Beceite

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Beceite/Beseit
Official seal of Beceite/Beseit
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Beceite is located in Iberia
Beceite
Coordinates: 40°50′N 0°11′E / 40.833°N 0.183°E / 40.833; 0.183Coordinates: 40°50′N 0°11′E / 40.833°N 0.183°E / 40.833; 0.183
Country Spain
Autonomous community Aragon
Province Teruel
Municipality Beceite/Beseit
Area
 • Total 96 km2 (37 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 • Total 603
 • Density 6.3/km2 (16/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
A view of the bridge over the Matarranya River.

Beceite (Spanish: [beˈθeite]) or Beseit (Catalan: [bəˈzɛjt], locally: [beˈzejt]) is a municipality located in the Matarraña/Matarranya comarca, province of Teruel, Aragon, Spain. According to the 2004 census (INE), the municipality has a population of 603 inhabitants. It is part of the Taula del Sénia free association of municipalities.

This town gives its name to the Ports de Beseit massive limestone mountain range rising around it. It belongs to the Catalan-speaking strip in eastern Aragon known as La Franja.

There are many derelict mills in Beseit, reminders of what used to be an industrial town. One of the main products used to be playing cards. The former mills were powered by the water of the Matarranya River and its tributaries. Some of them have been converted into hotels catering for rural tourism.

The rocky Penyagalera mountain rises 4 km east of the town.

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