Banyeres de Mariola
|Banyeres de Mariola
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|Autonomous community||Valencian Community|
|• Alcalde||Antonio Belda Valero (2007) (PP)|
|• Total||50.28 km2 (19.41 sq mi)|
|Elevation||816 m (2,677 ft)|
|• Density||140/km2 (370/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Banyeres de Mariola (Valencian pronunciation: [baˈɲeɾez ðe maɾiˈɔla], Spanish: Bañeres) is a settlement in the north of the province of Alicante (Spain), 860 metres above sea level, with a population of 7,500. The main employer is the local textile industry. The town has a Moorish castle that dates from 1214, and is surrounded by mountains, almond and olive trees.
From the 22 to the 24 April each year the town celebrates the Moros i Cristians (Moors and Christians) festival, commemorating the 13th century defeat by the Christians of the occupying Moorish rulers. It is a festival of pageantry, costume, and pyrotechnics.
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