Places 

Capitalise the names of all countries, towns and other geographical terms commonly accepted to be the proper names of cultural, historic, tourist, geographic or economic entities.

Exemple correcte Catalonia
Exemple correcte Barcelona
Exemple correcte the Iberian Peninsula

Exemple correcte the Golden Coast
Exemple correcte the Third World
Exemple correcte the Wild West


The names of geographical features are also capitalised. The generic term (lake, sea, river, channel, etc.) is also capitalised when it is used as part of the name.

Exemple correcte the Mediterranean Sea
Exemple correcte the River Francolí
Exemple correcte Lake Banyoles

Otherwise, no capital letter is used (see Reference).

Exemple correcte the Mediterranean and the Baltic seas


Capitalise the initial article in place names, even though it is lowercased in Catalan.

Exemple correcte El Morell
Exemple correcte La Floresta
Exemple correcte L’Anoia


When you are referring to parts of cities, capitalise terms such as avinguda, carrer, carretera, passeig and plaça, even though these are lowercased in Catalan (see also Place names in the section on translation).

Exemple correcte All Erasmus Week participants should be at the station in Plaça de Catalunya at 9 a.m.


Compass directions should only be capitalised when they are part of the name of a recognised geographical or political region.

Exemple correcte The URV has established an agreement with Queen’s University, the leading university in Northern Ireland.

Exemple correcte The URV is the university of southern Catalonia.
Darrera actualització: 14-11-2017
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Recommended citation:
«Places» [en línia]. A: Criteris de la Universitat de Barcelona (CUB). Style Guide. Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona. Serveis Lingüístics. <https://www.ub.edu/cub/criteri.php?id=2341> [consulta: 18 maig 2021].