Vall d'Albaida

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Vall d'Albaida
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Location of Vall d'Albaida in the Valencian Community
Coordinates: 38°50′30.64″N0°32′52.59″W / 38.8418444°N 0.5479417°W / 38.8418444; -0.5479417 Coordinates: 38°50′30.64″N0°32′52.59″W / 38.8418444°N 0.5479417°W / 38.8418444; -0.5479417
Country Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
Autonomous community Flag of the Valencian Community (2x3).svg  Valencian Community
Province Valencia
Capital Ontinyent
Municipalities
Area
  Total722.22 km2 (278.85 sq mi)
Population
 (2006)
  Total89,798
  Density120/km2 (320/sq mi)
Demonym(s)  
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Largest municipality Ontinyent

Vall d'Albaida (Valencian pronunciation:  [ˈvaʎ dalˈbajða] , Spanish : Valle de Albaida) is a comarca in the province of Valencia, Valencian Community, Spain.

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Reconquered by the Aragonese king James I of Aragon in the first half of the 13th century it was heavily populated by Muslims until the Expulsion of the Moriscos from the Kingdom of Valencia in 1609. [1]

Etymology

The name of the comarca is derived from the Hispano-Arabic word albáyḍa, which in turn is derived from the classical Arabic البيضاء (al-baīḑà’, "The white one" – reference to the white chalk land of the comarca), from which the yellow flowering plant native to the comarca gets its common name Anthyllis cystoides. [2] [ circular reference ]

Geography

Lying approximately 70 km south of the city of Valencia [ citation needed ] and covering an area of some 722 square kilometers, Vall d'Albaida borders on the north with the comarca of Costera, to the east with Safor, to the south with Comtat and Alcoià, and to the west with Alto Vinalopó, the latter three of which belong to the province of Alicante.

The River Albaida runs through the comarca from south to north.

Climate

The area enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate, characterised by hot summers and relatively cold winters, with an average of two snowfalls per year.

Population

Vall d'Albaida has a population of around 90,000 inhabitants (2008).

Municipalities

Municipalities of Vall d'Albaida. Mapa de la Vall d'Albaida.png
Municipalities of Vall d'Albaida.

The Vall d'Albaida comarca is composed of 34 municipalities.

MunicipalityTown/VillageAreaDensity
Ontinyent 36,395125.43290.00
L'Olleria 8,80032.20251.73
Albaida 6,26935.40177.09
Benigànim 6,70033.40184.13
Aielo de Malferit 4,74327.10167.23
Bocairent 4,44497.0045.81
Llutxent 2,57140.1064.11
La Pobla del Duc 2,56118.90135.50
Quatretonda 2,51343.2058.17
Castelló de Rugat 2,39119.10125.18
Atzeneta d'Albaida 1,36416.20145.92
Montaverner 1,8337.40247.70
Alfarrasí 1,2976.40202.65
Agullent 2,4356.10210.65
Fontanars dels Alforins 1,01474.7013.57
Bèlgida 70117.3040.52
Montitxelvo 6268.2076.34
Benicolet 57711.3051.06
El Palomar 5557.8071.15
Otos 52011.1046.84
Salem 4828.6056.04
Guadasséquies 4303.30130.30
El Ràfol de Salem 4214.3097.90
Bellús 3879.5040.73
Benissoda 3614.0090.00
Terrateig 3436.3054.44
Beniatjar 26011.4022.80
Bufali 2033.2063.43
Benissuera 1991.90104.73
Aielo de Rugat 1977.8025.25
Pinet 19011.9015.96
Rugat 1743.1056.12
Carrícola 944.6020.43
Sempere 383.8010.00

Culture

Route of the Monasteries of Valencia

Door of the basilica of the Monastery of the Corpus Christi in Lluxtent Portada de la basilica del Corpus Christi de Llutxent, Vall d'Albaida.JPG
Door of the basilica of the Monastery of the Corpus Christi in Lluxtent

The Route of the Monasteries of Valencia (GR-236) is a monumental and cultural route that connects five monasteries located in the south of the Province of Valencia.

Of the four different itineraries available, three (by foot, by Mountain bike and on horseback) cross various comarques within Vall d'Albaida, following signposted riding trails, mountain trails, old roads and railroad tracks, and include the Monastery of the Corpus Christi and Xio Castle, both in the municipality of Llutxent.

By foot, the route takes approximately 3–4 days.

The Route was inaugurated in 2008. [3] [4]

See also

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References

  1. Haliczer, Stephen. Inquisition and Society in the Kingdom of Valencia, 1478-1834. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990, 244-272.
  2. Arabic language influence on the Spanish language
  3. Source: El Mundo (Spain). The route of the Monasteries is inaugurated.
  4. Source: Las Provincias. The route of the Monasteries: El Pas del Pobre.