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Ajunatment Valls Catalonia.jpg
Coat of arms of Valls
Coat of arms
Valls is located in Catalonia
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 41°17′18″N 1°15′7″E / 41.28833°N 1.25194°E / 41.28833; 1.25194
Country  Spain
Community  Catalonia
Province Tarragona
Comarca Alt Camp
 • Mayor Albert Batet
 • Total 55.28 km2 (21.34 sq mi)
Elevation 215 m (705 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 25,158
 • Density 460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Vallencs
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website Official website
Calçots eating competition in Valls-Concurs

Valls is the capital of the comarca of Alt Camp, in Catalonia, Spain. According to the 2014 census it has a population of 24,570.

The typical food is calçots and also typical are the human towers called castells. The town is the birthplace of the composer Robert Gerhard (1896–1970).


Valls is a city and municipality in the province of Tarragona in Catalonia in northeastern Spain. It is the capital of the county of Alt Camp. With a population of 24,570 inhabitants in 2014, it represents more than half of the population of the county.[1] It is located in the area known as Camp de Tarragona next to the River Francolí, near Reus (Baix Camp) and Tarragona (Tarragonès), the capital of the province.[2]


Valls is known for its culinary tradition, the feasting on calçots at what is known as a "calçotada". The calçots are a large type of sweet-flavoured spring onion, barbecued over a pit of flaming vines, and eaten piping hot with romesco sauce in gloved hands. The calçots are only available between December and May and draw diners from as far away as Barcelona. The calçot is grown locally and has a "PGI" (Protected Geographical Indication) status in the same way that champagne does.[3]

The composer Roberto Gerhard was born in Valls in 1896. He studied under Charles Koechlin in Paris and under Arnold Schoenberg in Vienna and Berlin before returning to Barcelona in 1928. During the Spanish Civil War he supported the Republican cause and was forced to flee the country in 1939, first to Paris and then to England where he spent the rest of his life. His works were virtually banned from performance in Spain under Francisco Franco. His output included symphonies, stage works, chamber music, choral music and electronic music.[4]

Twin towns[edit]


  1. ^ "El municipi en xifres". Institut d'Estadística de Catalunya. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Philip's Modern School Atlas. George Philip & Son. 1973. p. 37. ISBN 0-540-05278-7. 
  3. ^ Scott-Moncrieff, Chloe (8 March 2014). "Calçots in Catalonia, where they know their onions". Independent. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Roberto Gerhard Biography". Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  • 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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