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A general view of Sournia
A general view of Sournia
Coat of arms of Sournia
Coat of arms
Sournia is located in France
Location within Occitanie region
Sournia is located in Occitanie
Coordinates: 42°43′43″N 2°26′34″E / 42.7286°N 2.4428°E / 42.7286; 2.4428Coordinates: 42°43′43″N 2°26′34″E / 42.7286°N 2.4428°E / 42.7286; 2.4428
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Pyrénées-Orientales
Arrondissement Prades
Canton La Vallée de l'Agly
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Paul Blanc
Area1 29.99 km2 (11.58 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 367
 • Density 12/km2 (32/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 66198 /66730
Elevation 380–1,234 m (1,247–4,049 ft)
(avg. 500 m or 1,600 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.

Sournia (Sornian in the Occitan language) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in the Occitanie region of south-western France. Its inhabitants are known as Sourniannais.


Sournia is a town of the Fenouillèdes, the languedocienne part of the Pyrénées-Orientales, in the canton of La Vallée de l'Agly and in the arrondissement of Prades. The river Désix runs through the village. Sournia is 22 km from Ille-sur-Têt and from Vinça, 24 km from Prades and from Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet, 30 km from Latour-de-France and 34 km from Axat.
The commune is covered by the quality wine standard AOC 'Côtes-du-Roussillon'.
Sournia is crossed by the long distance footpath, GR 36.

Map of Sournia and its surrounding communes


The current mayor of Sournia is Paul Blanc, a senator, of the centre-right and right wing party UMP founded by Jacques Chirac.


The population of Sournia in 2013 was 501 people.

Graph of population change 1794-1999

Population 1962-2008

For some reason at the end of the 19th century, the population of Sournia seemed to have a reputation for having one of the longest longevity in France, even though this fact was not clearly verified.[1]

Places of interest[edit]

  • Ruins of the former church of Saint-Michel from the tenth century.
  • The ancient church of Sainte-Félicité from the tenth and eleventh centuries.
  • Church of Arsa from the twelfth century.

See also[edit]