Pallars Sobirà

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Pallars Sobirà
Comarca
Flag of Pallars Sobirà
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Coat of arms of Pallars Sobirà
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Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Catalonia
Province Lleida
Capital Sort
Municipalities
Area
 • Total 1,355.2 km2 (523.2 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 6,883
 • Density 5.1/km2 (13/sq mi)
Demonym  
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Largest municipality Sort

Pallars Sobirà (Catalan pronunciation: [pəˈʎaz suβiˈɾa], locally: [paˈʎaz soβiˈɾa]) is a comarca (comparable to a county or shire in much of the English-speaking world) in the mountainous northwest of Catalonia, Spain. The name means "Upper Pallars", distinguishing it from the more populous (and less mountainous) Pallars Jussà to its southwest. Its capital and largest municipality is Sort.

Our Lady of the Mountain, Caregue, Pallars Sobirà

Located in the central Pyrenees, Pallars Sobirà stretches from south to north, starting at the gorge of Collegats to the village of Alós d'Isil, following the course of the river Noguera Pallaresa. It is the fourth biggest comarca in Catalonia in terms of surface area, and has one of the lowest densities of population in the country, about 5.1 inhabitants per km². All together, it has approximately 7,000 inhabitants.

Pallars Sobirà contains the largest lake in the Pyrenees, the lake of Certascan, and the highest peak in Catalonia, the Pica d'Estats (3,143 m).

Most of Pallars Sobirà is a protected nature reserve. There are a few territories that belong to the PEIN (Pla d'Espais d'Interès Natural de Catalunya- Natural Interest Landscape Plan of Catalonia), as Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, the Alt Pirineu Natural Park, the Natural Partial Reserve of La Noguera Pallaresa - Collegats, a wide range of areas belonging to the Natura 2000 network, the Natural Hunting Reserve of Boumort, etc.

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Population figures are from 2005.

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Coordinates: 42°31′18″N 1°11′18″E / 42.52167°N 1.18833°E / 42.52167; 1.18833