Province of Palencia
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Map of Spain with Palencia highlighted
|Autonomous community||Castile and LeÃ³n|
|â€¢ Total||8,052 km2 (3,109 sq mi)|
|Area rank||Ranked 29|
|1.6% of Spain|
|â€¢ Rank||Ranked 46th|
|â€¢ Density||21/km2 (55/sq mi)|
|Website||DiputaciÃ³n de Palencia (Spanish)|
Palencia is a province of northern Spain, in the northern part of the autonomous community of Castile and LeÃ³n in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula. It is bordered by the provinces of LeÃ³n, Cantabria, Burgos, and Valladolid.
Of the population of 176,125 (2002), 45% live in the capital, Palencia. There are 191 municipalities in the province, of which more than half are villages with fewer than 200 people.
The major towns in this province are: Guardo, an industrial-mining town; Aguilar de Campoo, a biscuit and tourist village in northern Palencia; Herrera de Pisuerga, a village that is the doors to the Palencine mountain, is also known for its summer activities and Crab Festival; Venta de BaÃ±os, an important railway and industrial junction south of the province; Villamuriel de Cerrato, a village to the south of Palencia that owes its development to the Renault factory and its proximity to Palencia; Cervera de Pisuerga, in the heart of the Palencine mountains; Barruelo, a mining town that was the most populated town until the 1960s.
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