Conca de Barberà

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For the Conca de Barberà wine region, see Conca de Barberà (DO).
Conca de Barberà
Comarca
Flag of Conca de Barberà
Flag
Localització de la Conca de Barberà.svg
Coordinates: 41°22′01″N 1°09′00″E / 41.367°N 1.15°E / 41.367; 1.15
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Catalonia
Province Tarragona Tarragona
Capital Montblanc
Municipalities
Area
 • Total 650.2 km2 (251.0 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 20,723
 • Density 32/km2 (83/sq mi)
Demonym(s)  
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Largest municipality Montblanc

Conca de Barberà (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈkoŋkə ðə βərβəˈɾa]) is a comarca (county) in the province of Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain. Its total area is 650.24 km2 (251.1 sq mi). At its creation in 1936, it contained 23 municipalities, but in 1990, several of these were amalgamated; Rojals was combined with Montblanc, and Montbrió de la Marca was amalgamated with Sarral. Also in 1990, Vallfogona de Riucorb was moved from the Segarra comarca. This resulted in the current total of 22 municipalities.

Geography[edit]

The comarca of Conca de Barberà is divided into three geographical zones. The lowland sector consists of the physical Conca de Barberà region: the valleys of the Rivers Francolí and Anguera (Conca means a river valley, and Barberà is one of the principal villages in the valley).[1] The capital of the comarca, Montblanc is at the southern end of this sector at the confluence of these two rivers. The northern edge of the Conca is marked by the Serra del Tallat escarpment, which separates it from the Baixa Segarra ("Lower Segarra") region, and the south-western zone of the comarca is formed by the Prades Mountains, part of the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range. which straddle the border between Conca de Barberà and the adjoining comarcas of Alt Camp, Baix Camp, Garrigues and Priorat.[2] These rounded limestone outcrops are clad in forests of pine, oak and chestnut. The climate of the comarca is transitional between a Mediterranean climate and the continental inland climate. The rainfall averages 550 mm (21.7 in), mostly falling in spring and autumn. It can be foggy in winter and the temperature can rise to 38 °C (100 °F) in summer. The comarca has a rich and diverse flora and fauna.[3]

Wind power[edit]

The northern Serra del Tallat region is the site of several wind farms. When the Catalan Government’s Energy Plan 2006–2015 was prepared with proposals that affected the comarca of Conca de Barberà, opinion was divided. Some municipalities favoured the construction of the wind turbines as generating income which would benefit the community, while others objected to the imposition of such projects by the Catalonian authorities without sufficient input by the affected municipalities.[4] In January 2012 it was announced that wind power production in Catalonia had reached 1,000 megawatts, enough to supply over four percent of Catalonia's power needs.[5]

Municipalities[edit]

Municipality Population
(2014)[6]
Area
km2[6]
Barberà de la Conca 519 26.6
Blancafort 413 14.5
Conesa 122 29.0
L'Espluga de Francolí 3,836 57.0
Forès 46 16.0
Llorac 112 23.3
Montblanc 7,359 91.1
Passanant i Belltall 154 27.4
Les Piles 214 22.4
Pira 480 8.0
Pontils 123 67.6
Rocafort de Queralt 256 8.5
Santa Coloma de Queralt 2,931 33.8
Sarral 1,595 52.4
Savallà del Comtat 65 14.8
Senan 53 11.7
Solivella 653 21.4
Vallclara 116 13.6
Vallfogona de Riucorb 99 10.9
Vilanova de Prades 126 21.5
Vilaverd 487 12.6
Vimbodí i Poblet 964 66.1
• Total: 22 20,723 650.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "la Conca de Barberà". Gran Enciclopèdia Catalana. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  2. ^ Philip's Modern School Atlas. George Philip & Son. 1973. p. 37. ISBN 0-540-05278-7. 
  3. ^ Màrius Domingo de Pedro (2005). Els ocells a la Conca de Barberà. Cossetània Edicions. pp. 9–. ISBN 978-84-9791-128-3. 
  4. ^ Giuseppe Munda (2007). Social Multi-Criteria Evaluation for a Sustainable Economy. Springer Science & Business Media. pp. 48–. ISBN 978-3-540-73703-2. 
  5. ^ "Wind power production in Catalonia reaches 1,000 megawatts". Catalan News Agency. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "El municipi en xifres". Institut d'Estadística de Catalunya. Retrieved 2015-05-25. 

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Coordinates: 41°22′N 1°09′E / 41.367°N 1.150°E / 41.367; 1.150