Biar

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Biar
Castle and town of Biar.
Castle and town of Biar.
Coat of arms of Biar
Coat of arms
Biar is located in Spain
Biar
Biar
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 38°37′59″N 0°46′00″W / 38.63306°N 0.76667°W / 38.63306; -0.76667
Country Spain
Autonomous community Valencian Community
ProvinceAlicante
ComarcaAlt Vinalopó
Judicial districtVillena
Government
 • AlcaldeJulio L. Sanjuan Martínez (2015-present) (PSOE)
Area
 • Total98.17 km2 (37.90 sq mi)
Elevation
700 m (2,300 ft)
Population
(2016)
 • Total3,647
 • Density37/km2 (96/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Biarut, biaruda
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
03410
Official language(s)Valencian
WebsiteOfficial website

Biar (Valencian: [biˈaɾ], Spanish: [biˈaɾ]) is a town in the comarca of Alt Vinalopó, province of Alicante, Spain. Biar lies at the foot of the Serra de Mariola and is located 39 km from the city of Alicante.

The economy in Biar is based on manufacture, particularly dolls, and pottery.

On the origin of the name of this town there are two versions, one says that it comes from the Latin word apiarium meaning "place of bees", justifying this giving the importance that Biar had as a producer and exporter of honey [1] , and the other says it is derived from the Arabic word (biʿar) «well» o بِئَار (biʿār) «wells» [2]

Events[edit]

The Moros i Cristians festival of Biar is celebrated each year from May 10 to 13.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Juan Piqueras Haba, ed. (1995). "Biar". Geografia de les comarques valencianes (in Catalan). 6. València: Foro. p. 348.
  2. ^ Asín Palacios, Miguel (1940). Contribución a la toponimia árabe de España. Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. p. 94.

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