Alzira is a city and municipality located in the province of Valencia, eastern Spain. It is the capital of the comarca of Ribera Alta and has a population of 46,300 inhabitants, with a floating population of 62,094. The city is situated on the left bank of the Júcar river and is the heart of the second largest urban agglomeration in the province, with a population of over 100,000. During the 20th century, Alzira transformed from an agricultural economy to a diverse industry-orientated city with an important commercial infrastructure and associated services. A few companies have their head-office in the city, including building and publishing companies, diverse industries, and more.
Alzira has a rich history that dates back to the Iberian settlement of Algezira Sucro, which was named because of its insular position between two branches of the Sucro (Júcar) River. It became the Saetabicula of the Romans and was called Jazīrat Shuvr by the Moors. United to Christian Spain in 1242, it declined after the expulsion of its large Morisco population in the early 17th century. The city has a Renaissance city hall (1540; now a national monument) and a Roman bridge over the Júcar. Ruins of the 14th-century monastery of La Murta are nearby.
Alzira lies at the feet of the Sierras of Murta and Agulles, in the heart of the Upper Júcar region, of which it is the capital. The town is at the center of a rich agricultural area, with orange groves and rice fields surrounding the city. Alzira exports oranges and by-products, manufactures paper goods, and breeds poultry. The city is also known for its beautiful architecture, including the aforementioned Renaissance city hall and Roman bridge, as well as the ruins of the 14th-century monastery of La Murta.
Overall, Alzira is a beautiful and historic city with a rich cultural heritage and a thriving economy. Whether you're interested in exploring the city's architecture and history, or simply enjoying the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside, Alzira is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Valencia.
Alzira also has one of the international schools in the areas around Valencia and a small and growing international population both in and outside the town