La Vall de Gallinera

 

Gallinera (in Valencian, the Gallinera) is a municipality in the Valencian Community, Spain. Located in the northeast of the province of Alicante, in the comarca of Marina Alta. It has 672 inhabitants (INE 2007).

GEOGRAPHY
In this a long valley in the form of running northeast-southwest direction, which has its source and runs Gallinera river, which is surrounded by mountains: the Sierra del Almirante, the Sierra and the Sierra Foradada Albureca.

It is accessed by road from Alicante, through the N-332, taking CV-700.

HISTORY
As in all other inland valleys of the Marina Alta, the Arabs occupied for nearly six centuries these lands. After the expulsion of the Moors (1609), Gallinera was so deserted, that the Duke of Gandia, which included the territory, Mallorca brought 150 families to repopulate the valley. The consequences of this fact, would be counted by the botanist Antonio José de Cavanilles as follows: "Lie to still see the origin of all in the accent and dialect of its inhabitants.'re Very applied to work and live prey all delicious happy in that room. "

HOLIDAYS
Celebrations. Are held in every village during the weekend of August and September.
Benirrama Parties: Last weekend in July.
Benisivá Parties: First weekend of August in honor of San Roque.
Benialí Parties: Second weekend of August in honor of St. Michael and the Virgin of the Helpless.
Alpatró Parties: From 14 to 18 August.
The Carroja Parties: Third weekend of August in honor of San Francisco de Borja.
Benissili Parties: Last weekend of August in honor of San Pascual Baylon.
Moors and Christians. Are held in Benialí, although other people during its festivities also represent.

MONUMENTS
Benirrama Castle. Was very important in the time of James I.
Strong Islamic. The remains of the fort Islamic Benisili are located on the heights overlooking the Valley of Gallinera.
Ruins of the convent. The ruins of the eighteenth century convent located near Benitaia.