Borriana, Castellón

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Borriana/Burriana
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Borriana/Burriana is located in Spain
Borriana/Burriana
Borriana/Burriana
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 39°53′22″N 0°05′03″E / 39.88944°N 0.08417°E / 39.88944; 0.08417
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Valencian Community
Province Castelló
Comarca Plana Baixa
Judicial district Castelló de la Plana
Government
 • Mayor José Ramón Calpe Saera
Area
 • Total 47.2 km2 (18.2 sq mi)
Elevation 13 m (43 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 34,565
 • Density 730/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Borrianenc/a
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 12530
Official language(s) Valencian and Spanish
Website Official website

Borriana (Valencian: [boriˈana, buriˈana]) or Burriana (Spanish: [buˈrjana]) is a town in eastern Spain, in the province of Castellón, part of the autonomous community of Valencia. Its population exceeds 34,000.

The town is located by the Mediterranean Sea, at the lowest region of the Plana Baixa, surrounded by orange tree fields watered by the Millars River.[1]

It has about 15 km of coastline, including Borriana's principal beach "El Arenal", one of the most attractive spots, especially during the summer. "El Arenal" has about 2 km of seashore, has been awarded the blue flag, which recognizes its magnificent sand and water thanks to the treatments carried out by the city council.

The seaside is 1.5 km from the center of the town. During the summer the seaside population can triple due to vacationers and from locals from the center of the town moving into the seaside. The town is reachable from Castellón de la Plana through the CV-18 or the N-340 routes.

In literature, Burriana is briefly described by James A. Michener in the book, Iberia. As a young man, Michener landed there as a part of a ship crew. The merchant vessel was there to collect oranges for the Scottish marmalade industry. Oranges, after being loaded into metal barrels, were dragged out to sea by bulls.

The town exposes many memorial spots dedicated to James A. Michener, such as a street and a sign that quotes one of his passages, where he expresses his first sight of Borriana as he approached land from the sea.

Villages[edit]

  • Burriana town proper
  • Les Alqueries de Santa Bàrbara
  • El Port de Borriana (Borriana harbor)
  • El Grau de Borriana
  • La Serratella
  • Les Alqueries del Ferrer
  • Poblats marítims
  • Virrangues (uninhabited)

Main sights[edit]

  • Church of El Salvador (13th century), with an apse in early Gothic style, and Romanesque elements as well. The bell tower is from the 15th century.
  • Sea Tower (16th century)
  • Modernist House
  • Underwater Archaeology Center
  • Clot de la Mare de Déu natural park
  • Orange Museum
  • Municipal Archaeology Museum

Notabale people[edit]

  • Enric Monsonís Domingo (June 28, 1931 – October 7, 2011) was a Spanish liberal politician. Monsonís served as the head of the pre-autonomous government of the Consell Pre-autonòmic del País Valencià (Pre-autonomous Council of the Valencian Country) from 1979 to 1982.

Twin towns[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joaquim Aparici Vilar, L'Agricultura al terme de Borriana, Universitat Jaume I, Castelló de la Plana. ISBN 84-8021-030-3

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