Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción.
Location of the Municipality of Torrelavega in Cantabria.
|Comarca||Valle del Besaya|
|Founded||14th century as Torre de la Vega|
|• Alcalde||José Manuel Cruz Viadero (2015) (PSC-PSOE)|
|• Total||35.54 km2 (13.72 sq mi)|
|Elevation||25 m (82 ft)|
|Highest elevation||606 m (1,988 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||12 m (39 ft)|
|• Density||1,500/km2 (3,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
It is situated roughly 8 kilometres from the Cantabrian Coast and 27.5 kilometres from the capital of the Autonomous Community, Santander, half way between the Principality of Asturias and the Basque Country. The rivers Saja and Besaya flow through the city.
It is the capital of the comarca (county, but with no administrative role) of Valle del Besaya which includes also composed of the municipalities of Suances, Polanco, Cartes, Los Corrales de Buelna, Cieza, Arenas de Iguña, Bárcena de Pie de Concha, Molledo, Anievas and San Felices de Buelna.
Its highest point is 606 metres and its lowest point is 12 metres.
Torrelavega is a regional center for industry and transport, and its weekly livestock fair is famous in Spain. Its stadium is known as El Malecon. The Cave of Altamira, famed for the prehistoric paintings found inside, is about 10 kilometers northwest of the city.
Its current name is due to the contraction of the original eponym of "Torre de la Vega". The Castle or Tower of the Vega's was built by Leonor Lasso de la Vega, daughter of Garci Lasso de la Vega II, the younger, and mother of the Íñigo López de Mendoza, marqués de Santillana in order to administer the tax and privilege due in the family's territory.
The name of the comarca, Valle del Besaya is derived from the Astur-Leonese Bisalia, which in turn derives from the Celtic, Bis-salia (the second Salia or Saja) from the two rivers that flow through the city.
Torrelavega was an important agricultural hub in the Kingdom of Castile since medieval times. Continuous population growth and industrial development enabled Torrelavega to attain city status in 1895 from the Queen Regent Maria Christina of Bourbon, Princess of the Two Sicilies.
Neighborhoods within the Metropolitan Area
- La Inmobiliaria
- El Barrio de Sorravides
- El Barrio Covadonga
- La Nueva Ciudad
- El Zapatón
- El Poblado
- North: Santillana del Mar, Suances and Polanco.
- South: Los Corrales de Buelna and San Felices de Buelna.
- East: Piélagos and Puente Viesgo.
- West: Reocín and Cartes.
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- http://www.oviedo.es/index.php/es/la-ciudad/ciudades-hermanadas Oviedo´s sister city is Torrevieja, not Torrelavega.