Guardamar del Segura


Guardamar del Segura (Valencian pronunciation: [ˌɡwaɾðaˈmaɾ ðel seˈɣuɾa]) or briefly Guardamar is a municipality of the province of Alicante located at the mouth of the river Segura in southern Valencia (autonomous community), Spain. It is a Mediterranean resort, with a large pine forest abutting an 11-km-long white sand beach.

Guardamar del Segura
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Guardamar del Segura
Location in Spain
Guardamar del Segura
Guardamar del Segura (Valencian Community)
Guardamar del Segura
Guardamar del Segura (Spain)
Coordinates: 38°5′23″N 0°39′18″W
Country Spain
Autonomous community Valencian Community
ProvinceAlicante
ComarcaEl Baix Segura / La Vega Baja
Judicial districtTorrevieja
Founded10th century
Government
  MayorCarmen Verdú(2011) (PP)
Area
  Total35.58 km2 (13.74 sq mi)
Elevation
25 m (82 ft)
Population
 (2018)[1]
  Total15,058
  Density420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Guardamarenco (m) guardamarenca (f)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
03140 and 03149
Dialing code965 and 966
Official language(s)Spanish and Valencian

Historically an area of fishermen and farmers, Guardamar del Segura is the southernmost point where Valencian is spoken. A Phoenician colony, called Herna by Roman geographer Avienius in his book Ora Maritima was the first settlement near the mouth of Segura river,[2] In Spanish, "guardar" means "safekeeping" and "mar" means "sea", and this is another possible basis for its current name.

Guardamar is the southernmost Catalan-speaking town and in 1991 41.8% of the town's residents could speak it.[3] Guardamar hosts local festivals like Moros i Cristians, L'Encantà, and Fogueres de Sant Joan, which commemorate its history.

Population


The INE (Spanish Census) of 2006 showed that the city had 14,261 residents. By January 2011 this figure had reached 16,863 of which 10,051 were Spanish. The total dropped by 2015 to 15,589. The most prominent nationalities in 2015 were:

Historical population
(1857-2015)[4]
YearPopulationYearPopulation
18572,69619604,586
18872,54919704,715
19002,86219815,708
19102,89819917,513
19203,06720019,944
19304,016200412,215
19404,703200715,132
19504,704201116,683
201515,589
Foreign population
(official data, 2015)
NationalityPercentage
 United Kingdom8,93
 Russia3,49
 Bulgaria2,24
 Germany2,02
 Ukraine1,92
 Morocco1,71
 Romania1,37
 China0,84
 Italy0,76

Government


Guardamar City Hall

Carmen Verdú is the mayor of the city. In the latest municipal elections of May 2011, Carmen Verdú of the People's Party (Partido Popular) won the elections with an absolute majority, larger than the one the former major (María Elena Albentosa) had, while the opposition (Socialist Party) lost some of their popular support. She is the second woman ever to occupy this position.

At the 2015 local elections, the political composition on the local council was:

Party[5] Seats
PP 8
PSOE 7
EUPV-Acord Ciutadà 1
We Want Guardamar del Segura 1

Geography


Climate

Climate data for Guardamar del Segura
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 16
(61)
17
(63)
19
(66)
20
(68)
23
(73)
27
(81)
30
(86)
31
(88)
28
(82)
24
(75)
20
(68)
17
(63)
23
(73)
Average low °C (°F) 6
(43)
7
(45)
8
(46)
10
(50)
13
(55)
16
(61)
19
(66)
20
(68)
18
(64)
14
(57)
10
(50)
7
(45)
12
(54)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 25
(1.0)
29
(1.1)
28
(1.1)
34
(1.3)
29
(1.1)
20
(0.8)
7
(0.3)
13
(0.5)
37
(1.5)
67
(2.6)
46
(1.8)
36
(1.4)
371
(14.5)
Source: holiday-weather.com

Points of interests


References


  1. Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  2. Bierling, Marilyn R. and Gitin, Seymour (2002). The Phoenicians in Spain: an archaeological review of the eighth-sixth centuries B.C.E. : a collection of articles translated from Spanish. Eisenbrauns, p. 124. ISBN 1-57506-056-6
  3. "Fons estadístic documental - Generalitat Valenciana". www.edu.gva.es. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  4. from 1857: national census.
  5. MIR - Guardamar de Segura.