L'Alfàs del Pi

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L'Alfàs del Pi
Racó de l'Albir beach in L'Alfàs del Pi
Racó de l'Albir beach in L'Alfàs del Pi
Coat of arms of L'Alfàs del Pi
Coat of arms
L'Alfàs del Pi is located in Spain
L'Alfàs del Pi
L'Alfàs del Pi
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 38°34′48″N 0°6′11″W / 38.58000°N 0.10306°W / 38.58000; -0.10306Coordinates: 38°34′48″N 0°6′11″W / 38.58000°N 0.10306°W / 38.58000; -0.10306
CountrySpain
Autonomous communityValencian Community
ProvinceAlicante
ComarcaMarina Baixa
Judicial districtBenidorm
Government
 • AlcaldeVicente Arques (2007) (PSOE)
Area
 • Total19.26 km2 (7.44 sq mi)
Elevation
88 m (289 ft)
Population
(2015)
 • Total21,700
 • Density1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Alfassí, Alfassina
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
03580,03581
Official language(s)Spanish Valencian
WebsiteOfficial website

L'Alfàs del Pi (Valencian pronunciation: [lalˈfaz ðel ˈpi]; Spanish: Alfaz del Pi) is a Valencian town and municipality located in the comarca of Marina Baixa, in the province of Alicante, Spain, lying at the foot of Serra Gelada.

L'Alfàs del Pi has an area of 19.3 km² and, according to the 2013 census, a total population of 21,969 inhabitants. The town has the second largest concentration of Norwegian residents abroad, along with sizable Dutch and English communities.[1] The economy of L'Alfàs del Pi is mainly based on tourism. The most important monument in the city is the Catholic church of Crist del Bon Encert, built in 1784. The town's symbol is a pine tree, which can be found in the church square. It is home to a nationally renowned film festival which runs each year.

L'Alfàs del Pi has created a planned sea-side community - Platja de l'Albir - situated between Benidorm to the south and Altea to the north in fields earlier dominated by citrus and almond groves. Since 1995, Albir has grown into a village of about 5,000 inhabitants; the majority of whom are originally from Northern Europe.

L'Alfàs del Pi has the highest proportion of Norwegian speakers of any settlement anywhere in the world outside Norway.[citation needed]

In 2013, the sculpture Paraboloide by Agustín Ibarrola that symbolizes peace and was made in honor of the 2011 Norway Attacks victims was revealed.[2] The sculpture is placed in a park that will be named after Johan Galtung.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ - El País.com - L'Alfàs del Pi, embajada noruega (in Spanish)
  2. ^ La escultura Paraboloide de Agustín Ibarrola en l’Alfàs símbolo de convivencia en paz (in Spanish) Radio Sirena (17 June 2013), retrieved 21 June 2013
  3. ^ Leif Kverneland (15 June 2013): ”Parque de Johan Galtung” er åpnet i Alfaz del Pi (in Norwegian) Spaniaavisen, retrieved 21 June 2013