Biar

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For the village in Iran, see Biar, Iran.
Biar
Municipality
Castle and town of Biar.
Castle and town of Biar.
Coat of arms of Biar
Coat of arms
Biar is located in Spain
Biar
Biar
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 38°37′59″N 0°46′00″W / 38.63306°N 0.76667°W / 38.63306; -0.76667
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Valencian Community
Province Alicante
Comarca Alt Vinalopó
Judicial district Villena
Government
 • Mayor Magdalena Martínez (2007) (PP)
Area
 • Total 98.17 km2 (37.90 sq mi)
Elevation 700 m (2,300 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 3,723
 • Density 38/km2 (98/sq mi)
Demonym Biarut, biaruda
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 03410
Official language(s) Valencian
Website Official website

Biar (Valencian: [biˈaɾ], Spanish: [biˈar]) is a town in the comarca of Alt Vinalopó, province of Alicante, Spain. Biar lies at the foot of the Serra de Mariola and is located 39 km from the city of Alicante.

The economy in Biar is based on manufacture, particularly dolls, and pottery.

On the origin of the name of this town there are two versions, one says that it comes from the Latin word apiarium meaning "place of bees", justifying this giving the importance that Biar had as a producer and exporter of honey [1] , and the other says it's derived from the Arabic word (biʿar) «well» o بِئَار (biʿār) «wells» [2]

Events[edit]

The Moros i Cristians festival of Biar is celebrated each year from May 10 to 13.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Juan Piqueras Haba, ed. (1995). "Biar". Geografia de les comarques valencianes (in valenciano) 6. València: Foro. p. 348. 
  2. ^ Asín Palacios, Miguel (1940). Contribución a la toponimia árabe de España. Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. p. 94. 

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