|The Valencian Community
is an Autonomous Community located in central and south-eastern Spain.
It is divided into three provinces, from south to north: Alicante, Valencia
The community has 518 km
of Mediterranean coastline and covers 23,259 km² of land with 5.02
million inhabitants (2008). Its borders largely reflect those of the historic
Kingdom of Valencia. The region's capital is the city of Valencia.
The Valencian gastronomy
is of great variety, although their more international dishes are rice
based, like the worldwide known Valencian paella. The rice is a basic ingredient
in many of the typical dishes, like the "arròs (rice) a banda",
the "arròs a la pedra", "arròs negre", "arròs amb
costra", "arròs caldós", among many.
The Valencian Mediterranean
climate favors the cultivation of citrus fruits and vegetables, with the
cultivation of the orange being perhaps of highest importance as one of
the typical fruits of Valencian agriculture.
Blanca (English: White Coast) refers to the over 200 kilometres of
coastline belonging to the Province of Alicante. The name "Costa Blanca"
was devised as a promotional name used by BEA when they launched their
air service (for £38.16s.-) between London and Valencia in 1957.
It has a well developed tourism industry and is a popular destination for
British and German tourists. It extends from the towns of Denia in the
north, beyond which lies the Costa dels Tarongers, to Torrevieja in the
south, beyond which lies the Costa Calida. It includes the major tourist
destinations of Benidorm and Alicante.
Costa del Azahar (Spanish
for Orange Blossom Coast) is the name for the coast of the provinces Castellón
and Valencia in Spain, from Alcanar to El Verger, Denia. Well known
towns on the Costa del Azahar include Peñíscola, Benicàssim,
Castellón de la Plana, Sagunt, Valencia, Cullera, Gandia, Denia,
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