Banyeres de Mariola

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Banyeres de Mariola
Bañeres
Municipality
Coat of arms of Banyeres de Mariola
Coat of arms
Banyeres de Mariola is located in Spain
Banyeres de Mariola
Banyeres de Mariola
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 38°42′57″N 0°39′26″W / 38.71583°N 0.65722°W / 38.71583; -0.65722Coordinates: 38°42′57″N 0°39′26″W / 38.71583°N 0.65722°W / 38.71583; -0.65722
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Valencian Community
Province Alicante
Comarca Alcoià
Judicial district Alcoi
Government
 • Alcalde Antonio Belda Valero (2007) (PP)
Area
 • Total 50.28 km2 (19.41 sq mi)
Elevation 816 m (2,677 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 7,223
 • Density 140/km2 (370/sq mi)
Demonym Banyerenc, banyerenca
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 03450
Official language(s) Valencian
Website Official website

Banyeres de Mariola (Valencian pronunciation: [baˈɲeɾez ðe maɾiˈɔla], Spanish: Bañeres) is a settlement in the north of the province of Alicante (Spain), 860 metres above sea level, with a population of 7,500. The main employer is the local textile industry. The town has a Moorish castle that dates from 1214, and is surrounded by mountains, almond and olive trees.

From the 22 to the 24 April each year the town celebrates the Moros i Cristians (Moors and Christians) festival, commemorating the 13th century defeat by the Christians of the occupying Moorish rulers. It is a festival of pageantry, costume, and pyrotechnics.

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