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The road into Montbolo
The road into Montbolo
Coat of arms of Montbolo
Coat of arms
Montbolo is located in France
Coordinates: 42°29′09″N 2°39′21″E / 42.4858°N 2.6558°E / 42.4858; 2.6558Coordinates: 42°29′09″N 2°39′21″E / 42.4858°N 2.6558°E / 42.4858; 2.6558
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Pyrénées-Orientales
Arrondissement Céret
Canton Le Canigou
Intercommunality Haut Vallespir
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Lucien Julia
Area1 21.98 km2 (8.49 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 145
 • Density 6.6/km2 (17/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 66113 /66110
Elevation 240–1,323 m (787–4,341 ft)
(avg. 576 m or 1,890 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.

Montbolo (Catalan: Montboló) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.



Montbolo is located in the canton of Le Canigou and in the arrondissement of Céret.

Map of Montbolo and its surrounding communes


Montbolo once had gypsum mines, used for making plaster, and also lutite and dolostone. A landslide in a gypsum stone-pit in Montbolo occurred on 20 March 1886 and killed three workers.[1]


Population 1962-2008

Sites of interest[edit]

The Saint-Andrew church of Montbolo was first built in the 12th century and then modified in the 13th, 14th and 17th centuries. At the end of the 19th century, works started for a full repair of the church, but the new roof was entirely destroyed following a storm in January 1900.[2] Other repairs have been made more recently, such as the rebuild of the portal, which destroyed some of the older elements.[3]

Montbolo has two dolmens: the Caixa de Rotllan, on the city limit with Arles-sur-Tech and the dolmen de Formentera.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (French) Fabricio Cardenas, Vieux papiers des Pyrénées-Orientales, Accident à Montbolo en 1886, 4 february 2014
  2. ^ (French) Fabricio Cardenas, Vieux papiers des Pyrénées-Orientales, Tempête dans le Haut-Vallespir, 10 janvier 1900, 2 february 2014
  3. ^ Marcel Durliat, Roussillon Roman, Zodiaque, 1986