Le Boulou

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Le Boulou
El Voló
A general view of Le Boulou
A general view of Le Boulou
Coat of arms of Le Boulou
Coat of arms
Le Boulou is located in France
Le Boulou
Le Boulou
Coordinates: 42°31′29″N 2°49′51″E / 42.5247°N 2.8308°E / 42.5247; 2.8308Coordinates: 42°31′29″N 2°49′51″E / 42.5247°N 2.8308°E / 42.5247; 2.8308
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Pyrénées-Orientales
Arrondissement Céret
Canton Vallespir-Albères
Intercommunality Vallespir
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Nicole Villard
Area1 14.42 km2 (5.57 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 5,573
 • Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 66024 /66160
Elevation 55–363 m (180–1,191 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.

Le Boulou (French: [lə bu.lu]; Catalan: El Voló [əl βuˈlo]) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.

It is situated 12 km from the Spanish border.



The town of Le Boulou is located in the canton of Vallespir-Albères and in the arrondissement of Céret, in the south of Pyrénées-Orientales.

Map of Le Boulou and its surrounding towns

Neighbouring communes[edit]


The name of the town in catalan is El Voló.[1]


In the 10th century, the territory of Le Boulou appears to be shared between the lord of Saint-Jean-Pla-de-Corts, lady Minimilla, and the church of Elne. Le Boulou is then ruled by the lords of Montesquieu from the 11th to the 14th centuries. It finally becomes part of the crown lands.[2]

At the end of the 17th century, Bernard de Kennedy, following the court of James II of England in France, decides to settle in Le Boulou and receives French citizenship from Louis XIV of France. His grandson, Côme de Kennedy, is granted a title of lord of Le Boulou in 1755. Côme's son, Joseph de Kennedy is the running lord during the French Revolution. But his house is used as a headquarter by the Spanish general Antonio Ricardos during the first battle of Boulou in 1793. Accused of betrayal, Joseph de Kennedy is sent to the guillotine on 2 May 1794, on the next day after the second battle of Boulou.[3]

Government and politics[edit]


Mayor Term start Term end
Marie-Rose Careras 1987 1995
Jean-Pierre Salgas 1995 2008
Christian Olive 2008


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 2,512 —    
1968 2,921 +16.3%
1975 3,709 +27.0%
1982 4,292 +15.7%
1990 4,436 +3.4%
1999 4,428 −0.2%
2006 5,066 +14.4%
2009 5,410 +6.8%


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nomenclàtor toponímic de la Catalunya del Nord
  2. ^ (in French) Jean Sagnes (dir.), Le pays catalan, t. 2, Pau, Société nouvelle d'éditions régionales, 1985
  3. ^ Cárdenas, Fabricio (2014). 66 petites histoires du Pays Catalan [66 Little Stories of Catalan Country] (in French). Perpignan: Ultima Necat. ISBN 978-2-36771-006-8. OCLC 893847466.