Don Benito

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Don Benito
Municipality
Parish church of San Juan
Parish church of San Juan
Flag of Don Benito
Flag
Coat of arms of Don Benito
Coat of arms
Don Benito is located in Extremadura
Don Benito
Don Benito
Location in Extremadura
Coordinates: 38°57′16.3″N 5°51′42.2″W / 38.954528°N 5.861722°W / 38.954528; -5.861722Coordinates: 38°57′16.3″N 5°51′42.2″W / 38.954528°N 5.861722°W / 38.954528; -5.861722
Country  Spain
Autonomous Community  Extremadura
Province Badajoz
Comarca Las Vegas Altas
Founded 15th century
Government
 • Mayor Jose Luis Quintana Álvarez (PSOE-Extremadura)
Area
 • Total 561,6 km2 (2,168 sq mi)
Elevation 280 m (920 ft)
Population (2014)
 • Total 37,011
 • Density 6.6/km2 (17/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (GMT +2) (UTC+2)
Postal code 06400
Area code(s) +34 (Spain) + 924 (Badajoz)
Website Official website
Ave María Amphitheatre
Las Albercas Park

Don Benito is a Spanish town and municipality in the province of Badajoz, Extremadura, near the left bank of the Guadiana river. According to the 2014 census,[1] the municipality has a population of 37,011 inhabitants.

History[edit]

Don Benito dates from the 15th century, when it was founded by refugees from Don Llorente, who deserted their own town due to the danger of floods from the Guadiana.[2]

Battle of Medellín[edit]

On 28 March 1809, the 9 km separating Don Benito from Medellín was the site of a major French victory against Spanish troops during the Peninsular War.

Geography[edit]

Don Benito has 37,048 inhabitants, and is part of an urban area with Villanueva de la Serena (26,071 inhabitants) 5 km away.

The municipality is composed by the town of Don Benito and seven villages:

Settlement Population (2012)
Don Benito 32,783
Conquista del Guadiana 133
Gargáligas 549
Hernán Cortés 921
Ruecas 718
El Torviscal 549
Valdehornillos 664
Vivares 731

Demographics[edit]

Transport[edit]

The town is served by a railway station on the Ciudad Real-Badajoz railway, part of an international line that links Madrid with Lisbon. It has been interested, along with the nearby Villanueva de la Serena, by a project of a tramway, not yet finalized.[3][4] The town is also the southern terminus of the EXA2 motorway from Miajadas.

Personalities[edit]

Twin towns[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE)
  2. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Don Beníto". Encyclopædia Britannica. 8 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 411. 
  3. ^ (Spanish) "The circular tramway Don Benito-Villanueva in the future". El Periódico Extremadura, 29-9-2007
  4. ^ (Spanish) "The project of the Don Benito-Villanueva tramway will be taken by the regional board". Hoy, 12-2-2008

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