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Ortaffa coat of arms
Ortaffa (France)
region Occitania
Department Pyrénées-Orientales
Arrondissement Ceret
Canton La Plaine d'Illibéris
Community association Albères, Côte Vermeille et l'Illibéris
Coordinates 42 ° 35 '  N , 2 ° 56'  E Coordinates: 42 ° 35 '  N , 2 ° 56'  E
height 19-90 m
surface 8.49 km 2
Residents 1,481 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 174 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 66560
INSEE code
Website Ortaffa

Ortaffa - town view

Ortaffa ( Catalan Ortafà ) is a place and a municipality in the south of France with 1,481 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) in the old cultural landscape of Roussillon in what is now the Pyrénées-Orientales department in the Occitania region .


The place Ortaffa is located on the north bank of the Tech at an altitude of about 40 m above sea level. d. M. on the eastern edge of the Pyrenees . The place is around 15 kilometers (driving distance) south of Perpignan ; the old episcopal city of Elne is about six kilometers northeast.

Population development

year 1800 1851 1901 1954 1975 1999 2012
Residents 145 335 612 512 606 1,093 1,270

Despite the phylloxera crisis in viticulture and the loss of jobs due to the mechanization of agriculture , the population of the municipality rose continuously due to its relative proximity to the city of Perpignan.


Traditionally, the residents lived as self-sufficient food from their (wine) fields and from a little cattle-raising (sheep, goats, chickens). The wines produced in the municipality today are marketed through various appellations . Since the middle of the 20th century, there has been income from tourism in the form of renting holiday apartments ( gîtes ).


Small prehistoric finds were made in the municipality; The Celts , Romans , Visigoths and Moors , on the other hand, left no traces. The first mention of the Sainte-Eugénie church comes from 1145; at that time the castle was owned by the bishops of Elne .


  • The single-nave parish church of Sainte-Eugenie was built in the 12th century; However, it was later changed by a south porch and a new west facade with an attached bell gable ( clocher mur or espadanya ). Only the nave and the apse are Romanesque, but their stylistically idiosyncratic high blind arcades are a mystery to historians. Large parts of the structure have been recognized as a monument historique since 1964 .
  • Parts of the medieval castle ( château ) of the bishops of Elne are still preserved; the complex now serves as a hotel.
  • The city ​​tower, made of bricks and rubble, but based on the shape of the Paris Eiffel Tower, dates from 1898–1900 . He wears a wrought iron 'crown'.

Web links

Commons : Ortaffa  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Église Sainte-Eugénie, Ortaffa in the Base Mérimée of the French Ministry of Culture (French)