Los Barrios

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Los Barrios
Municipality
La Villa de Los Barrios
Flag of Los Barrios
Flag
Coat of arms of Los Barrios
Coat of arms
Location of Los Barrios
Location of Los Barrios
Los Barrios is located in Spain
Los Barrios
Los Barrios
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 36°11′N 5°29′W / 36.183°N 5.483°W / 36.183; -5.483
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Andalusia
Province Cádiz
Comarca Campo de Gibraltar
Judicial district Algeciras
Founded 1704
Government
 • Mayor Ángeles Ariza Núñez (2009) (PSOE)
Area
 • Total 331.33 km2 (127.93 sq mi)
Elevation 23 m (75 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 22,587
 • Density 68/km2 (180/sq mi)
Demonym Barreños, Barriopeños
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 11370, Railway station: 11379
Dialing code (+34) 956
Website Official website

Los Barrios is a small town and municipality in the south of Spain. It is part of the province of Cádiz, which in turn is part of the Andalusia region. It belongs to the Campo de Gibraltar comarca.[1] The town's name means "the districts" in English.

Although the area is known to have been inhabited since prehistoric times, the town is of relatively recent provenance, having been founded in 1704 by refugees from Gibraltar. After abandoning their homes following Gibraltar's capture by Anglo-Dutch forces during the War of the Spanish Succession, some of the inhabitants of Gibraltar took refuge around the existing hermitage of San Isidro at the confluence of the rivers Guadarranque, Guadacorte and Cañas.

The temporary encampment eventually became a permanent settlement. In 1717 the settlers were ordered to concentrate themselves at Los Barrios and the neighbouring communities of Algeciras and San Roque (Cádiz). The three communities had a single administration at San Roque until undergoing a three-way split in 1756.

Los Barrios was principally an agricultural and fishing district until the Francisco Franco era; it is now heavily industrialised. The A381 road starts here and it is known as the Bull Route as it travels past many bull farms.[1] Guadacorte and Los Cortijillos are settlements and districts of Los Barrios.

200 people are employed at the Los Barrios Power Plant

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cadiz Province - The village of Los Barrios". Andalucia.com. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 

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