Banyeres de Mariola

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Banyeres de Mariola
Coat of arms of Banyeres de Mariola
Coat of arms
Banyeres de Mariola is located in Spain
Banyeres de Mariola
Banyeres de Mariola
Location in Spain
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Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Valencian Community
Province Alicante
Comarca Alcoià
Judicial district Alcoi
 • Alcalde Antonio Belda Valero (2007) (PP)
 • Total 50.28 km2 (19.41 sq mi)
Elevation 816 m (2,677 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 7,223
 • Density 140/km2 (370/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Banyerenc, banyerenca
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 03450
Official language(s) Valencian
Website Official website

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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