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L'Escala is located in Province of Girona
L'Escala is located in Spain
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 42°06′50″N 3°08′20″E / 42.114°N 3.139°E / 42.114; 3.139Coordinates: 42°06′50″N 3°08′20″E / 42.114°N 3.139°E / 42.114; 3.139
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Catalonia
Province Girona
Comarca Alt Empordà
 • Alcalde Victor Puga Lòpez (2015)[1]
 • Total 16.3 km2 (6.3 sq mi)
Elevation 14 m (46 ft)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 10,143
 • Density 620/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Demonym(s) escalenc/escalenca
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 17130
Website lescala-empuries.com

L'Escala (Spanish: La Escala) is a municipality in the comarca of the Alt Empordà in Girona, Catalonia, Spain. It is situated on the Costa Brava, located between the southern end of the Gulf of Roses and Cala (bay) Montgó. It is an important fishing port and tourist centre, and has a festival dedicated to its famous anchovies. The GE-513 road runs inland from the town.

The Alfolí de la Sal, also known as the Pòsit Vell, is a seventeenth-century warehouse formerly used to store the salt necessary to preserve fish landed at the port: it is now a protected historic-artistic monument. The ruins of Empúries are located on the territory of the municipality, with Phoenician and Roman remains dating from 580 BC.

L'Escala is the village of Víctor Català (pseudonym of Caterina Albert, 1869-1966) a famous novel writer.


1900 1930 1950 1970 1986 2001 2009
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  • 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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