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This inland town of the province of Alicante gives name to the region of l’Alcoià.

With more than 60,000 inhabitants, it is an important city, with a splendid past given by textile factories, which still exist today in the city. Also the paper industry and metallurgy have been essential in the development of Alcoy.

In addition, its rugged and mountainous terrain has made it bear the award of being considered as “the city of bridges”.

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Due to its past, and to the contact that the Alcoyan bourgeoisie maintained with the Catalan bourgeoisie, mansions and buildings with architectural forms that were in fashion during century XIX were built. Later, in the early of twentieth century, were redecorated with modernist details. These are: la Casa del Pavo (“The Turkey House”), el Círculo Industrial (“The Industrial Circle”) and the  Palacete Joan Cantó among others.

 

But besides, it has other interesting monuments such as the Llotja de Sant Jordi and its famous bridges: Maria Cristina Bridge, Fernando Reig Bridge, Sant Jordi Bridge, etc.

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If you want nature, Alcoy has a natural site called “la Font Roja” which is placed in the Natural Park of Serra Mariola.

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To talk about Alcoy is to talk about Moors and Christians festivities, because this is the municipality where these festivities are most rooted, when the famous Al-Azraq passed away in Alcoy while carrying out his crusade to the Christian king Jaime I.

The dates of celebration are in April, around the 23rd, St. Jordi day, and are considered of “International Tourist Interest”.

 

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