Alcalà de Xivert

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Alcalà de Xivert
Coat of arms of Alcalà de Xivert
Coat of arms
Alcalà de Xivert is located in Spain
Alcalà de Xivert
Alcalà de Xivert
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 40°18′15″N 0°13′32″E / 40.30417°N 0.22556°E / 40.30417; 0.22556Coordinates: 40°18′15″N 0°13′32″E / 40.30417°N 0.22556°E / 40.30417; 0.22556
Country Spain
Autonomous community Valencian Community
Province Castelló
Comarca Plana Alta
Judicial district Castelló de la Plana
 • Total 167.5 km2 (64.7 sq mi)
Elevation 155 m (509 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 7,926
 • Density 47/km2 (120/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Xivertí, xivertina
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 12570
Official language(s) Valencian
The bell-tower of the main church at Alcalà de Xivert.

Alcalà de Xivert (Spanish: Alcalá de Chivert) is a town and municipality in the Baix Maestrat comarca, province of Castelló, Valencian Community, Spain.

The main town is located inland in a flat valley between the two mountain ranges of Serra d'Irta and Serra de les Talaies. There is no river in the valley; instead the water emerges in natural ponds known as basses.[1]

The landmark of the town is the Esglèsia de Sant Joan Baptista (Church of Saint John the Baptist), built in 1736–1766, with a large dome, a noteworthy Baroque portal, and a 68-metre-high tower, which is visible from many miles away.


Its castle occupied a strong position for the control of the routes along the Mediterranean coast. Here stood a Moorish castle (the name of the town derives from Arabic al-qalat = "the castle") that was captured by James I of Aragon in 1234, who also resettled the place with Christian villagers.

In contemporary times the economy of the town is devoted mainly to tourism, with several beaches and a busy marina at the villages located on the coast, Alcossebre, Capicorb and Les Fonts.



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