Valencian Nationalist Bloc
The Valencian Nationalist Bloc is a Valencian nationalist party in the Valencian Country, Spain. It is the largest party in the Coalició Compromís; the Bloc was formed in 1998 as a result of the federation of several parties in a coalition formed for the 1995 regional elections. That group of parties was headed by Unitat del Poble Valencià, the main predecessor of the current Bloc, together with other smaller parties locally based, such as the Valencian Nationalist Party or Alcoi Nationalists; the Bloc has defined itself as a left-wing party. This position shifted to a centrist or center-left position in the late nineties, as part of a strategy to appeal to a broader audience known as tercera via; this strategy proved unsuccessful due to their failure to attract enough of the regionalist vote in the 2003 regional elections. For the 2007 Valencian regional elections to the Corts Valencianes, the Valencian regional parliament, the Bloc returned to a more left wing agenda as it ran in coalition with EUPV, the Valencian branch of Izquierda Unida, a coalition whose main member is the Communist Party.
This coalition operated under the name of Compromís pel País Valencià. Compromís' results did not achieve their goal of growing and forming a front alongside the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party to oust the Partido Popular from the regional government, but allowed Bloc to enter the autonomous Parliament and secured EUPV representation as well. However, a schism occurred soon after within the EUPV between the two more nationalist and social democratic MPs on the one side and the more communist and less nationalist remaining three members on the other; the former MPs were expelled from EUPV and went on to create a new party Iniciativa del Poble Valencià IdPV. In turn, they allied themselves with the Bloc, thus gaining a majority for the nationalists in the coalition, while creating a climate of frigid relations between EUPV and Bloc for the remainder of the term, making the renewal of the pact for future polls unlikely in the short term. For the 2008 General election the Bloc ran in coalition with other left wing and green parties, as Iniciativa del Poble Valencià.
However, despite the fact that the list was headed by a sitting deputy, Isaura Navarro, their vote fell relative to 2004. For the 2011 Valencian Regional elections, they stood in an electoral alliance with Iniciativa del Poble Valencià and other Green parties in a new coalition called Coalició Compromís; this coalition won a record of six seats in the Valencian parliament, won the first seat in history for a Valencian Nationalist force in the Spanish national parliament at the 2011 Spanish General Election. The Bloc only runs elections held in the Valencian Community. Including its Unitat del Poble Valencià former era, until 2011 it had polled at around 4% of the votes in elections for the Valencian regional parliament, with lower figures when running at Spanish general elections in Valencia. Since 2011, it has been represented by Coalició Compromís, became the third political force in the Land of Valencia, with 3 of 6 seats of Coalició Compromís in the Valencian parliament, about 385 seats in municipal councils and one seat in the Spanish parliament.
Bloc has been represented at the Valencian parliament three times, twice by means of a coalition with the Valencian branch of United Left. Their first participation in this coalition was in 1987, under Bloc's "Unitat del Poble Valencià" former name. According to the coalition pact, UPV was allotted two out of the six MPs. Internal tensions within the coalition and within the UPV, led to its disbanding; these events were the start of the process which led to the demise of UPV and its refoundation as BLOC. Still, both parties agreed to repeat their coalition for the 2007 regional elections, in order to secure if only joint representation, something, at stake if they participated by themselves; this renewed coalition, called Compromís pel País Valencià, indeed achieved representation with seven MPs, two of which corresponded to Bloc according to the coalition pact rules. Internal dissent plagued again the coalition, this time predating on its EUPV component, which has split since. In 2011, the BLOC created a coalition Coalició Compromís, running alongside Iniciativa del Poble Valencià and the Green, both partners in the previous coalition.
Coalició Compromís got 6 seats in the Valencian Parlement in the 2011 elections, consolidating itself as the third political force in the Land of Valencia. Support for the Bloc is higher at the local level, with about 20 mayors. Thus, it is the distant third major Valencian political party at the municipal level, far from the major parties, PP and PSPV-PSOE; the party is nearly absent in a number of areas in the Valencian Community while it is a major political agent in others, namely in its historic stronghold at the contiguous area formed by the northernmost part of Alicante province and the southernmost part of Valencia province. For the 1999 European Parliament election the Bloc allied with the Catalonia-based Convergence and Union and the Majorca Socialist Party with Bloc leader Enric Morera fifth on the list; the coalition won two seats, however Morera became a Euro MP in April 2004The Bloc joined the Galeusca coalition in the 2004 European Parliament electio
Daimús is a small municipality in the Safor comarca, in the Valencian Community close to the Mediterranean sea in Spain. It has a population of around 20,000 in summer; the municipality is divided into three parts: el Poble: the most ancient part. It is composed of one-floor houses and a church. Els Pedregals: a group of bungalows near a small church 1 km from the main village. La Platja: a group of buildings only used in summer holidays by tourists from Madrid, it is 1.5 kilometer from the village. Daimús is a small municipality near the town of Gandia, the most important in the area. Daimús was founded in the 13th century, after the Reconquista; the historical importance of Gandia during the Renaissance made the rest of the small towns around it live under its shadow. As a result, Daimús' history is not well known by its inhabitants; the beach was unpopulated until the 1960s, when the many French tourists took advantage of the exchange rate and bought apartments by the sea. Some examples are the La Torre and Costa Blanca apartment buildings.
In the late 1960s, the Spanish economy flourished and many Spaniards could afford a second house for the summer season. Thus, more apartment buildings appeared, such as Semiramis, Costa Blanca II, Finamar I, Finamar II and Pinocho. Once it was called a family beach because it had no hotels, because it was small, it used to have a summer cinema called Terraza Daison. In the 1970s, it had one of the earliest Pacha discothèques, since closed. In the late 1990s, Daimús doubled its size in about 6 years. For many centuries Daimús was a rural area with crops of oranges, it became a tourist area due to its proximity of the sea and the fields became new buildings. Most of the population now work in the nearby cities of Gandia. Webpage - Daimús Página Web de Daimús Daimús Community Manager
Piles is a municipality in the comarca of Safor in the Valencian Community, Spain. One of the watchtowers to defend Valencia against north-African forces was built in Piles 1577
Castellonet de la Conquesta
Castellonet de la Conquesta is a municipality in the comarca of Safor in the Valencian Community, Spain
Province of Valencia
Valencia or València is a province of Spain, in the central part of the Valencian Community. Of the province's 2,547,986 people, one-third live in the capital, the capital of the autonomous community and the 3rd biggest city in Spain, with a metropolitan area of 2,522,383 it's one of the most populated cities of Southern Europe. There are 265 municipalities in the province. Although the Spanish Constitution of 1812 loosely created the province of València, a stable administrative entity does not arise until the territorial division of Spain in 1833, remaining today without major changes; the Provincial Council of Valencia dates from that period. After the Valencian Statute of Autonomy of 1982, the province became part of the Valencian Community. Together with Spanish, Valencian is the co-official language, it is bordered by the provinces of Alicante, Cuenca, Castellón, the Mediterranean Sea. The northwestern side of the province is in the mountainous Sistema Ibérico area. Part of its territory, the Rincón de Ademuz, is an exclave sandwiched between the provinces of Cuenca and Teruel.
The province is subdivided into the comarques of Camp de Túria, Camp de Morvedre, Canal de Navarrés, Hoya de Buñol, Horta de València, Horta Nord, Horta Oest, Horta Sud, Requena-Utiel, Rincón de Ademuz, Ribera Alta, Ribera Baixa, Los Serranos, Vall d'Albaida and Valle de Cofrentes. The province of Valencia, like the rest of the region, is mountainous in the interior in the north and west, with the Sistema Central running from north to south and the foothills of Andalusia from west to east; this mountainous interior features deep and steep valleys formed by the major rivers running through it. The plain of Valencia, is the second largest coastal plain of the country, located in the low region between the Júcar and Turia river valleys, it is twenty wide. In 1843 it was cited as "one of the most fertile and best cultivated spots in Europe"; the other main rivers include the Serpis. The Altiplano de Requena-Utiel range, in the interior of the Valencia region, has an average height of about 750 m.
The principal mountains in the province are Cerro Calderón, Sierra del Caroche, Sierra del Benicadell, Serra Calderona, Sierra Martés, Sierra de Utiel, Sierra de Enguera, the Sierra de Mondúver. The València plains are known for their olive, ilex, algaroba and palm trees, with the appearance of an "immense garden"; such is the fertility of the soil, that two and three crops in the year are obtained, the greater part of the land returns eight per cent. The rice crops are the most valuable, are chiefly produced in the tract, irrigated by the Albufera, a large lake in the neighbourhood of València. Rice being the principal food of the lower classes, the crop is consumed in the province, with the exception of a small quantity which finds its way into Castile and Andalusia; the other chief product is the white mulberry, once the source of great wealth: it was worked in the silk-factories of València. In 1828, the produce of silk from the vega of València amounted to one million of pounds yearly, the greater part of, exported in its raw state, but the produce has increased since, owing to demands from the manufacturers of Lyon and other towns in the south of France.
The province of València is a notable producer of satins, silk ribbons, velvets. The export of fruit from Valencia is considerable of raisins; the raisins are of two kinds, the muscatel, an inferior and smaller raisin, called pasa de legia. The export of figs and wine from the province and ports of València is considerable, with a wine known as Beni Carlo, which as of 1843 was shipped to Cette. Mercury, sulphur, argentiferous lead, coal, etc. are among the mineral products, but they are procured only in small quantities. Today, tourism is a major source of income, with the city of Valencia and the resort towns along the coast being the primary earners during the summer months; this article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, by C. Knight
Barx is a municipality in the comarca of Safor in the Valencian Community, Spain. Tackling the etymology of the place name "Barx" is no simple matter and has caused heated controversy between scholars of Roman and Moorish languages and dialects; the place name occurs in many forms in ancient texts. Moorish scholars contend. Humbler beginnings come out of other associated words and Christian scholars favour Perxe …an old word meaning'cabin' …corrupted into Berxe by Arab pronunciation. Tower or cabin, bordj or berxe, what is important is the fact that the historical existence of the name attests to the presence of a community with an ancestry that dates back to the first millennium; the long history of the village with its geographic isolation has caused two juxtaposed social attitudes to flourish alongside each other …the desire for contact with the outside world and a preference for the safety of isolation from it. Perched at a considerable height with respect to the whole natural district of the Commonwealth of Valldigna, Barx is the sole mountain community and this geographic semi-isolation has fostered a high degree of "cultural independence" and this is the key to understanding the peculiarity of the past and present of the village of Barx.
The Parpalló cave and the one at Malladetes constitute two of the more important sites in the Mediterranean peninsular region. The archaeological materials obtained from the caves attest to the area being occupied uninterrupted between 29,000 years ago and a date just 11,000 years ago; the people developed a hunter-gatherer way of life. The culture can be characterised by the elaborate utensils made from both bone. One of the singular aspects of the Parpalló cave is the rich collection cave paintings and limestone engravings depicting animals and other topics; the existence of these scenes confirms a high artistic and symbolic capacity of the ancient population. Video: Virtual tour of Barx village
La Font d'En Carròs
La Font d'En Carròs is a municipality in the comarca of Safor in the Valencian Community, Spain