Zarra, Valencia



Coat of arms

Location in Spain

Coordinates: 39°5′30″N 1°4′36″W / 39.09167°N 1.07667°W / 39.09167; -1.07667Coordinates: 39°5′30″N 1°4′36″W / 39.09167°N 1.07667°W / 39.09167; -1.07667
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Valencian Community
Province Valencia
Comarca Valle de Ayora Cofrentes
Judicial district Requena
  Alcalde Juan José Rubio Navarro (AEZ)
  Total 49.72 km2 (19.20 sq mi)
Elevation 605 m (1,985 ft)
Population (2009)
  Total 551
  Density 11/km2 (29/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Zarrino/a
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 46621
Official language(s) Spanish
Website Official website

Zarra is a municipality in the Valencian Community, Spain,[1] the smallest of the seven villages that make up the comarca of Valle de Cofrentes.

Historical Interest

The name is of Iberian origin and means "the old".

The village contains a church dating back to the 18th century and a free standing clock tower built in 1880. The majority of the houses date back 400 years.

During the Moorish occupation of Spain a castle was built, but no remains exist today and the exact site is somewhat of a mystery. The village was reconquered by the Spanish in 1249 and incorporated into Valencia in 1281. Modern day Zarra dates from around 1600.

Modern Zarra

The village has a population of around 500, recent population increases being mainly due to the British influx into the village and surrounding area.


Zarra boasts three fiestas a year, marking the beginning of the fiestas within the valley. The first being San Anton (January), Santa Ana (July) and the main yearly "bull" fiesta (late July/August).

Local industry

The main industry for the village is agriculture, in particular the growing of cherries and olives.


  1. Ward, Lester Frank (1889). The geographical distribution of fossil plants. Harvard University: Govt. Print. Off. p. 704.
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