Comarques of the Valencian Community

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Homologous territorial demarcations according to the Generalitat Valenciana. Mapa comarcal de la Comunidad Valenciana.svg
Homologous territorial demarcations according to the Generalitat Valenciana.

The comarques of the Valencian Community , form an intermediate level of administrative subdivision between municipalities and provinces. They are used as a basis for the provision of local services by the Generalitat Valenciana, but do not have any representative or executive bodies of their own.

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In 1987, the Generalitat Valenciana published an official proposal for Homologated Territorial Demarcations, Demarcacions Territorials Homologades (DTH), of three degrees, where the first degree largely coincides with the territorial concept of comarca. Until now, the practice of these demarcations has been limited as a reference to the administrative decentralisation of the different services offered by the Generalitat, such as education, health, or agriculture. In fact, there is no legal provision for these DTHs to ultimately have the intended “territorial impact”, that is, comarca-level political or administrative bodies. Instead, the powers shared between several municipalities are being articulated through mancomunitats, or commonwealths.

Article 65 of the 2006 Statute of Autonomy provides the first legislative foundation for the comarques.

As of 2019, there are thirty-four comarques (including the city of Valencia), with a median population of 147,227.55 and a median area of 685.43 km².

List of comarques

ComarcaPopulation (2019) [1] Area (km²) [1] Density
(i./km²)
Capital
Alacantí 487,113673.57723.15 Alicante
Alcalatén 15,585648.68 24.02 Alcora
Alcoià 109,196539.66202.33 Alcoy/Alcoi
Alt Maestrat 6,657663.1610.03 Albocàsser
Alto Mijares 3,908667.065.85 Cirat
Alto Palancia 23,753965.1524.61 Segorbe
Alto Vinalopó 52,401644.7681.27 Villena
Baix Maestrat 81,8711,221.3267.03 Vinaròs
Baix Vinalopó/Bajo Vinalopó 293,775488.78601.03 Elche
Camp de Morvedre 91,662271.20337.96 Sagunto
Camp de Túria 162,991823.37197.96 Llíria
Canal de Navarrés 15,687709.2922.11 Enguera
Comtat 28,096377.7774.37 Cocentaina
Costera 71,522528.26130.47 Xàtiva
Horta Nord 228,424140.511626.48 Burjassot
Horta Oest 354,334178.841888.77 Catarroja
Horta Sud 178,118166.191071.96 Torrent
Hoya de Buñol 42,598817.3752.08 Buñol
Marina Alta 175,156758.02228.30 Dénia
Marina Baixa/Marina Baja 188,623578.67338.04 Villajoyosa/La Vila Joiosa
Ports 4,400904.074.84 Morella
Plana Alta 252,828957.29264.10 Castellón de la Plana
Plana Baixa 190,925605.15315.50 Burriana/Borriana
Requena-Utiel 37,7531,721.0321.87 Requena
Ribera Alta 220,366970.04227.17 Alzira
Ribera Baixa 79,869276.81288.50 Sueca
Rincón de Ademuz 2,266370.226.12 Ademuz
Los Serranos 16,1591,405.2811.49 Chelva
Safor 171,903429.80400.12 Gandia
Valencia 794,288134.635.89 Valencia
Vall d'Albaida 87,349722.22120.63 Ontinyent
Valle de Ayora-Cofrentes 9,8351,141.158.61 Cofrentes
Vega Baja del Segura 355,257957.28362.24 Orihuela
Vinalopo Mitjà/Medio Vinalopó 171,069797.99214.74 Elda
Total5,005,73723,254.49214.79

Subcomarques

Some comarques are made up of two or more subcomarques. Most of them correspond with local geographical features. For instance, Alcoià is made up of two subcomarques: Foia de Castalla and Valls d'Alcoi.

Historical comarques

Historical comarques refer to former comarques that are no longer extant.

Some historical comarques of the Valencian Community are now part of other comarques in the new territorial demarcation, such as Tinença de Benifassà and Ports de Morella.

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A comarca is a traditional region or local administrative division found in Portugal, Spain and some of their former colonies, like Brazil, Nicaragua, and Panama. The term is derived from the term marca, meaning a "march, mark", plus the prefix co-, meaning "together, jointly".

Alcalà de Xivert Municipality in Valencian Community, Spain

Alcalà de Xivert is a town and municipality in the Baix Maestrat comarca, province of Castelló, Valencian Community, Spain.

Xert Municipality in Valencian Community, Spain

Xert is a municipality in the comarca of Baix Maestrat in the Valencian Community, Spain.

Tuéjar Municipality in Valencian Community, Spain

Tuéjar is a municipality in the comarca of Los Serranos in the Valencian Community, Spain.

Alto Vinalopó Comarca in Valencian Community, Spain

Alto Vinalopó is a comarca in the province of Alicante, Valencian Community, Spain.

Albocàsser Municipality in Valencian Community, Spain

Albocàsser or Albocácer in Spanish is a municipality in Castellón, Valencia, Spain.

Culla Municipality in Valencian Community, Spain

Culla is a municipality in the comarca of Alt Maestrat, Castellón, Valencia, Spain.

La Torre dEn Besora Municipality in Valencian Community, Spain

La Torre d'En Besora is a municipality of Castellón, Valencia, Spain.

Valencian Community Autonomous community of Spain

The Valencian Community, or simply Valencia, is an autonomous community of Spain. It is the fourth most populous Spanish autonomous community after Andalusia, Catalonia and Madrid with more than five million inhabitants. Its homonymous capital Valencia is the third largest city and metropolitan area in Spain. It is located along the Mediterranean coast on the east side of the Iberian Peninsula. It borders with Catalonia to the north, Aragon and Castilla–La Mancha to the west, and Murcia to the south. The Valencian Community consists of three provinces which are Castellón, Valencia and Alicante.

Tinença de Benifassà

Tinença de Benifassà is a historical comarca of the Valencian Community, Spain. It is nowadays part of the Baix Maestrat, one of the present-day Comarques of the Valencian Community, even though commercial and human relationships have been stronger with Els Ports in the west, the Terres de l'Ebre in the northeast and the Matarranya in the northwest in historical times.

La Pobla de Benifassà Municipality in Valencian Community, Spain

La Pobla de Benifassà is a municipality in the comarca of Baix Maestrat in the Valencian Community, Spain.

Betxí Municipality in Valencian Community, Spain

Betxí is a municipality in the comarca of Plana Baixa in the province of Castellón, Spain.

Rossell, Baix Maestrat Municipality in Valencian Community, Spain

Rossell is a municipality in the comarca of Baix Maestrat in the Valencian Community, Spain.

Càlig Municipality in Valencian Community, Spain

Càlig is a municipality in the comarca of Baix Maestrat in the Valencian Community, Spain.

La Jana Municipality in Valencian Community, Spain

La Jana is a municipality in the comarca of Baix Maestrat in the Valencian Community, Spain. The Cervera Mountains rise just east of the town extending southwards.

Traiguera Municipality in Valencian Community, Spain

Traiguera is a town and municipality in the Baix Maestrat comarca, province of Castelló, Valencian Community, Spain. It is part of the Taula del Sénia free association of municipalities.

Vilanova dAlcolea Municipality in Valencian Community, Spain

Vilanova d'Alcolea is a municipality in the province of Castelló, Valencian Community, Spain. The town is located inland 36 km northeast of the town of Castelló de la Plana, on the north of the Valencian Community. It is a rural dryland farming town surrounded by vineyards as well as olive, almond and carob trees.

Torreblanca Municipality in Valencian Community, Spain

Torreblanca is a municipality in the province of Castellón, Valencian Community, Spain. The town is located south of the Serra d'Irta mountain range close to the Mediterranean Sea.

Canet lo Roig Municipality in Valencian Community, Spain

Canet lo Roig is a municipality in the comarca of Baix Maestrat in the Valencian Community, Spain.

La Serra den Galceran Municipality in Valencian Community, Spain

La Serra d'en Galceran is a small municipality in the province of Castelló, Valencian Community, Spain. It is located inland surrounded by the mountain range known as Serra d'en Galceran. The town gives its name to the range.

References

  1. 1 2 Populations and areas are taken from the INE(INE website).

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