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Aitana (Valencian: [ajˈtana], Spanish: [aiˈtana]) is a mountain massif that is part of Prebaetic System in the eastern end of the Iberian Peninsula. Administratively, the mountainous area is located in the Marina Baixa, Alcoià and Comtat comarcas in the northern part of Alicante province, Valencian Community, Spain. Its peak at 1,558 metres above sea level is the highest point of the province.[1]

Cima de Aitana y Antenas del EVA.jpg
Aitana peak and the antenna of EVA
Highest point
Elevation1,558 m (5,112 ft)
Coordinates38°39′39″N 0°16′29″W / 38.66083°N 0.27472°W / 38.66083; -0.27472Coordinates: 38°39′39″N 0°16′29″W / 38.66083°N 0.27472°W / 38.66083; -0.27472
Length8 km (5.0 mi) E/W
Width3 km (1.9 mi) N/S
Area20 km2 (7.7 sq mi)
Aitana is located in Spain
Location in Spain
LocationMarina Baixa, Alcoià and Comtat, Valencian Community
Parent rangeBaetic System
Type of rockLimestone



Aitana mountain range is spread over an area of 2,000 hectares, about ten miles from the Mediterranean coast. Apart from Aitana, the highest peak that gives the name to the mountain system, other notable peaks are Penya Alta (1,506 m), Penya Catxa (1,467 m), El Mulero (1,308 m) and Alt del Carrascar (1,208 m).

Aitana is also a common girls' name in the areas surrounding the mountain range. The summit has also been a mountain finish in la Vuelta a España a number of times. The Alto de Aitana is a 22.3 kilometer long grinder and has an average gradient of 6% and can also be compared with Mount Ventoux, though Ventoux is steeper. [2]

Appearances in Vuelta a España (since 2001)Edit

Year Stage Start of stage Distance (km) Category Stage winner Leader
2016 20 Benidorm 184 HC   Pierre Latour (FRA)   Nairo Quintana (COL)
2009 8 Alzira 204.7 HC   Damiano Cunego (ITA)   Cadel Evans (AUS)
2004 9 Xàtiva 170 HC   Leonardo Piepoli (ITA)   Floyd Landis (USA)
2001 15 Valencia 207.2 HC   Claus Michael Møller (DEN)   Óscar Sevilla (ESP)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Aitana". Retrieved 2015-02-08.
  2. ^ "Course preview". 6 September 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2017.

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