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Parcent

Parcent is a small Spanish village in the Pop Valley of La Marina Alta in the Alicante Province, which is located in the Valencian region of Spain. Parcent has a population of about 1100 and is about one hour's drive north of the city of Alicante.

It features the small but beautiful Holy Virgin church, and is surrounded by rolling hills and mountains. Writer Gabriel Miró (1879-1930) was a resident of Parcent and called it a "paradise between the mountains".

It is also close to Jalon (written as Xaló in Catalan), which is famous for its excellent wine production and markets. The traditional economy of Parcent relies on almond and orange farming in the surrounding area.

History

The name "Parcent" is of Latin origin. Later, it was a Moorish town until the forces of James I of Aragon conquered it in 1256 CE.

There was a major outbreak of leprosy in Parcent in 1850 and by 1887 20% of the residents of Parcent were afflicted. This apparently motivated the inclusion of passages about the disease in Miró's two so-called "Oleza" novels.

Demographics

The 2006 census revealed that Parcent's population was 1,019 inhabitants. It was also found that about 35.10% of the population of Parcent were not Spanish citizens, but most of these foreigners were from the European Union.

Parcent's population
1857 1887 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1981 1991 2000 2005 2006
Population 1,223 1,415 1,192 978 935 801 889 793 728 678 619 717 857 960 1,019

Controversy

Many Europeans from other areas have built retirement or second homes in Parcent, enjoying the sunshine and proximity to the beaches. However, Parcent and the surrounding valley are suffering growing pains as development quickens.

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