Esparragalejo

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Esparragalejo
Municipality
Flag of Esparragalejo
Flag
Coat of arms of Esparragalejo
Coat of arms
Esparragalejo is located in Spain
Esparragalejo
Esparragalejo
Location in Spain
Esparragalejo is located in Extremadura
Esparragalejo
Esparragalejo
Location in Extremadura
Coordinates: 38°56′37″N 6°26′12″W / 38.94361°N 6.43667°W / 38.94361; -6.43667
Country  Spain
Autonomous Community  Extremadura
Province Badajoz
Comarca Tierra de Mérida - Vegas Bajas
Government
 • Mayor José Francisco Ramírez Vadillo (PP-EU)
Area
 • Total 17 km2 (7 sq mi)
Elevation(AMSL) 231 m (758 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 1,526
 • Density 90/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (GMT +2) (UTC+2)
Postal code 06860
Area code(s) +34 (Spain) + 924 (Badajoz)
Website www.esparragalejo.es

Esparragalejo is a municipality of Spain in the province of Badajoz, autonomous region of Extremadura.

Located about 8 miles from Mérida, it is known for its unique Roman multiple arch buttress dam, the Esparragalejo Dam, its two natural lagoons, and its religious festivals. During the festivities to honor the town's patron saint, the Virgin of Good Health (Virgen de la Salud), its inhabitants come to the cathedral to witness the one-hour Mass and then occupy the streets completely. The townspeople take to the streets to put on a procession, to play music, and to put on shows for the town's children.

Origin of name[edit]

The name Esparragalejo refers to the communal pastureland known as the Esparragal. A diminutive suffix was added to the town name due to the fact that the town remained small for many centuries.

Coordinates: 38°57′N 6°26′W / 38.950°N 6.433°W / 38.950; -6.433