Zarra, Valencia

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Zarra
Municipality
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Flag of Zarra
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Coat of arms of Zarra
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Zarra is located in Spain
Zarra
Zarra
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 39°5′30″N 1°4′36″W / 39.09167°N 1.07667°W / 39.09167; -1.07667Coordinates: 39°5′30″N 1°4′36″W / 39.09167°N 1.07667°W / 39.09167; -1.07667
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Valencian Community
Province Valencia
Comarca Valle de Ayora Cofrentes
Judicial district Requena
Government
 • Alcalde Juan José Rubio Navarro (AEZ)
Area
 • Total 49.7 km2 (19.2 sq mi)
Elevation 605 m (1,985 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 551
 • Density 11/km2 (29/sq mi)
Demonym Zarrino/a
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 46621
Official language(s) Spanish
Website Official website

Zarra is a municipality in the Valencian Community, Spain,[1] the smallest of the seven villages that make up the comarca of Valle de Cofrentes.[citation needed]

Historical Interest[edit]

The name is of Iberian origin and means "the old".

The village contains a church dating back to the 18th century and a free standing clock tower built in 1880. The majority of the houses date back 400 years.

During the Moorish occupation of Spain a castle was built, but no remains exist today and the exact site is somewhat of a mystery. The village was reconquered by the Spanish in 1249 and incorporated into Valencia in 1281. Modern day Zarra dates from around 1600.

Modern Zarra[edit]

The village has a population of around 500, recent population increases being mainly due to the British influx into the village and surrounding area.

Fiestas[edit]

Zarra boasts three fiestas a year, marking the beginning of the fiestas within the valley. The first being San Anton (January), Santa Ana (July) and the main yearly "bull" fiesta (late July/August).

Local industry[edit]

The main industry for the village is agriculture, in particular the growing of cherries and olives.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ward, Lester Frank (1889). The geographical distribution of fossil plants. Harvard University: Govt. Print. Off. p. 704.