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Els Banys i Palaldà
Coat of arms of Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda
Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda (France)
region Occitania
Department Pyrénées-Orientales
Arrondissement Ceret
Canton Le Canigou (main town)
Community association Haut Vallespir
Coordinates 42 ° 29 ′  N , 2 ° 40 ′  E Coordinates: 42 ° 29 ′  N , 2 ° 40 ′  E
height 176-1,450 m
surface 29.43 km 2
Residents 3,460 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 118 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 66110
INSEE code

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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.

Map of Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda


  • 1952-1959: Paul Alduy
  • 1959-2001: Jacqueline Alduy
  • 2001-2020: Alexandre Reynal
  • since 2020: Marie Costa

Population development



Web links

Commons : Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. 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).