Albatera (Alicante)

In the thirteenth century, Albatera was included in the Crown of Castile, and under the jurisdiction of Orihuela by privilege of Alfonso X the Wise. After the occupying by Jaime II, king of Aragon, ub 1266, Albatera was annexed to the Kingdom of Aragon, integrating along with Cox and Crevillente the lordship of Arráez de Crevillente. In that year, the king granted safe conduct to the Moors of Albatera, Cox and Crevillente, so that they could return to their places of residence and dedicate themselves to their agricultural tasks. By the arbitral sentence of Torrellas of 1304 the limits between Castile and Aragon were fixed, by the line of the Segura river, whose southern part is annexed to the Kingdom of Aragon and, therefore, Albatera.

What to see and do

Albatera is located in an extensive cultivated plain within the Vega del Segura that is only interrupted by the Sierra (mountain range) de Callosa and the Sierra de Crevillent. The dry climate with low rainfall is compensated by a dense network of ditches and canals that efficiently use the waters of the Segura River to highlight its extensive irrigated crops, dominated by such unique vegetables and fruits as pomegranate, fig, lemon and persimmon.

The name of the population comes from the Arab (Albatera means "way"), and probably makes reference to the old Roman road (Vía Augusta) that would run next. With the Christian conquest, it was part of the kingdom of Castile, but in 1296 it would definitely become part of the kingdom of Aragon. Albatera will become to be dominated by the Rocafull family, who will build a Renaissance palace in the town that unfortunately has not survived to this day, except for the entrance doorway. The visitor of the Camino del Cid will discover walking through its streets the park of la Huerta (Orchard), a unique green space where you can take a break and enjoy its gardens and fountains. Very close to this, next to the Town Hall is the church of Santiago Apóstol, a large Baroque building built in the 18th century.

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