Burriana, Castellón

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Burriana (Spanish: [buˈrjana]) or Borriana (Valencian: [boriˈana]) is a municipality in eastern Spain, in the province of Castellón, part of the Valencian Community. Its population exceeds 34,000.

Burriana/Borriana
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Coat of arms of Burriana/Borriana
Burriana/Borriana is located in Province of Castellón
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Burriana/Borriana
Location in Spain
Burriana/Borriana is located in Valencian Community
Burriana/Borriana
Burriana/Borriana
Burriana/Borriana (Valencian Community)
Burriana/Borriana is located in Spain
Burriana/Borriana
Burriana/Borriana
Burriana/Borriana (Spain)
Coordinates: 39°53′22″N 0°05′33″W / 39.88944°N 0.09250°W / 39.88944; -0.09250Coordinates: 39°53′22″N 0°05′33″W / 39.88944°N 0.09250°W / 39.88944; -0.09250
Country Spain
Autonomous community Valencian Community
ProvinceCastellón
ComarcaPlana Baixa
Judicial districtCastelló de la Plana
Government
 • MayorMaria Josep Safont Melchor [1] (PSPV-PSOE)
Area
 • Total47.2 km2 (18.2 sq mi)
Elevation
13 m (43 ft)
Population
 (2018)[2]
 • Total34,544
 • Density730/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Borrianenc/a
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
12530
Official language(s)Valencian and Spanish
Websitewww.burriana.es

The town is located by the Mediterranean Sea, at the lowest region of the Plana Baixa, surrounded by orange tree fields watered by the Millars River.[3]

It has about 15 km of coastline, including Borriana's principal beach "El Arenal", one of the most attractive spots, especially during the summer. "El Arenal" has about 2 km of seashore, has been awarded the blue flag, which recognizes its magnificent sand and water thanks to the treatments carried out by the city council.

The seaside is 1.5 km from the center of the town. During the summer the seaside population can triple due to vacationers and from locals from the center of the town moving into the seaside. The town is reachable from Castelló de la Plana through the CV-18 or the N-340 routes.

In literature, Burriana is briefly described by James A. Michener in the book, Iberia. As a young man, Michener landed there as a part of a ship crew. The merchant vessel was there to collect oranges for the Scottish marmalade industry. Oranges, after being loaded into metal barrels, were dragged out to sea by bulls.

The town displays many memorial spots dedicated to James A. Michener, such as a street and a sign that quotes one of his passages, where he expresses his first sight of Borriana as he approached land from the sea.

VillagesEdit

  • Burriana town proper
  • Les Alqueries de Santa Bàrbara
  • El Port de Borriana (Borriana harbor)
  • El Grau de Borriana
  • La Serratella
  • Les Alqueries del Ferrer
  • Poblats marítims
  • Virrangues (uninhabited)

Main sightsEdit

 
Campanar de Burriana
  • Church of El Salvador (13th century), with an apse in early Gothic style, and Romanesque elements as well. The bell tower is from the 15th century.
  • Sea Tower (16th century)
  • Modernist House
  • Underwater Archaeology Center
  • Clot de la Mare de Déu natural park
  • Orange Museum
  • Municipal Archaeology Museum

Notable peopleEdit

  • Juan Bautista Soler Martí (1879-1936); businessman, alcalde of Burriana (1930-1931), co-responsible for rapid upgrade of the port infrastructure
  • Jaime Chicharro Sánchez-Guió (1889-1934); politician and entrepreneur, heavily contributed to development of the Burriana harbor
  • Juan Granell Pascual (1902-1962); politician and official, during early Francoism promoted and secured new investments in railways, roads, streets, port, education, sewage and other municipal infrastructure
  • Enric Monsonís Domingo (1931-2011); liberal politician, served as the head of the pre-autonomous government of the Consell Pre-autonòmic del País Valencià (Pre-autonomous Council of the Valencian Country) from 1979 to 1982.
  • Vicente Enrique y Tarancón (1907-1994); Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, served as Archbishop of Madrid from 1971 to 1983.

Twin townsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.burriana.es/index.php/es/ayuntamiento/gobierno/gobierno-municipal/altocargo/maria-jose-safont-melchor
  2. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  3. ^ Joaquim Aparici Vilar, L'Agricultura al terme de Borriana, Universitat Jaume I, Castelló de la Plana. ISBN 84-8021-030-3

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