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Quel is a municipality in the autonomous region of La Rioja. It is part of the Lower Rioja district and the sub-district of Arnedo. According to the 2006 census, the population is 1,986. The municipality covers 54.78 km2 and it's population density is 36.25 inhabitants per kilometre. Quel's castle crowns the town and has always done so. Not for nothing does the name Quel come from the Arab word Qalat, meaning 'castle'. With the rugged hill and the castle's remains behind, the town opens out onto the Cidacos plain, which feeds the fertile land.
-Location: It is part of the district of Arnedo. It is on the left bank of the River Cidacos between Arnedo and Autol, sheltered from the crags. The rugged mountains stretch along the river bed.
-Area: 55.9 km2.
-Height: 490 metres.
-Economy: Farming is one of the main activities and the main crops are fruit and vegetables. The canning and shoe industries are also important, as are the distilleries. The tertiary sector is made up of many businesses, banks and cultural services.

Tourism resources:

Parish Church of El Salvador. Home where Bretón de los Herreros was born. Castle on a rock over the small village of Quel. It is unknown if it is Roman or Arab. The castle name comes from the word Quel which derives from the Arab word Kalá, that means castle. The castle is now in ruins. Transfiguración del Señor Chapel, or of “Paniqueso”.


Number of inhabitants: 1996
Local festivals: On 6 August, Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ, with the massively attended tradition of bread and cheese sharing ("Paniqueso"). On this day, the founding (in 1479) of the Brotherhood of the Bread and the Cheese is celebrated.
District: La Rioja Suroriental
Distance to the capital (Km): 50
Distances to other places (Km): Logroño: 50.1, Pamplona: 86.3, Soria: 99.5, Vitoria: 128, Zaragoza: 132
AEMET identifier: 26120

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