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Levante

The name is derived from the Spanish "levantar" (meaning "to rise") and refers to the rising of the sun in the east. It means "Orient" and refers in a broader sense to all the countries lying around the Mediterranean (Levantine Sea) or their coastal areas and in a narrower sense to the coast of Asia Minor, Syria and Egypt. In Spain, it is the name given to the large landscape on the east coast, which extends below the region of Catalonia in the north to Cartagena in the south. West of it the regions La Mancha and Andalusia adjoin. The Levante includes the regions of Murcia and Valencia with four provinces. The port of València was an important transhipment point for wine in ancient times and still is today. East of València lies the archipelago of the Balearic Islands with the main island 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 (Region of Valencia) and Bullas, Jumilla and Yecla (Region of Murcia).

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