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Agost

Agost
Municipality

Coat of arms
Agost
Agost
Location in Spain

Coordinates: 38°26′21″N 0°38′22″W / 38.43917°N 0.63944°W / 38.43917; -0.63944Coordinates: 38°26′21″N 0°38′22″W / 38.43917°N 0.63944°W / 38.43917; -0.63944

Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Valencian Community
Province Alicante
Comarca Campo de Alicante
Judicial district Novelda
Government
 • Alcalde Antonio Pérez González (2007) (PSPV-PSOE)
Area
 • Total 66.64 km2 (25.73 sq mi)
Elevation 376 m (1,234 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 4,813
 • Density 72/km2 (190/sq mi)
Demonym Agoster(a)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Official language(s) Valencian
Website

Agost (Valencian pronunciation: [aˈɣost]) is a Valencian town and municipality located in the province of Alicante, Spain, at a distance of about 18 km from Alicante, the capital of the province. Due to its relative distance from the Mediterranean Sea, Agost was not directly affected by the mass tourism that the towns on the Costa Blanca experienced, and has maintained its local character.

Until the sixties, the economy of Agost was mainly based on pottery and agriculture. Today most of the traditional potteries have closed, or turned into factories producing construction elements. There are still about 11 potteries active in the town; six of them still produce traditional pottery. Agriculture remains a second income source for many families in Agost.

Sights

  • The church (Sant Pere Apòstol)
  • The hermitage (Ermita de les Santes Justa i Rufina) built in 1821
  • The ruins of an old castle (Castell d'Agost and Castell de la Murta)
  • Agost's museum (Museu de Cantereria), pottery museum in a turn-of-the-century pottery complex

Fiestas

  • Santíssima Mare de Déu de la Pau (15 – 24 January)
  • El dia de la Vella (3 weeks after Ash Wednesday)
  • Moros i Cristians, Saint Peter's day (end of June)
  • Les danses del Rei Moro (26th of December)

External links

  • Official website of Agost, Valencian and Spanish
  • Pottery Museum in Agost, Spanish
  • Accommodation in an old pottery complex + workplace for potters/ ceramists, Spanish
  • University of Alicante: Information about the pottery museum in English
  • Private website about Agost, Valencian
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