Sant Carles de la Ràpita

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Sant Carles de la Ràpita
Municipality
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Flag of Sant Carles de la Ràpita
Flag
Coat of arms of Sant Carles de la Ràpita
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Sant Carles de la Ràpita is located in Catalonia
Sant Carles de la Ràpita
Sant Carles de la Ràpita
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 40°37′00″N 0°35′30″E / 40.61667°N 0.59167°E / 40.61667; 0.59167Coordinates: 40°37′00″N 0°35′30″E / 40.61667°N 0.59167°E / 40.61667; 0.59167
Country  Spain
Community  Catalonia
Province Tarragona
Comarca Montsià
Government
 • Mayor Miquel Alonso i Herrera
Area
 • Total 53.69 km2 (20.73 sq mi)
Elevation 11 m (36 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 15,583
 • Density 290/km2 (750/sq mi)
Demonym Rapitenc, rapitenca
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Sant Carles de la Ràpita is a town in the area of the Montsià in Catalonia, Spain. The town covers a portion of the south-west of the Ebre delta, including el Trabucador isthmus and la Banya peninsula, which close off a salt water lagoon known as the Port dels Alfacs. The town of Sant Carles de la Ràpita is situated on the coast near the mouth of the lagoon. It was founded by Charles III of Spain as a port to serve trade with the Spanish colonies, and constructed in the neoclassical style of the period: however much of the town remained incompleted after Charles' death.

Sant Carles is part of the Taula del Sénia free association of municipalities. It is known for the production of rice and salt, and is also an important fishing port, particularly for shellfish and prawns, and a tourist centre.In the last few years, the town has suffered a huge urban development due to the construction of many apartments and residential buildings.

Demography[edit]

1900 1930 1950 1970 1986 2007
3901 6039 7960 8964 10,306 14,262

The town now hosts two large marinas, a beach, a market and many shops and restaurants. It is attractive and draws an increasing number of tourists each summer.

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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