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Province of Albacete

Fuensanta reservoir in 2008
Fuensanta reservoir in 2008
Flag of Albacete
Coat of arms of Albacete
Coat of arms
Map of Spain with Albacete highlighted
Map of Spain with Albacete highlighted
Autonomous community Castile–La Mancha
Capital Albacete
 • President Pedro Aº Ruiz Santos (PSOE (SSWP))
 • Total 14,858 km2 (5,737 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 9th
Population (2012)
 • Total 402,837
 • Rank Ranked 35th
 • Density 27/km2 (70/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Spanish: Albaceteño/-a / Albacetense
Official language(s) Spanish

Albacete (Spanish: Provincia de Albacete, pronounced: ) is a province of central Spain, in the southern part of the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha. As of 2012, Albacete had a population of 402,837 people. Its capital lies at Albacete, 262 kilometres (163 mi) by road southeast of Madrid.[1]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The territory occupied by the province of Albacete has been inhabited since ancient times, as evidenced by cave paintings in the Cueva del Niño and Cueva de la Vieja.[2] In Roman times, the territory of the present province of Albacete was part of Carpetania and Celtiberia, Contestania, Bastetania and Oretania. In Roman times, the Romans built a significant settlement at Libisosa,[3] and during the age of the Visigoths, Tolmo de Minateda grew in prominence.

During the Muslim era, territories of the province were under different zones of influence, and numerous farmhouses, castles and watchtowers developed to fight off invaders. A number of battles were held here in the Middle Ages, and on April 25, 1707, the Battle of Almansa was held in the vicinity of the town of Albacete, a major Spanish battle which culminated in the triumph of Philip V who ascended to the throne, establishing the monarchy for the House of Bourbon in Spain.[4]

In 1822 the province of ephemeral Province of Chinchilla was created, composed of municipalities in the provinces of La Mancha, Cuenca and the Kingdom of Murcia. Its capital at Chinchilla de Monte-Aragón, very close to the city of Albacete, would be the basis on which the province of Albacete was created in 1833 as dictated by Javier de Burgos.[5] Following the adoption of the Constitution in 1978, the province of Albacete joined the Castile-La Mancha Region from the Murcia Region, and its Statute of Autonomy was approved in 1982.[6]


Located in the southeast of the Central Plateau with an area of 14,926 km ², the Province of Albacete is bordered by the provinces of

  • Carnival of Villarrobledo (Spanish)

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See also

The Lagunese de Ruidera flows in the west. Other rivers of note include the Cabriel on the far northeastern border, the Salobral, Navalcudi and Tajo-Segura in the central part, the Corcoles in the northwest, and the Guadalmena, Mundo, Tus, Segura. and Taibilla rivers in the south. [7]

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