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Cervera del Río Alhama

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Cervera del Río Alhama is a municipality in the province of La Rioja, Spain. The town is in the southeast of the region at the foot of the Alcarama Mountains, covering 152.6 km². Other towns such as Cabretón, Aguilar, Valverde, Fitero and Cintruénigo are close to Cervera del Río and the town itself is around 30 km from Tudela and 87 km from Logroño, via Arnedo and Grávalos (100 km if you go via Calahorra). The town is on the banks of the River Alhama at around 550 metres altitude. It has two neighbourhoods (Santa Ana and San Gil), which are separated by the «La Peña» Mountain, upon which stand the ruins of the castle.
-Location: It is part of the district of Cervera del Río Alhama. The municipal area is in the southeast of La Rioja and is spread out over the Fío, Anacueza, Alhama and Canejada Valleys.
-Area: 152 km2.
-Height: 543 metres.
-Populated areas, neighbourhoods or villages: The neighbourhoods of Rincón de Olivedo, Valverde, Valdegutur, Las Ventas de Cervera and Cabretón are nearby.
-Economy: Traditionally, Cervera's economy was based on the textile and shoe (espadrilles) industry, but from 1950 onwards an industrial crisis caused population numbers to drop. Furthermore, tax benefits offered in Navarre to set up industries meant that many people left Cervera to go to Navarre. Farming is currently the main activity: the main crops are wheat, grapes, barley, fruit and vegetables.

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Disorganised urban ensemble with Arabic influences. The San Gil Church was built in dressed stone and rough ashlar in the 12th century, and homes a painting of the tears of San Pedro, which belongs to the 17th century Italian school. The Santa Ana Church, dated 16th century, has a single nave with chapels between the buttresses, and two portals. Chapels in the districts.


Number of inhabitants: 2998
Local festivals: Santa Ana, on 26 July. San Gil, on 1 September.
District: La Rioja Suroriental
Distance to the capital (Km): 296 km
Distances to other places (Km): Logroño: 63.9, Pamplona: 86.3, Soria: 117, Vitoria: 122, Zaragoza: 148
AEMET identifier: 26047

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