For the village in Iran, see Biar, Iran.

Castle and town of Biar.

Coat of arms

Location in Spain

Coordinates: 38°37′59″N 0°46′00″W / 38.63306°N 0.76667°W / 38.63306; -0.76667
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Valencian Community
Province Alicante
Comarca Alt Vinalopó
Judicial district Villena
  Mayor Magdalena Martínez (2007) (PP)
  Total 98.17 km2 (37.90 sq mi)
Elevation 700 m (2,300 ft)
Population (2009)
  Total 3,723
  Density 38/km2 (98/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Biarut, biaruda
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 03410
Official language(s) Valencian
Website Official website

Biar (Valencian: [biˈaɾ], Spanish: [biˈar]) is a town in the comarca of Alt Vinalopó, province of Alicante, Spain. Biar lies at the foot of the Serra de Mariola and is located 39 km from the city of Alicante.

The economy in Biar is based on manufacture, particularly dolls, and pottery.

On the origin of the name of this town there are two versions, one says that it comes from the Latin word apiarium meaning "place of bees", justifying this giving the importance that Biar had as a producer and exporter of honey [1] , and the other says it is derived from the Arabic word (biʿar) «well» o بِئَار (biʿār) «wells» [2]


The Moros i Cristians festival of Biar is celebrated each year from May 10 to 13.

See also


  1. Juan Piqueras Haba, ed. (1995). "Biar". Geografia de les comarques valencianes (in Catalan). 6. València: Foro. p. 348.
  2. Asín Palacios, Miguel (1940). Contribución a la toponimia árabe de España. Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. p. 94.

External links

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