L’Horta is the area that surrounds Valencia City. The area is subdivided as L’Horta North, L´Horta East and L´Horta South. It is bordered in the North by the counties of El Camp de Morvedre, El Camp del and Ribera Baixa. The Mediterranean Sea is its Eastern boundary. It is a large coastal plain that gradually rises from the Mediterranean and stretches from North to South with Valencia City at its center

The County of L´Horta contains one third of the population of Valencia Province. Since the early Islamic era the L´Horta lands were the most densely populated territory. It was the Muslims who created the infrastructure needed to exploit the agricultural wealth of this region, building canals, dams, windmills and took advantage of the water from the Turia.

The farming land is still maintained close to the City and retains the traditional aspects of Valencian life. There are eight major canals: Montcada, Tormos, Mestalla, Rascanya, Quart-Benages-Faitanar, Mislata, Favara and mold. There Are eight major channels: Montcada, Tormos, Mestalla, Rascanya, Quart-Benages-Faitanar, Mislata, Favara governed by the Tribunal de las Aguas de Busot, which meets at the door of the Cathedral of Valencia-

Typically the climate is Mediterranean, having mild winters and very hot summers. Historically the traditional activity of the region has been agriculture, with a predominance of three types of crops: oranges, vegetables and rice. The irrigation system is structured around 13 channels that allow irrigated crops throughout the year. Some municipalities have a specialization in specific crops: groundnuts in Alboraia and Almàssera, tomatoes and peppers for canning in the Puig, Puçol and Tavernes Blanques; Rafelbunyol for strawberries, watermelons and Almàssera Chufa for the production of horchata. Rice growing is diminishing but continues to be cultivate on the edges of the Albufera lagoon

The area is heavily industrialized including textile, ceramic, porcelain, paper and textile factories. The industries are situated in the towns spread across L´Horta. However, Many of the towns are bordered by agricultural land that camouflage the industrial nature of the town

The capital of the region, Valencia with More Than 760.000 Inhabitants, Its port is the second biggest in the Spanish Mediterranean, after Barcelona, although it exceeds Barcelona in the transport of shipping containers

THE PLA DE L'HORTA

According to a Government statement, the paper led by the Ministry of Environment, will help absorb 250,000 tons of C02 per year, provided that agricultural products are consumed in nearby markets.

The Protection Plan aims Huerta huerta protect, preserve its agricultural values, scenic, cultural and heritage, land use order to test both supra and create itineraries and routes landscape, take advantage of the existing agricultural structure in especially using the historic network of roads and irrigation.

It also aims to maintain the landscape garden and rehabilitate the existing architectural heritage, to encourage sustainability criteria in socioeconomic activities, and the approach to urban governance arrangements that involve the protection and maintenance of the garden to the processes of land occupation.

The process of Public Participation Special Protection Plan de la Huerta de Valencia began in June 2008, when it became publicly available document on the website of the Department of Environment, which has received more than 1,300,000 queries. Have also developed outreach workshops, seminars and 11 exhibitions. Read more..

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