del Ter".
  • The textile Industry Museum (Museu Industrial del Ter), located between the river Ter and the industrial canal.
  • Old farmhouses in the countryside include Mas Corcó, Mas Bellfort and Mas la Rierola which offers rural tourism.

Economy[edit]

Agriculture is active in Manlleu's neighborhood with numerous farms.