Esplugues de Llobregat

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Esplugues de Llobregat
Municipality
Pool of Can Clota
Pool of Can Clota
Flag of Esplugues de Llobregat
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Coat of arms of Esplugues de Llobregat
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Esplugues de Llobregat is located in Catalonia
Esplugues de Llobregat
Esplugues de Llobregat
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 41°22′36″N 2°5′9″E / 41.37667°N 2.08583°E / 41.37667; 2.08583Coordinates: 41°22′36″N 2°5′9″E / 41.37667°N 2.08583°E / 41.37667; 2.08583
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Catalonia
Province Barcelona
Comarca Baix Llobregat
Government
 • Mayor Pilar Díaz Romero (2015)[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 4.6 km2 (1.8 sq mi)
Elevation 110 m (360 ft)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 46,133
 • Density 10,000/km2 (26,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Espluguí, espluguina
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 08950
Website www.esplugues.cat

Esplugues de Llobregat (Catalan pronunciation: [əsˈpɫuɣəz ðə ʎuβɾəˈɣat]) is a municipality of the Barcelona metropolitan area. It belongs to the comarca of Baix Llobregat,[3] Barcelona province, Catalonia, Spain.

During the recent decades Esplugues has evolved from a predominantly industrial city to a modern city with all services, preserving however its cultural and historical identity.

It is known for its characteristic old quarter, the only one in the Baix Llobregat area with such evocative and romantic areas as el Carrer de Montserrat and the palace of Can Cortada, which was home to the Baron Maldà, author of Calaix de Sastre, the most representative work of Catalan literature of the late 18th century.[citation needed] Esplugues holds a remarkable natural area with parks and green spaces such as the Park of Solidarity, the Park of Torrents and the Can Vidalet Park. From the mountain of Sant Pere Màrtir it is possible to enjoy a picturesque viewpoint of the entire town.

The German School of Barcelona and the American School of Barcelona are located in town and attract wealthy expatriate families who decide to get their kids educated there. Due to its proximity to the Camp Nou stadium, many famous footballers reside in Esplugues, such as Gerard Piqué and his wife Shakira, Andrés Iniesta, and Dani Alves, as well as the motorcycle racer Sete Gibernau, the former World Number 1 tennis player Arantxa Sánchez, and other personalities in the Spanish showbiz.[4]

City connection[edit]

Esplugues de Llobregat has an excellent road network, being connected to the highways B-20 and B-23, the N-340 road, and its location right across from the Avinguda Diagonal, the most important avenue in Barcelona. The city resides 11 km (7 mi) away from the Airport of Barcelona, it is 13 km (8 mi) away from the port of Barcelona, and 10 km (6 mi) away to the Catalan capital downtown.

It is linked to Barcelona through the following bus lines: 57, 63, 67, 68, 157, metropolitan buses, and T1, T2 and T3 Trambaix lines. The only metro station in the area is Can Vidalet, on the L3 line. Two other stops are under construction and will be opened in 2018.

History[edit]

The first nominal legal land section, a little portion of land with a few homes and a few inhabitants, in what is today Esplugues was made in 1096. The first documents which talk about a town called Esplugues de Llobregat date from the 14th century.

Demography[edit]

1900 1930 1950 1970 1986 2002
1057 3218 4318 29,474 47,670 46,447

Education[edit]

International schools in the municipality include:

Twin towns[edit]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ajuntament d'Esplugues de Llobregat". Generalitat of Catalonia. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  2. ^ "El municipi en xifres: Esplugues de Llobregat". Statistical Institute of Catalonia. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  3. ^ Esplugues de Llobregat became part of the Baix Llobregat in the comarcal revision of 1990. Previously it formed part of the Barcelonès.
  4. ^ http://www.mujerhoy.com/corazon/paparazzi/shakira-pique-nueva-casa-699961102012.html
  5. ^ "Adresse." German School of Barcelona. Retrieved on January 18, 2015. "Avda. Jacinto Esteva Fontanet, 105 E 08950 ESPLUGUES de Llobregat "
  6. ^ "Home." American School of Barcelona. Retrieved on February 18, 2015. "Jaume Balmes, 7 08950 - Esplugues de Llobregat Barcelona - SPAIN"
  • 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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