Pego (Valencian and also Spanish: [ˈpeɣo] is a town situated in the district of Alicante, Spain.
Lying just inland from the northern Costa Blanca resort of Dénia, the town of Pego beings in a clinical depression, bordered by hills. A component of the Marina Alta comarca of Alicante, Pego has a populace of 10,721 (2006) and a history dating from the Arab profession. The region around Pego was resolved throughout the Bronze Age and later on by Iberian as well as Roman human beings, though the story of the town actually starts while of the Moors in around 726, when Pego was an essential Arab territory which later formed component of the Taifa of Dénia. Consequently, conquered forcibly under James I of Aragon in 1244, Pego was later on repopulated with peasants from Catalonia and also the barony of Pego was created in 1262, and also control of the community passed through the hands of different participants of the Valencian nobility.
During the late 13th century the marshes in between Pego and also Oliva were created for the production of rice, fishing and also grazing, rice particularly ended up being a crucial income source, though later rice production in the wetlands was prohibited by Martin I (1403) and also efforts were made to manage the growing of the marshes. The final expulsion of continuing to be moriscos (Moors converted to Christianity) occurred in 1609 and also Pego came to be basically deserted for some time.
In the late 18th century specific locations of the marshes were further established, starting with the formation of water drainage ditches in the outer areas, though rice production did not return till 1805 when a Royal Order enabled the crop to be grown once again, substantial locations were transformed in between 1820 and 1840 however much of the marshes stayed unblemished. The farming of rice continued to boost and also by 1901 382 hectares were devoted to rice production, this got to a high of 900 hectares in 1945. During Moorish times Pego was of course a walled town, with the required castle, after the reconquest these strongholds were extended and also had in all 16 towers, the majority of this was destroyed throughout the Battle of Spanish Sequence (1701-- 14). There are still some remains of the wall, these can be discovered in the Old Town where the middle ages roads still retain a lot of their initial appeal.
Worth going to in Pego are the Arciprestal Church of Our Woman of the Assumption (16th century) built in the Renaissance design, built on the damages of an earlier church, the Church of Ecce Homo (18th century) in the Baroque style and designed by the Valencian engineer Fray Francisco Cabezas, the Church of the Sagrada Família, the hermitage of San José (19th century), the hermitage of San Miguel (17th century), the Castillo de Ambra (Castle Ambra) believed to stem from the early 13th century and the Parque Natural de la Marjal de Pego-Oliva (Natural Park of the Pego-Oliva Marshes).
Pego celebrates a variety of fiestas as well as festivals throughout the year and also these include the Moors and Christians (late June), Porrat de Sant Antoni del Porquet (January), Circus and also the Pinyata (funeral of the sardine).
Some typical neighborhood meals consist of "Crosta" (rice baked in the oven with pork parts), botifarra (blood and also onion sausage), chick peas and ruined eggs (baked on the top at the end), "arros caldos" (slushy rice with beans, turnips, hen, as well as pork) as well as paella with land snails and also rabbit and also many other selections of paella. Tapas such as "pichinettes" (colorful little freshly captured clams sautéed in EVO with tomato, onion and lemon). "Caragols" land snails sautéed in tomato, tortilla coverings with various speciality fillings such as small shrimp from the local river.
Pego is situated on the CV-715 simply inland from Denia and also Oliva.
Weather condition - Pego takes pleasure in a pleasant Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summertimes and mild winter seasons.
Coordinates: 38°50.5′N 0°7′W
• Total 52,85 km2 (2,041 sq mi)
Population (2017) • Total 9,923
• Density 1.9/km2 (4.9/sq mi)