Baix Maestrat

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Baix Maestrat
Localitzacio del Baix Maestrat respecte del Pais Valencia.png
Country Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
Autonomous community Bandera de la Comunidad Valenciana (2x3).svg  Valencian Community
Province Castellón
Capital Vinaròs
Municipalities
Area
  Total1,221.32 km2 (471.55 sq mi)
Population
 (2019)
  Total81,871
  Density67/km2 (170/sq mi)
  [1]
Demonym(s)  
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Largest municipality Vinaròs

Baix Maestrat (Valencian pronunciation:  [ˈbajʒ maesˈtɾat] , Spanish : Bajo Maestrazgo) is a coastal comarca located in the north of the province of Castellón, Valencian Community, Spain. The capital of the comarca is Vinaròs.

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Municipalities

The comarca is composed of 18 municipalities, listed below with their surface areas, their populations at the 2011 Census and according to the latest official estimates (for i January 2019) and their population density in 2019:

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MunicipalitySurface
Area
in km2
Population
(2011)
[2]
Population
(2019)
[3]
Density
per km2
(2019)
Vinaròs 95.4628,26728,682300.46
Benicarló 47.8626,35526,912562.31
Peniscola 78.977,8227,61296.39
Alcalà de Xivert 167.567,8266,68039.87
Sant Mateu 64.622,0621,96330.38
Càlig 27.472,1781,95070.99
Traiguera 59.761,5861,37823.06
Sant Jordi/San Jorge 36.491,00797226.64
Rossell 74.931,13393712.51
Santa Magdalena de Polpís 66.4984476811.55
La Salzadella 49.9284670414.10
Xert 82.518467018.50
La Jana 19.5076667534.56
Canet lo Roig 68.678286749.82
Cervera del Maestrat 93.246865756.17
San Rafael del Río 21.1552646922.17
La Pobla de Benifassà 136.002882021.49
Castell de Cabres 30.7220170.55

Data from National Institute of Statistics 2019

Geography

The comarca borders to the north-west with the province of Teruel (Aragon), to the north-east with the province of Tarragona (Catalonia), to the east with the Mediterranean Sea, to the south with the comarca of Plana Alta (Castellón, Valencia) and to the west with the comarcas of Alt Maestrat (Castellón, Valencia) and Els Ports (Castellón, Valencia).

Within the comarca lies Serra d'Irta, an 18.8 km long mountain range and the largest undeveloped coastal area within the Valencian Community. The range includes the Natural Park of Serra d'Irta, which was declared a protected area by the Valencian Regional Government on July 16, 2002.

Economic activities

The area's traditional economic activities include agriculture (citrus fruits, olive trees, artichokes) and fishing. Artichokes from Benicarló are covered by a geographic designation of origin.

Historical delimitations

The current comarca of Baix Maestrat also includes the historical subcomarcas of Tinença de Benifassà and Plana de Vinaròs. The localities of Albocàsser and Tírig (today located in Alt Maestrat), and Les Coves de Vinromà, Sarratella, La Torre d'en Doménec, and Vilanova d'Alcolea (in Plana Alta), were also formerly part of the historic comarca.

See also

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References

  1. Official estimate as at 1 January 2019: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Madrid, 2019.
  2. Census of 1 November 2011: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Madrid, 2019.
  3. Official estimate as at 1 January 2019: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Madrid, 2019.

Coordinates: 40°28′15″N0°28′29″E / 40.47083°N 0.47472°E / 40.47083; 0.47472