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San Miguel de Salinas
—  Municipality  —

Coat of arms
Location of Pilar de la Foradada in Comunidad Valenciana
San Miguel de Salinas is located in Spain
San Miguel de Salinas
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 37°58′50″N 0°47′23″W / 37.98056°N 0.78972°W / 37.98056; -0.78972Coordinates: 37°58′50″N 0°47′23″W / 37.98056°N 0.78972°W / 37.98056; -0.78972
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Valencian Community
Province Alicante
Comarca Vega Baja del Segura
Judicial district Torrevieja
Government
 - Alcalde Ángel Sáez Huertas (2007) (PP)
Area
 - Total 54.90 km2 (21.2 sq mi)
Elevation 75 m (246 ft)
Population (2009)
 - Total 8,135
 - Density 148.2/km2 (383.8/sq mi)
 - Demonym Sanmiguelero -a
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 03193
Official language(s) Spanish

San Miguel de Salinas (Sant Miquel de les Salines in Valencian) is a town and municipality in the Valencian Community (Spain), situated in the south of the province of Alicante; in the comarca of Vega Baja del Segura. In the 2006 census, the population was 7,104.

Location and Geography

Located between Torrevieja and Pilar de la Horadada, San Miguel de Salinas is the highest town in the comarca. Its area (54 km²) descends from the mountain with many streams and gullies leading to the plain, known as El Llano, where the salt lakes are found. Local roads connect the town with Orihuela, Bigastro, Torrevieja and other towns in the area. From Alicante and Cartagena, the town can be accessed via the A-7 (E15) and AP-7 then the CV-940 and CV-941.

History

It is thought that settlement began in the area during Roman times, at a place known as Nisdomia. The area has always been connected to the Orihuela district but in 1836 the town's urban area was separated from it and in 1955 the municipal boundary was extended into the country to form an imaginary triangle between the Pedrera Reservoir, the Torrevieja lagoon and La Peña del Águila.

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