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Baix Penedès

Baix Penedès
Country Spain
Autonomous community Catalonia
RegionPenedès
ProvinceTarragona
CapitalEl Vendrell
Municipalities
Government
 • BodyBaix Penedès Comarcal Council
 • PresidentRamon Ferré (PSC)
Area
 • Total296.4 km2 (114.4 sq mi)
Population
 (2014)
 • Total100,262
 • Density340/km2 (880/sq mi)
Demonym 
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Largest municipalityEl Vendrell
Websiteccbp.cat

Baix Penedès (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈbaʃ pənəˈðɛs]) is a comarca in the Penedès region, in Catalonia, Spain. The area has been settled since the times of the Iberians, with ancient ruins remaining in Banyeres at Can Canyís, at the village of Guàrdies and in Calafell at the villages of Toixoneres and la Ciutadella ("The Citadel"). The capital is El Vendrell.

Municipalities

Municipality Population
(2014)[1]
Area
km2[1]
Albinyana 2,335 19.4
L'Arboç 5,515 14.1
Banyeres del Penedès 3,057 12.2
Bellvei 2,174 8.3
La Bisbal del Penedès 3,495 32.5
Bonastre 622 25.0
Calafell 24,333 20.4
Cunit 11,989 9.7
Llorenç del Penedès 2,306 4.6
Masllorenç 519 6.6
El Montmell 1,418 72.8
Sant Jaume dels Domenys 2,493 24.4
Santa Oliva 3,287 9.6
El Vendrell 36,719 36.8
• Total: 14 100,262 296.4

Castellers

Baix Penedès has one of the longest-lived traditions of castellers in Catalonia. (Castellers practice the traditional Catalan art/sport of making human pyramids.) The comarcal capital, el Vendrell, has a monument dedicated to castellers.

The most important competitions of Castellers in the comarca occur each year as part of the August festival in honor of the Virgin Mary at Bisbal and on the fourth Sunday of August at L'Arboç, with castellers from all over Catalonia.

People from Baix Penedès

Among the most important historical figures from Baix Penedès are:

  • Àngel Guimerà (1845–1924): writer. Guimerà was originally from the Canary Islands, but his mother was from el Vendrell, and he eventually settled there in his ancestral home, cal Guimerà.
  • Pablo Casals (1876–1973): cellist and composer. The house-museum vila Casals is at Sant Salvador, as is a concert hall, l'Auditori Pau Casals.
  • Aureli Maria Escarré (1908–1968): abbot of Montserrat. Since 1978, there has been a monument to him in his home village of l'Arboç, where his ancestral home is on the main street.
  • Andreu Nin (1892–1937) dissident Communist revolutionary in the Spanish Civil War)

References

  1. ^ a b "El municipi en xifres". Institut d'Estadística de Catalunya. Retrieved 25 May 2015.

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