History and geography

In the middle of a completely natural environment, at the bottom of the steepest valley in the country and as the first city after crossing the border with Spain, we find Sant Julià de Lòria. The municipality is made up of the city of Sant Julià de Lòria and five municipal subdivisions: Bixessarri, Aixirivall, Aubinyà, Fontaneda and Nagol.

A little history

Sant Julià de Lòria is the most active cultural city in the Principality of Andorra, which has positioned itself as a benchmark in the south of the country for popular culture, crafts and training as strategic axes for its economic development.

Surrounded by mountains and Romanesque art in the form of small chapels, the town has a long cultural tradition. The proximity to the border has made it an open and passing land. For this reason, it has become for centuries the main centre of Andorran commercial activity with a strong presence of handicrafts. This industrial and commercial fact has developed a socio-cultural net that today we find transformed into various associations that dedicate their work to promotion, teaching and research of popular culture.

During the 20th century, many people came looking for job opportunities. The youth of the newcomers, the business net and the people's open nature due to the border proximity, will encourage the creation of social and cultural associations that still continue today with the task of disseminating popular culture and the birth of new cultural associations.

With the Centre cultural i de congressos lauredià (1993) and the Museu Fàbrica Reig (2003), the city is taking a very important creative and cultural direction.

Geographic data

  • Location:
    42° 28′ N, 1° 29′ E

  • Area:
    62 km2

  • weather:
    Mediterranean mountain with influence of the Atlantic climate in the highest sectors, with a lot of variability.

  • Population:
    9.700