La Jonquera

La Jonquera

Panorama of the Requesens Castle


Coat of arms
La Jonquera
La Jonquera

Location in Catalonia

Coordinates: 42°25′11″N 2°52′31″E / 42.41972°N 2.87528°E / 42.41972; 2.87528Coordinates: 42°25′11″N 2°52′31″E / 42.41972°N 2.87528°E / 42.41972; 2.87528
Country  Spain
Community  Catalonia
Province Girona
Comarca Alt Empordà
  Mayor Sònia Martínez Juli (2015)[1]
  Total 56.9 km2 (22.0 sq mi)
Elevation 110 m (360 ft)
Population (2014)[1]
  Total 3,115
  Density 55/km2 (140/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Jonquerenc, jonquerenca, jonquereño, jonquereña

La Jonquera (Catalan pronunciation: [ɫə ʒuŋˈkeɾə]) is a municipality in the comarca of l'Alt Empordà, in Catalonia, Spain. It is situated next to the border with France, opposite the municipality of Le Perthus.


The area has always been an important pass through the Pyrenees. A contemporary motorway runs not far from the ancient Roman road, the Via Augusta. Not far from there is an altar erected by Pompey at the Coll de Panissars.

La Jonquera was the site of a conflict involving the retreating French crusaders in 1285 that ended in their defeat.


Civil parishes

La Jonquera (2,888 inhabitants in the village) has got 4 civil parishes (poblaciónes). The village of Els Límits is situated on the French-Spanish border, contiguous to its French twin town, Le Perthus.

Village Population (2005)
Els Límits
Sant Julià

Interesting places


The New York Times reported that one of Europe's largest brothels opened in La Jonquera in 2010, taking advantage of Europe's open borders and "lax laws". Many of its clients reportedly come from France. According to the paper, "Advocates and police officials say that most of the women are controlled by illegal networks — they are modern-day slaves."[3]

Forest fires

The area around La Jonquera was seriously affected by fatal wildfires that devastated large swathes of forestry in northern Catalonia in July 2012.[4]


1900 1930 1950 1970 1986 2007
1588 1273 1199 1964 2582 3075


  1. 1 2 "Ajuntament de la Jonquera". Generalitat of Catalonia. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  2. "El municipi en xifres: La Jonquera". Statistical Institute of Catalonia. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  3. Daley, Suzanne (2012-04-06). "In Spain, Women Enslaved by a Boom in Brothel Tourism". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  4. "Spain wildfires: Four killed in Catalonia". BBC News. 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
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