Els Banys i Palaldà
|Canton||Le Canigou (main town)|
|Community association||Haut Vallespir|
|surface||29.43 km 2|
|Residents||3,460 (January 1, 2017)|
|Population density||118 inhabitants / km 2|
View of Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda
Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda ( Catalan Els Banys i Palaldà ) is a French commune with 3460 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in the Occitania region . It belongs to the Arrondissement of Céret and the canton of Le Canigou .
The first thermal baths were built around the year 633 by the Romans in the area of the municipality; at that time the place was called Arulae . The name Els Banys ( Les Bains ) has been handed down since the Middle Ages because of the hot springs . The name Amélie les Bains was not given to the community until April 7, 1840, by King Louis-Philippe , at the suggestion of Boniface de Castellane , the military commander of Roussillon, who thus honored Queen Amélie, the king's wife.
The community is recognized as a French climatic health resort and has two medicinal thermal baths ( Les Thermes romains and Les Thermes du Mondony ), which are advertised in particular for rheumatism sufferers and for respiratory diseases and offer extensive cures .
Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda is located in the valley of the Tech , about 35 kilometers southwest of Perpignan . The municipality extends in the south to the ridge of the eastern Pyrenees , which forms the border with Spain. Here lies the Roc de France at 1450 m above sea level, the highest point in the municipality.
The districts of Super Amélie, Palalda and Montalbà belong to Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda . Neighboring municipalities of Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda are Reynès in the north and east, Maçanet de Cabrenys (Spain) in the south, Saint-Laurent-de-Cerdans in the south-west, Arles-sur-Tech in the west and Montbolo in the north-west.
- 1952-1959: Paul Alduy
- 1959-2001: Jacqueline Alduy
- 2001-2020: Alexandre Reynal
- since 2020: Marie Costa
- Artur Grottger (1837–1867): Polish painter, died here
- Ernest Duchesne (1874–1912): military doctor
- Jacqueline Alduy (1924–2016): politician, died here
- Bernard Bray (1925-2010): Romance studies and literary scholar
- Pierre Restany (1930–2003): art critic, cultural philosopher and founder.
- Municipales - P.-O. : Marie Costa a été élue maire à Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda. In: L'Indépendant. July 5, 2020, accessed on July 9, 2020 (French).