Algirós

Algirós is a district of Valencia that comes from the Arabic name Al-Zurûb (the channel), in allusion to the result of the ditch of Mestalla that from current day Jardines del Real reaches the town of Cabanyal in an irregular direction. It is also known by Camí del Cabanyal. Algirós is one of the few important ditches that are named in the Llibre de Repartiment, a record book that specifies the donations of land from the kingdom of Valencia after its conquest by Jaime I.

It can be said that Algirós did not arise from an old populated center like other neighborhoods in Valencia. It was the expansion of the city eastwards, towards the orchards. There was also a path close to the ditch of Algirós, a path of medieval origin that adopted the same name (Camino de Algirós). This old route started from the riverbed of the Turia River, the height of the current Puente de la Exposición, and it traveled to the orchard with numerous bends that ended up at Cabanyal, in a point close to the old train station of this district.

In the 18th Century, a priest by the name of Father Tosca made reference to the road to Algirós with the name of “camino Nuevo” (New Road). He wrote that it was more modern than either Camino Viejo del Grao (camí Vell del Grau) and el Camino Hondo del Grao (camí Fondo del Grau). Paradoxically, it was also called “camino Viejo del Cabanyal” (Old Road of Cabanyal), since the road to Cabanyal which is located more to the north, arose later.

Algirós is currently bordered on the north by the municipality of Alboraya, to the east by Poblados Marítimos, to the south by Camins al Grau, to the east by Benimaclet and El Pla del Real. It is made up of 5 neighborhoods: L´’illa Perduda, Ciutat Jardí, Amistat, La Vega Baixa and La Carrasca.

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