Besaya Valley

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Besaya
Comarca

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Country  Spain
Autonomous community Cantabria
Province Cantabria
Capital Torrelavega
Municipalities
Area
 • Total 426.82 km2 (164.80 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 91,837
 • Density 220/km2 (560/sq mi)
Demonym(s) besayense
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

The Besaya valley (Spanish: Valle del Besaya) is both a comarca located in the center of Cantabria, along the course of the Besaya River, and the natural valley of said river. Its capital is Torrelavega.

The Besaya River Basin[edit]

The Besaya River Basin is the largest in the region of Cantabria, covering about 396 square miles (1,030 km2). The region annually receives 0.3 cubic miles (1.3 km3) of precipitation. The Besaya River flows north into the Bay of Biscay. In some stretches of the river, the V-shaped valley and steep slopes lend themselves to dams that generate electricity. The lower sections of the river are prone to flooding.

Coordinates: 43°15′57″N 4°02′50″W / 43.26583°N 4.04722°W / 43.26583; -4.04722