Beniaján

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Beniaján
Skyline of Beniaján
Official seal of Beniaján
Seal
Beniaján is located in Spain
Beniaján
Beniaján
Location in Spain.
Coordinates: 37°59′N 1°04′W / 37.983°N 1.067°W / 37.983; -1.067
Autonomous community Region of Murcia
Province Murcia
Comarca Huerta de Murcia
Government
 • Mayor Francisco Hernández Quereda
Area
 • Total 13.924 km2 (5.376 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 11,233
 • Density 810/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Beniajanenses
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website Official website

Beniaján is a village located in the Region of Murcia (Spain), beside the mountains that close the Valley of Segura. It has a population of around 11,000 inhabitants, and is not far from the region's capital, Murcia.

Beniaján is known for the abundant production of citrus fruits that its factories export around the world; this is the most important economic activity in this city.

The town was founded during Roman times. Since before the 18th century, the Virgen del Carmen has been the Patrona (patron saint) of Beniaján. A statue is carried in procession annually in celebration of her feast day.

Main sights[edit]

  • San Juan Bautista's church and Patrona's Chapel (17th-20th centuries)
  • Villanueva's church, Virgin of Azahar
  • Mirador de San Antón (viewing point)
  • Puntarrón Chico, a rocky spur commanding the city, home to an Argaric archaeological site
  • Parque Regional de El Valle y Carrascoy (mountains and natural spaces with special protection)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 18th-century statue

Festivals[edit]

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