Jijona/Xixona

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Jijona/Xixona
Jijona/Xixona
Jijona/Xixona
Coat of arms of Jijona/Xixona
Coat of arms
Jijona/Xixona is located in Spain
Jijona/Xixona
Jijona/Xixona
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 38°32′21″N 0°30′29″W / 38.53917°N 0.50806°W / 38.53917; -0.50806Coordinates: 38°32′21″N 0°30′29″W / 38.53917°N 0.50806°W / 38.53917; -0.50806
Country Spain
Autonomous community Valencian Community
ProvinceAlicante
ComarcaAlacantí
Judicial districtSant Vicent del Raspeig
Government
 • AlcaldeFerran Verdú (2007) (PSOE)
Area
 • Total163.76 km2 (63.23 sq mi)
Elevation
453 m (1,486 ft)
Population
(2008)
 • Total7,575
 • Density46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Xixonenc(a) (Valencian)
Jijonenco/a (Spanish)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
03100
Official language(s)Valencian

Jijona (Spanish: [xiˈxona]) or Xixona (Valencian: [ʃiˈʃona]) is a town and municipality in the Valencian Community on the eastern coast of Spain.

Turrón[edit]

The town is famous for a type of soft nougat, known in Spanish as Turrón de Jijona and in Valencian as Torró de Xixona. This is mostly due to the extensive almond farming that has existed since the Moorish farmers originally cultivated the almond trees following the Islamic conquest of the Iberian peninsula. Several factories produce turrón, which is all distributed for sale in December.

Fine and grainy turrón