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The name is derived from the Spanish "levantar" (meaning "to rise") and refers to the sunrise in the east. It means "Orient" and in a broader sense all countries around the Mediterranean (Levantine Sea) or their coastal areas and in a narrower sense the coast of Asia Minor, Syria and Egypt. In Spain, this is the name for the large landscape on the east coast, which extends below the region of Catalonia in the north to Cartagena in the south. To the west, the regions of La Mancha and Andalusia follow

The Levant includes the regions of Murcia and Valencia with four provinces. The port has been an important transshipment point for wine since ancient times and still is today. To the east of Valencia lies the Balearic archipelago with the main island of Mallorca. With increasing distance from the coast, the climate is characterized by very hot summers up to 45°C with low rainfall and periods of drought. Classified as DO areas are Alicante, Utiel-Requena and Valencia (Valencia region) and Bullas, Jumilla and Yecla (Murcia region).

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