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|• Mayor||Ezequiel Alonso Gaona (PSOE)|
|• Total||236.6 km2 (91.4 sq mi)|
|Elevation||201 m (659 ft)|
|• Density||26.48/km2 (68.6/sq mi)|
|Post code||30640 (Abanilla Town), 30648 (Barinas)|
|Area code(s)||968 and 868|
Abanilla is a Spanish municipality located in the Comarca Oriental (composed by Fortuna and Abanilla) in the Autonomous Community of Murcia. It lies close to the border of the province of Alicante in the Autonomous Community of Valencia.
A karstic paleontological site is located on the southeast slope of the Sierra de Quibas in an abandoned limestone quarry. Researchers have discovered vertebrate and invertebrate fossils at this site. They collected rodent fossils and used dental patterns to identify these to be of the Muroidea subfamily Arvicolinae. Using stratigraphic and sedimentological features in the limestone, the scientists were able to date these fossils to the Early Pleistocene subepoch.
Points of interest
Points of interest in Abanilla include the Old Town (containing the monument to the Corazón de Jesús), the Fuente de Algarrobo (Fountain of the Carob Tree), the Santuario de Mahoya (Sanctuary of Mahoya), and the Iglesia Parroquial de San José (Parochial Church of St. Joseph). Other sights worth visiting include the source of the River Chícamo and the mountains of Abanilla and Quibas.
Buildings of monumental significance in Abanilla include the La Iglesia de San José (the Church of San José) (18th century), El Sagrado Corazón (Sacred Heart) in Abanilla Town and Barinas, La Casa de la Encomienda, La Casa Cabrera, La Casa Pintada, El Monumento a las Fiestas de Moros y Cristianos (the Monument to the Festivals of the Moors and Christians) and La casa del francés (the French's house).
Local communities within the Abanilla municipality include the following.
- Barinas, a rural town located 11 km from Abanilla town, at an elevation of 379 m.
- Macisvenda, located 10 km from Abanilla town, a crossroads of the roads to La Algueña, El Cantón, Hondón de los Frailes and Hondón de las Nieves.
- Other communities include Mahoya, El Cantón, Cañada de la Leña, El Partidor, El Tollé, Los Baños de Fortuna, Casa Cabrera, Casa Pintada, Los Carrillos, La Umbría, Collado de los Gabrieles, Ricabacica, El Algarrobo, Campules, Balonga, Mafraque and El Olivar.
The mayor of Abanilla was Álvaro Gaona (Partido Independiente) from 1979 to 1983, José Luís Cutillas Rivera (Partido Socialista Obrero Español) from 1983 to 1987, Fernando Molina Parra (Partido Popular) from 1987 to 2015 and Ezequiel Alonso Gaona (Partido Socialista Obrero Español) from 2015.
The population of Abanilla is 6,510 as of 2011.
|Demographic evolution in Abanilla 1857-2008|
Typical local dishes include home-made sausages, paella with rabbit and snails, gachasmigas. In particular, desserts include fruit from the fertile orchards, such as the region's renowned Damascus apricots. Traditional confectionery includes doughnuts, sweetbreads, muffins and typical Christmas sweets. All this is enhanced by the high quality oil pressed in local mills in the ancient custom.
The International Folklore Festival is an important event which takes place in the first week of August. Between 23 April and 9 May, the festivals of Santa Cruz take place, featuring parades of Moors and Christians. In addition, from June through to the middle of September, the various communities celebrate their own individual festivals.
- Piñero P; Agusti J; Blain H; et al. (2015). "Biochronological data for the Early Pleistocene site of Quibas (SE Spain) inferred from rodent assemblage". Geologica Acta. 13 (3). doi:10.1344/GeologicaActa2015.13.3.5.
- "Censos de Población y Viviendas 2011. Resultados Municipales. Población por municipios, sexo y edad". Instituto Nacional de Estadistica. Sistema estadístico europeo.
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- Knights and Damsels of Calatrava
- Association of the Knights and Damels of Cid in the Town of Abanilla[permanent dead link]
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- Viva Murcia Photos & Information for the Murcia Province
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