The origins and brief histories of Valencia districts

Districts of Valencia

Origins and Brief Histories
Article originally printed in Spanish. Reprinted and translated with permission from

Ciutat Vella, Eixample, Extramurs, Campanar, La Saïdia, El Pla del Real, L'Olivereta, Patraix, Jesús, Quatre Carreres, Poblats Marítims, Camins al Grau, Algirós, Benimaclet, Rascanya, Benicalap, Pobles del Nord, Pobles de l´Oest, Pobles del Sud

History: 138 BC (over 2100 years ago)
Origins: Roman Colony “Valentia Edetanorum”
Kingdoms: Visigoths, Muslims, Christians
Area: 134.6 km²
Population: 790,201 (2016)

The origins and brief histories of Valencia districts Valencia is a city full of legends, many of which are unknown to those who live there. The same with the origin of its streets, districts or neighborhoods. Not knowing often leads to confusion so in order to meetup with friends, one talks about a place or location on a photo.

Although not always this way, the City of Valencia is currently divided into 19 districts, which are comprised of a total of 87 neighborhoods and districts. The history of each of these districts has been shaped over time and provides the current breakdown. Many of our followers have asked about the origin of the different districts of Cap I Casal so today, we will try to provide the information so that at all times, you will know about each district. (Click on the name of each neighborhood and you will see a tab to the city.)

Here are the 19 districts of Valencia.

Ciutat Vella

Ciutat Vella owes its name to the district that revolves around the birth of the city of Valencia, as well as the


Towards the end of the 19th Century, the “new” area spread towards the south of the city, widening it. In the


Extramurs was recognized as the whole area that was outside the ancient walls of Valencia and was therefore


This town has always been known as Campanar. It is a well-preserved town filled with nostalgia. There are many theories about how it got its name. One of them is about the name, Bellor. This name probably comes from the word “camp” (“field” in

La Saïdia

La Zaidía (officially La Saïdia) owes its name to the former convent, Zaidía (also sometimes called the Real Monasterio Cisterciense, or Santa María de Gratia Dei). This Convent was built on the grounds where the

El Pla del Real

El Pla del Real (El Llano del Real in Castilian ) owes its name to the former Palacio 


No one knows for sure how L´Olivereta got its name. One possibility is that at one time, there was an old farmhouse with an olive grove in the area that is now the current district. Campanar and municipality of Mislata


The municipal district of Patraix owes its name to the neighborhood of Patraix which dates back to Roman times. Proof of this can be found on tombstones with inscriptions from that period. According to the 


The current district of Jesus owes its name to the former convent and Franciscan monastery of Jesús. It’s patron saint was Santa Maria 

Quatre Carreres

The district of Quatre Carreres owes its name to the divisions and roads that entered on the side of Cap i Casal. Specifically referring to the four main roads (streets) that were going from Ruzafa, to the different parts where they end (east and south).

This section was annexed to

Poblats Marítims

Poblados Marítimos (officially known as Poblats Marítims in Valencian) is named after the independent communities located by the sea until the

Camins al Grau

Camins al Grau (Caminos al Grao in Castillian) owes its name to the roads leading from the city centre to the sea.

Currently bordered by Algirós to the north, with Ensanche and El Pla del Real to the east, with Poblados Marítimos to the west and Quatre Carreres


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


The name Benimaclet was originally mentioned in the record book “Llibre de Repartiment”. It was originally a Muslim farmhouse but during the Conquest in the 13th Century by James I, it was donated in the 14th Century to the Gimeno brothers and to 


Rascaña (officially Rascanya) owes its name to the Andalusian farmhouse of Rascanya, which Jaime I donated to Guillem Aguiló in 1237. To certify this fact, it is known that on August 4, 1237, in El Puig de Santa María, this donation was noted in the “Llibre del 


Benicalap was a formerly populated center that owes its name to an old Muslim farmhouse that appears in the record book “Llibre de

Pobles del Nord

Poblados del Norte (officially Pobles del Nord or also Poblats del Nord), owes its current name, (not its original name since it started out as Distrito de la Vega), to its location, north of the city of Valencia and is the second largest district of Valencia.

Pobles de l´Oest

Los Poblados del Oeste, (Pobles de l’´Oest in Valencian) are rightly named for their location in Valencia’s westside. Although they depend on the City Council of Valencia, they are considered to be part of the “rural 

Pobles del Sud

Poblados del Sur (officially named Pobles del Sud or Poblats del Sud) is a district of Valencia that was named 

This article was originally published in Spanish.  Available here including the complete reference and bibliography list.

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