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Perpignan Méditerranée Métropole

The 36 Communes

City of Villeneuve-la-Rivière

This small Catalan village has retained the charms of the past. Deeply rural and agricultural, the village is located in the heart of the Riberal between Baho and Pézilla. A source of inspiration for artists, Villeneuve-la-Rivière is the village of well-being along the water of its canals.

The story

A rich heritage: from St John's Church to the canals and the mill

The territory of Villeneuve is irrigated by a system of canals (the oldest dates back to 1026), including that of Vernet Pia, which still irrigates the crops today. Owned by the commune, the mill is the last existing mill on the Vernet Pia canal. It will be rehabilitated around the theme of water and will be open to the public again. The Church of Saint Jean l'Evangéliste is Baroque in style and has two Baroque altarpieces by Lazar Tremullas, statues by the sculptor Nègre and its central dome, a local feature.



Number of inhabitants

In 2021, the town of Villeneuve-de-la-Rivière has approximately 1,340 inhabitants. Its inhabitants are called the Villeneuvois.

Agricultural and wine-growing activity

Market gardening, arboriculture, viticulture; the land of the commune, abundantly irrigated, is extremely fertile. It allows, among other things, the production of high quality AOC "Côtes du Roussillon" and "Muscat de Rivesaltes" wines.