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The 36 Communes

City of Calce

The commune of Calce is located in the natural region of the Catalan Corbières, about 15 kilometres northwest of the centre of Perpignan. Around its historic castell, the small village of Calce looks out over the entire territory of Perpignan Méditerranée Métropole. This land of garrigues where olive trees, fig trees, almond trees and of course vines grow is made up of a wide variety of hillside soils.

The area of the municipality is 2,377 hectares and its altitude varies between 54 and 330 metres.

The story

The first historical mention of the village dates back to the year 843, under the forms Calcenum and Caucenum, whose Latin etymology means "the lime". Calce is the equivalent of the French "causse", used to designate a limestone terrain. The village is indeed located on a causse and had lime kilns in its countryside a century ago. It seems that the primitive population settled on this rocky mass, which was suitable for fortifications. It is not around a church, but around its castle, built in the 12th century, that houses and cellars were built.



Number of inhabitants

The town of Calce has about 210 inhabitants. Its inhabitants are called Calçois.

Calce, a player in the treatment of departmental waste

Calce is home to an impressive plant for the treatment and recycling of waste collected from all over the department. Nestled in a valley, it includes a unit that recycles reusable materials (cardboard, plastic, glass, etc.). The second is used to incinerate non-recyclable waste.