The 36 Communes
City of Pollestres
Pollestres occupies a privileged geographical position. Nestled on the edge of the Roussillon plain and the first wrinkles of the Aspres, it is 5 minutes from the Villeneuve-de-la-Raho lake, 20 minutes from the Mediterranean Sea, 30 minutes from Spain and 1 hour from the ski resorts.The surface area of the commune is 830 hectares and its altitude varies between 24 and 83 metres.
Foal breeding ? Chickens? Place where poplars abound? A probable origin could simply correspond to a domain name: "Pollastra" which means "chick" in Latin, a frequent Roman nickname. It is in any case the emblem retained by the commune. In the 9th century, Pollestres belonged to the abbey of Arles. It was then owned by the great Benedictine monastery of San Père de Rodes until the 14th century. Lay lords, however, had rights and lands over Pollestres. The monks only obtained absolute seigniory in 1379. In 1381, Pollestres became a secular seigneury through a sale by the Benedictines to the Donzel Felip Roig. It changed hands several times, but kept this status until the French Revolution.
Number of inhabitants
The town of Pollestres has approximately 5,084 inhabitants. Its inhabitants are called Pollestrencs.
Pollestres, a strategic crossroads
The lake of Villeneuve de la Raho at 5 minutes, the Mediterranean Sea at 20 minutes, skiing at 1 hour and Spain at 30 minutes: Pollestres occupies a privileged place. This rapidly developing town is rooted in typically Catalan traditions and heritage.