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For the genus of snails, see Olivella (gastropod). For the footballer, see Ferran Olivella. For the Italian wine grape, see Olivella (grape).
Olivella and its church
Olivella and its church
Coat of arms of Olivella
Coat of arms
Olivella is located in Catalonia
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 41°19′0″N 1°49′0″E / 41.31667°N 1.81667°E / 41.31667; 1.81667
Country  Spain
Community  Catalonia
Province Barcelona
Comarca Garraf
 • Mayor Joaquim Mas Rius
 • Total 38.75 km2 (14.96 sq mi)
Elevation 211 m (692 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,405
 • Density 88/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 08818
Website Official website

Olivella is a municipality in Catalonia, in the province of Barcelona, Spain. It is situated in the comarca of Garraf.


Buddhist monastery in Olivella

The first known village in the area was founded in 992 around a castle known as Castell vell. The inhabitants lived off dryland agriculture. This initial nucleus was almost abandoned after the black plague caused numerous deaths.

The area was resettled in the 14th century and gradually prospered. Nowadays there are some new housing developments in the area as well as the "Sakya Tashi Ling".[1] Buddhist monastery, located in Plana Novella.


The village is located in the Garraf Massif, in a natural park area, not far from Barcelona.


  1. ^ AADD. Museus i Centres de Patrimoni Cultural a Catalunya, Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona 2010, ISBN 84-393-5437-1

External links[edit]

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