Spa, Belgium

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This article is about the municipality in Belgium. For other uses, see Spa (disambiguation).
Spa
Municipality of Belgium
The Casino in Spa
The Casino in Spa
Coat of arms of Spa
Coat of arms
Spa is located in Belgium
Spa
Spa
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°30′N 05°52′E / 50.500°N 5.867°E / 50.500; 5.867Coordinates: 50°30′N 05°52′E / 50.500°N 5.867°E / 50.500; 5.867
Country Belgium
Community French Community
Region Wallonia
Province Liège
Arrondissement Verviers
Government
 • Mayor Joseph Houssa (MR)
 • Governing party/ies MR – cdH-OC
Area
 • Total 39.85 km2 (15.39 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 10,579
 • Density 270/km2 (690/sq mi)
Postal codes 4900
Area codes 087
Website www.spa-info.be

Spa (French pronunciation: ​[spa]) is a municipality of Belgium. It lies in the country's Walloon Region and Province of Liège. It is situated in a valley in the Ardennes mountain chain, some 35 km (22 mi) southeast of Liège, and 45 km (28 mi) southwest of Aachen. As of 1 January 2006, Spa had a total population of 10,543. The total area is 39.85 km2 (15 sq mi), giving a population density of 265 inhabitants per km².

History[edit]

Spa, the water city
Print of Spa, Belgium, 1895

As the famed site of healing cold springs, Spa has been frequented as a watering-place since as early as the 14th century. Though other sources of healing mineral springs have become famous throughout the world, it is the town of Spa which has become eponymous with any place having a natural water source that is believed to possess special health-giving properties, as a spa. Since the eighteenth century casinos have also been located in the town.

In 1918, the German Army established its principal Headquarters in Spa, and it was from here that the delegates set out for the French lines to meet Marshal Foch and sue for peace in the consultations leading up to the Armistice which ended the First World War. In July 1920 it hosted the Spa Conference, a meeting of the Supreme Council. German delegates were invited to this to discuss war reparations.

The town is close to the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, (actually today located in Stavelot) which hosts the annual Formula One Belgian Grand Prix. It is also the location of mineral water producer Spa.

Agatha Christie's fictional detective Hercule Poirot was born in Spa.

Spa hosted the finish of Stage 2 of the 2010 Tour de France on July 5.

Notable residents[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns - Sister cities[edit]

Spa is twinned with:

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Spa
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 4
(40)
5
(41)
8
(47)
12
(53)
17
(63)
19
(66)
21
(69)
20
(68)
18
(64)
13
(56)
7
(45)
5
(41)
12.4
(54.4)
Average low °C (°F) −1
(30)
−2
(29)
1
(33)
3
(37)
7
(44)
9
(49)
11
(52)
11
(52)
9
(48)
6
(42)
2
(35)
−1
(31)
4.6
(40.2)
Precipitation mm (inches) 97
(3.8)
84
(3.3)
79
(3.1)
81
(3.2)
80
(3)
99
(3.9)
112
(4.4)
99
(3.9)
84
(3.3)
94
(3.7)
99
(3.9)
109
(4.3)
1,117
(43.8)
Source: Weatherbase [2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Population per municipality on 1 January 2013 (XLS; 607.5 KB)
  2. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Spa, Belgium". Weatherbase. 2011.  Retrieved on November 24, 2011.

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