Sant Cugat del Vallès

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Sant Cugat del Vallès
Monestir de Sant Cugat.jpg
Flag of Sant Cugat del Vallès
Coat of arms of Sant Cugat del Vallès
Sant Cugat del Vallès is located in Province of Barcelona
Sant Cugat del Vallès
Sant Cugat del Vallès
Location in the Province of Barcelona
Sant Cugat del Vallès is located in Catalonia
Sant Cugat del Vallès
Sant Cugat del Vallès
Location in Catalonia
Sant Cugat del Vallès is located in Spain
Sant Cugat del Vallès
Sant Cugat del Vallès
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 41°28′N 2°05′E / 41.467°N 2.083°E / 41.467; 2.083
ComarcaVallès Occidental
 • MayorMireia Ingla Mas (2020)[1] (ERC)
 • Total48.2 km2 (18.6 sq mi)
124 m (407 ft)
 • Total90,664
 • Density1,900/km2 (4,900/sq mi)
Riu de Sant Cugat

Sant Cugat del Vallès (Catalan pronunciation: [ˌsaŋ kuˈɣat ðəɫ bəˈʎɛs]; Spanish: San Cugat del Vallés) is a town and municipality north of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Known as Castrum Octavianum in antiquity (which literally means the castle of Octavianus) and as Pins del Vallès during the Second Spanish Republic, it is named after Saint Cucuphas, who is said to have been martyred on the spot now occupied by its medieval monastery. The final part of its toponym, del Vallès, is a reference to the historical county where the town is situated, Vallès.


In addition to the monastery, the town's other notable buildings include the School of Architecture of the Vallès and the Centre d'Alt Rendiment (CAR, translit. High Performance Centre), a famous centre for professional sport training.

Sant Cugat has become an affluent suburb of Barcelona due to its location (only 20 kilometres from the city), its natural surroundings, and its pedestrian shopping area. Sant Cugat also offers restaurants, a concert venue, two cinemas, and one large shopping centre. It is also a political stronghold for conservative Catalan nationalism, with Convergència i Unió dominating the town's politics for 32 years up until 2019 when Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya took control of the City Council with the support of other political forces (PSC and CUP).

Sant Cugat has seen its population increase in recent years, with more births than bigger cities like Barcelona (2004). It has also practically merged with the nearby Rubí (population 72,987) and Cerdanyola del Vallès (population 58,747).[4]

The town has its own train station with a direct metro connection into Barcelona city centre and the nearby industrial cities of Terrassa and Sabadell.

Main sights[edit]

These are some of the main sights of the municipality:[5]


There are some districts, villages and towns in this municipality such as Mira-sol with 14,474 inhabitants; Valldoreix, which has a population of 8,272; La Floresta, which has 4,553 inhabitants, and Les Planes, which is inhabited by 1,290 people.[7][8]

This table below shows the population of the municipality over the 20th century and the early 21st century.

1900 1930 1950 1970 1986 2014
2,120 5,190 6,992 20,490 35,302 87,118[9]


National Archive of Catalonia is in the commune.


The main secondary schools in Sant Cugat are IES Angeleta Ferrer i Sensat de Sant Cugat and the Institut Joaquima Pla i Farreras.

The Japanese School of Barcelona, a Japanese international school, is located in the commune.[10] The Hoshuko Barcelona Educación Japonesa/Escuela de Educación Japonesa en Barcelona (バルセロナ補習校 Baruserona Hoshūkō), a weekend supplementary Japanese school, holds its classes in the Japanese School of Barcelona building.[11]

The European school of Barcelona (IES) is an international school focusing on international languages from outside Spain. Some of the most popular languages studied there are English, French and Chinese.[12]


A number of entities and clubs that promote traditional Catalan Culture exist. Among them,

Moreover, Sant Cugat is home to several museums, including the Museu de Sant Cugat, located at the Monastery, centred on the history of the town.

Sister cities[15][edit]

  • Western Sahara Daïra of Aargub, Western Sahara.
  • Italy Alba, Italy
  • Spain La Haba, Spain

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ajuntament de Sant Cugat del Vallès". Generalitat of Catalonia. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  2. ^ "El municipi en xifres: Sant Cugat del Vallès". Statistical Institute of Catalonia. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  3. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  4. ^ "Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain) - Population Statistics, Charts, Map, Location, Weather and Web Information". Retrieved 2020-11-30.
  5. ^ "Sant Cugat heritage - Visit Sant Cugat. only 15 minutes from Barcelona". Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  6. ^ "Monastery of Sant Cugat, the best cloister in Europe. - Visit Sant Cugat". Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  7. ^ "Guia de Sant Cugat" (in Catalan). Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  8. ^ "INEbase / Demography and population /Municipal Register. Population by municipalities /Nomenclature: Continuous Register Population by Population Unit / Results". Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  9. ^ "Ajuntament de Sant Cugat - Xifres". 2015-09-28. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  10. ^ "バルセロナ日本人学校地図" (Archive) Colegio Japonés de Barcelona. Retrieved on 4 January 2014. "Can Graells 61, 08174, Sant Cugat del Valles, Barcelona, Spain"
  11. ^ "TOPページ Archived 2015-01-12 at the Wayback Machine." Hoshuko Barcelona Educación Japonesa. Retrieved on February 15, 2015. "所在地 Camí de Can Graells, 61 Polígon Can Graells 08174 Sant Cugat del Valles Barcelona, Spain" and "バルセロナ日本人学校の校舎を借用し、授業を行なっています。"
  12. ^ "Official website of the IES school". European International School Of Barcelona (EIS-Barcelona). European International School Of Barcelona (EIS-Barcelona) (Owned by EIS). 15 November 2019. Retrieved 30 November 2020.
  13. ^ "▷ CASTELLERS de SANT CUGAT - Castells.Online". 🔺 (in Catalan). 2019-04-21. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  14. ^ "Qui som?". Diables de Sant Cugat del Vallès (in Catalan). Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  15. ^ "Ajuntament de Sant Cugat - Agermanaments". (in Catalan). Retrieved 2020-10-26.


  • 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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