1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Villena
|←Villena, Enrique de||1911 Encyclopædia Britannica, Volume 28
|See also Villena on Wikipedia; and our 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica disclaimer.|
VILLENA, a town of eastern Spain, in the province of Alicante; on the right bank of the river Vinalapo, and at the junction of railways from Valencia, Alicante, Albacete and Yecla. Pop. (1900) 14,099. Villena is a labyrinth of winding alleys, which contain some interesting examples of Moorish domestic archi- tecture. It is dominated by a large and picturesque Moorish castle. The surrounding hills are covered with vines, and to the east there is an extensive salt lagoon. Silk, linen, flour, wine, brandy, oil, salt and soap are the chief industrial products.