Sils, Girona


Monument at entrance to Sils


Coat of arms

Location in Catalonia

Coordinates: 41°48′N 2°45′E / 41.800°N 2.750°E / 41.800; 2.750Coordinates: 41°48′N 2°45′E / 41.800°N 2.750°E / 41.800; 2.750
Country  Spain
Community  Catalonia
Province Girona
Comarca Selva
  Mayor Martí Nogué Silva (2015)[1]
  Total 29.9 km2 (11.5 sq mi)
Elevation 76 m (249 ft)
Population (2014)[1]
  Total 5,851
  Density 200/km2 (510/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Silenc, silenca

Sils is a municipality in the comarca of Selva, in Catalonia, Spain. It is situated next to a former lake, which was drained in the nineteenth century. Autopista AP-7 and road N-II run through the municipality, and there is a RENFE railway station on the line between Barcelona and Girona.


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Lake Sils

Main article: Lake Sils, Catalonia

Formerly a 7 km2 lake, known as Llac de Sils or Estany de Sils existed close to this town, but it was desiccated in the 19th century and only a few residual wetlands remain. Presently some efforts are under way to try to reestablish a pond restoring a sample of the original vegetation.[3]

A seasonal pond, one of the remaining vestiges of ancient Lake Sils.
Image of a marsh in the former lake basin. Summer 2008.


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