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A general view of the village of Sorède
A general view of the village of Sorède
Coat of arms of Sorède
Coat of arms
Sorède is located in France
Location within Occitanie region
Sorède is located in Occitanie
Coordinates: 42°31′53″N 2°57′27″E / 42.5314°N 2.9575°E / 42.5314; 2.9575Coordinates: 42°31′53″N 2°57′27″E / 42.5314°N 2.9575°E / 42.5314; 2.9575
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Pyrénées-Orientales
Arrondissement Céret
Canton Vallespir-Albères
Intercommunality Albères
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Yves Porteix
Area1 34.54 km2 (13.34 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 2,962
 • Density 86/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 66196 /66690
Elevation 42–1,241 m (138–4,072 ft)
(avg. 80 m or 260 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.

Sorède (Catalan: Sureda, that is cork oak wood) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.


Sorède is located in the canton of Vallespir-Albères and in the arrondissement of Céret.

Map of Sorède and its surrounding communes

Government and politics[edit]


List of mayors
Period Identity Party Profession
1966 - 1989 André Cavaillé
Since 1989 Yves Porteix UDF/MoDem Mayor & Vice-president of the Community of Communes
Other names are not yet known.


1962: 1138
1968: 1164
1975: 1491
1982: 1896
1990: 2160
1999: 2699
2006: 2962
Population 1962-2008

Sites of interest[edit]

  • The main church "St Assiscle et Ste Victoire", 14th century choir, 17th century Baroque sculptures.
  • Notre-Dame du Château, an 18th-century sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary in the mountains, and the ruins of the castle of Ultrera, dating from the early Middle Ages.
  • Saint Martin de Lavail, a 9th-century Romanesque chapel.
  • Since the 13th century, whips have been made from the local celtis tree. Celtis whips are still made by hand today in Sorède and visitors can tour the workshop where they are made.

Notable people[edit]

  • Father Antonio Gomes, known as « Padre Himalaya », a Portuguese scientist and priest who experimented with one of the first solar ovens in Sorède in 1900.
  • Philippe David Clarke - was one of the early winners of the Euro Millions Lottery in February 2004. Clarke won an estimated 19,000,000 Euros. He has lived between Sorède and Kent, UK for most of his life.

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