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Caudete. Plaza de la Iglesia. Víspera de Reyes 4.JPG
Coat of arms of Caudete
Coat of arms
Caudete is located in Spain
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 38°42′16″N 0°59′17″W / 38.70444°N 0.98806°W / 38.70444; -0.98806
Country  Spain
Autonomous Community  Castile-La Mancha
Province Albacete
Comarca Altiplanicie de Almansa
 • Mayor José Miguel Molla (PP)
 • Total 142 km2 (55 sq mi)
Elevation(AMSL) 557 m (1,827 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 10,551
 • Density 74/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (GMT +2) (UTC+2)
Postal code 02660
Area code(s) +34 (Spain) + 967 (Albacete)

Caudete (Spanish: Caudete) is a municipality in Albacete, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. It has a population of 10.163 (From INE 2015) and is located at 38°42′00″N 000°58′59″W / 38.70000°N 0.98306°W / 38.70000; -0.98306Coordinates: 38°42′00″N 000°58′59″W / 38.70000°N 0.98306°W / 38.70000; -0.98306.

In the later stages of the reconquista, Caudete was at the focus of tensions between Castile and Aragon, since James I of Aragon conquered it from the Moors though it should have been reserved to Castile under the treaties of Tudilén and Cazorla. There were ongoing disputes between Cuadete and nearby Villena over control of the Alhorines Valley, an important wheat-growing area.

Until the 19th century the dominant language in the municipality was Valencian Catalan with some aspects of Aragonese. Since then the region underwent linguistic substitution by Spanish (Castilian) similar to in the Valencian comarca Vega Baja del Segura. Today the principal language is Castilian Spanish with some Valencian words. Caudete is famous for its Moros y Cristianos festival in September.

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