Villefranche-de-Conflent

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Villefranche-de-Conflent
Vilafranca de Conflent
Villefranche-de-Conflent is located in France
Villefranche-de-Conflent
Villefranche-de-Conflent
Coordinates: 42°35′17″N 2°22′07″E / 42.5881°N 2.3686°E / 42.5881; 2.3686Coordinates: 42°35′17″N 2°22′07″E / 42.5881°N 2.3686°E / 42.5881; 2.3686
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Pyrénées-Orientales
Arrondissement Prades
Canton Prades
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) François Galte
Area
 • Land1 4.46 km2 (1.72 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 244
 • Population2 density 55/km2 (140/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 66223 / 66500
Elevation 390–1,395 m (1,280–4,577 ft)
(avg. 432 m or 1,417 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Villefranche-de-Conflent (Catalan: Vilafranca de Conflent) is historically a town in the Conflent region of Catalonia, and now a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.

History and geography[edit]

The original town dates from 1098, and was fortified because of its strategic position in lands that changed hands between French and Spanish occupation.

The defensive walls of the town remain.

The town's confined site, at about 440 m above sea level, is relatively level ground surrounded by

  • the northeast-flowing river Têt (on the town's west and north),
  • the Cady, which flows north to empty into the Têt (on the east), and
  • a peak (at nearly 800 m), less than 800 m away (on the south).[1]

The N116 from Perpignan on the Mediterranean passes, as a two-lane highway, between the southern town wall and an embankment cut into the high ground to the south;[1] this route continues west into the adjacent Cerdagne region.

Villefranche-de-Conflent, viewed from the north

The Train jaune[edit]

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The town's train station starts and ends the route of the scenic 'Train Jaune' (or, in Catalan, Tren Groc).

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