Jijona/Xixona

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Jijona/Xixona
Municipality
Jijona/Xixona
Jijona/Xixona
Coat of arms of Jijona/Xixona
Coat of arms
Jijona/Xixona is located in Spain
Jijona/Xixona
Jijona/Xixona
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 38°32′21″N 0°30′29″W / 38.53917°N 0.50806°W / 38.53917; -0.50806Coordinates: 38°32′21″N 0°30′29″W / 38.53917°N 0.50806°W / 38.53917; -0.50806
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Valencian Community
Province Alicante
Comarca Alacantí
Judicial district Sant Vicent del Raspeig
Government
 • Alcalde Ferran Verdú (2007) (PSOE)
Area
 • Total 163.76 km2 (63.23 sq mi)
Elevation 453 m (1,486 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 7,575
 • Density 46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Demonym Xixonenc(a) (Valencian)
Jijonenco/a (Spanish)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 03100
Official language(s) Valencian

Jijona (Spanish: [xiˈxona]) or Xixona (Valencian: [ʃiˈʃona]) is a town and municipality in the Valencian Community on the eastern coast of Spain.

Turrón[edit]

The town is famous for a type of soft nougat, known in Spanish as Turrón de Jijona and in Valencian as Torró de Xixona. This is mostly due to the extensive almond farming that has existed since the Moorish farmers originally cultivated the almond trees following the Islamic conquest of the Iberian peninsula. Several factories produce turrón, which is all distributed for sale in December. Some varieties are very expensive.

Jijona/Xixona Viewed from hills overlooking the town, from the castle ruins
Jijona/Xixona viewed from hills 3 miles (4.8 km) to south, near Barranco

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