L'Alfàs del Pi

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L'Alfàs del Pi
Municipality
Racó de l'Albir beach in L'Alfàs del Pi
Racó de l'Albir beach in L'Alfàs del Pi
Coat of arms of L'Alfàs del Pi
Coat of arms
L'Alfàs del Pi is located in Spain
L'Alfàs del Pi
L'Alfàs del Pi
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 38°34′48″N 0°6′11″W / 38.58000°N 0.10306°W / 38.58000; -0.10306Coordinates: 38°34′48″N 0°6′11″W / 38.58000°N 0.10306°W / 38.58000; -0.10306
Country Spain
Autonomous community Valencian Community
Province Alicante
Comarca Marina Baixa
Judicial district Benidorm
Government
 • Alcalde Vicente Arques (2007) (PSOE)
Area
 • Total 19.26 km2 (7.44 sq mi)
Elevation 88 m (289 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 20,939
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
Demonym Alfassí, Alfassina
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 03580,03581
Official language(s) Valencian
Website Official website

L'Alfàs del Pi (Valencian pronunciation: [laɫˈfaz ðeɫ ˈpi], Spanish: Alfaz del Pi) is a Valencian town and municipality located in the comarca of Marina Baixa, in the province of Alicante, Spain, lying at the foot of Serra Gelada.

L'Alfàs del Pi has an area of 19.3 km² and, according to the 2013 census, a total population of 21,969 inhabitants. The town has the second largest concentration of Norwegian residents abroad, along with sizable Dutch and English communities.[1] The economy of L'Alfàs del Pi is mainly based on tourism. The most important monument in the city is the Catholic church of Crist del Bon Encert, built in 1784. The town's symbol is a pine tree, which can be found in the church square. It is home to a nationally renowned film festival which runs each year.

L'Alfàs del Pi has created a planned sea-side community - Platja de l'Albir - situated between Benidorm to the south and Altea to the north in fields earlier dominated by citrus and almond groves. Since 1995, Albir has grown into a village of about 5,000 inhabitants; the majority of which are originally from Northern Europe.

L'Alfàs del Pi has the highest proportion of Norwegian speakers of any settlement anywhere in the world outside of Norway.[citation needed]

In 2013, the sculpture Paraboloide by Agustín Ibarrola that symbolizes peace and was made in honor of the 2011 Norway Attacks victims was revealed.[2] The sculpture is placed in a park that will be named after Johan Galtung.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ - El País.com - L'Alfàs del Pi, embajada noruega (in Spanish)
  2. ^ La escultura Paraboloide de Agustín Ibarrola en l’Alfàs símbolo de convivencia en paz (Spanish) Radio Sirena (17 June, 2013), retrieved 21 June, 2013
  3. ^ Leif Kverneland (15 June, 2013): ”Parque de Johan Galtung” er åpnet i Alfaz del Pi (Norwegian) Spaniaavisen, retrieved 21 June, 2013