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The name derives from the Spanish "levantar" (Eng. "To rise") and refers to the sunrise in the east. By analogy, it means "land of the Orient" and in a broader sense denotes all the countries lying around the Mediterranean Sea (Levantine Sea) or their coastal areas and, in the narrower sense, the coast of Asia Minor, Syria and Egypt, In Spain This is the name given to the great landscape on the east coast, which is below the region Catalonia in the north to Cartagena in the south ranges. West of it close the regions La Mancha and Andalusia at.

The Levant covers the regions of Murcia and Valencia with four provinces. The harbor was already in the antiquity an important transhipment point for wine and still is today. East of Valencia lies the archipelago of Balearic Islands with the main island of Mallorca. With increasing distance from the coast the climate is from very hot summers to 45 ° C with low rainfall and droughts embossed. As DO areas are classified Alicante. Requena and Valencia (Region of Valencia) as well Bullas. Jumilla and Yecla (Murcia region).

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