Bétera

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Bétera
Municipality
Flag of Bétera
Flag
Coat of arms of Bétera
Coat of arms
Bétera is located in Spain
Bétera
Bétera
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 39°35′36″N 0°27′46″W / 39.59333°N 0.46278°W / 39.59333; -0.46278Coordinates: 39°35′36″N 0°27′46″W / 39.59333°N 0.46278°W / 39.59333; -0.46278
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Valencian Community
Province Valencia
Comarca Camp de Túria
Judicial district Llíria
Government
 • Alcalde José Manuel Martínez Aloy
Area
 • Total 75.70 km2 (29.23 sq mi)
Elevation 125 m (410 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 20,292
 • Density 270/km2 (690/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Beterà, beterana
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 46117
Official language(s) Valencian
Website Official website

Bétera (Valencian pronunciation: [ˈbeteɾa]) is a municipality in the comarca of Camp de Túria in the Valencian Community, Spain. With 19,491 inhabitants, it is the second most populous town in the Camp de Túria shire (INE 2007), in the second zone of the Valencia metropolitan area.

Geography[edit]

Bétera is situated on the southern slopes of the Serra Calderona, 15 km from Valencia and 23 km from the Mediterranean Sea on the border with the Valencian "market garden", L'Horta. It has a slightly undulating surface, reaching the 156 meters at its highest point.

Its geographical location between the sea and mountains provides a microclimate, which is the mildest of the region, where the prevailing winds are Levant and Ponente. The rains occur mainly in autumn and spring.

As it is in the metropolitan area of Valencia, there are several road links, such as the Burjasot-Torres Torres road, the Bétera-Olocau road, the San Antonio de Benagéber road which links to the motorway Valencia Turia-Ademuz (CV-35) and the Mediterranean motorway (A-7), as well as others leading to the parishes and neighbourhoods of the city and surrounding towns.

Public transport is accessible via one of the northern terminal stations of Metro Line 1 of Valencia. This railway line (which, though given the title "Metro", is more a commuter rail) is heir to the former Valencia Trenet, ranging from Bétera to the Pont de Fusta station in Valencia. The Sanatori Psiquiàtric stop also serves the town.

Districts and Parishes[edit]

Surrounding Bétera are also the following districts:

  • El Baró:. Urbanisation Vall de Flors.
  • La Malla:. Urbanisation La Masia and the military base "Jaime I", under NATO high command.
  • Mallaetes:. La Cornada and Montesano.
  • Masia Arnal:. Les Almudes.
  • Mas Camarena:. La Esmeralda, Las Fuentes, Oasis, Sector A, Soto de Camarena and Jardines de Camarena.
  • Providencia:. Camí de Paterna, Urbanisations Cumbre de San Antonio, Torre En Conill and la Virgen de la Estrella.

The southern part of town has grown rapidly in recent years, and there are several developments planned and under construction, contiguous to the urban area.

Bordering towns[edit]

History[edit]

Facade of Bétera Castle in 2008.

Twinning[edit]

Bétera is twinned with: