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Provinces of Spain

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In addition to its seventeen autonomous communities, Spain is divided into fifty provinces.

Formerly of greater importance, since the arrival of the autonomous community system the provinces have had fewer powers. They are still used as electoral districts, in postal addresses, and as geographical referents. (A small town would be identified as being in Valladolid province sooner than as being in Castile-Leon, for example.)

Most of the provinces are named after their principal town. There are only two cities that are capitals of autonomous communities without being capitals of provinces: Mérida in Extremadura and Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.

Seven autonomous communities are composed of only one province: Asturias, Balearic Islands, Cantabria, La Rioja, Madrid, Murcia, and Navarre.

The table below lists the provinces of Spain. For each, the capital city is given, along with the autonomous community it is a part of, and a link to a list of municipalities in the province. Where local place-names differ from the Spanish, both are given, with the Spanish form first.

Province name Capital Autonomous community Lists of municipalities
Álava/Araba Vitoria/Gasteiz Basque Community Municipalities
Albacete Albacete Castile-La Mancha Municipalities
Alicante/Alacant Alicante/Alacant Valencian Community Municipalities
Almería Almería Andalusia Municipalities
Asturias Oviedo Asturias Municipalities
Ávila Ávila Castile-Leon Municipalities
Badajoz Badajoz Extremadura Municipalities
Barcelona Barcelona Catalonia Municipalities
Burgos Burgos Castile-Leon Municipalities
Cáceres Cáceres Extremadura Municipalities
Cádiz Cádiz Andalusia Municipalities
Cantabria Santander Cantabria Municipalities
Castellón/Castelló Castellón de la Plana/Castelló de la Plana Valencia Municipalities
Ciudad Real Ciudad Real Castile-La Mancha Municipalities
Córdoba Córdoba Andalusia Municipalities
La Coruña/A Coruña La Coruña/A Coruña Galicia Municipalities
Cuenca Cuenca Castile-La Mancha Municipalities
Gerona/Girona Gerona/Girona Catalonia Municipalities
Granada Granada Andalusia Municipalities
Guadalajara Guadalajara Castile-La Mancha Municipalities
Guipúzcoa/Gipuzkoa San Sebastián/Donostia Basque Community Municipalities
Huelva Huelva Andalusia Municipalities
Huesca Huesca Aragon Municipalities
Islas Baleares/Illes Balears Palma de Mallorca Balearic Islands Municipalities
Jaén Jaén Andalusia Municipalities
La Rioja Logroño La Rioja Municipalities
León León Castile-Leon Municipalities
Lérida/Lleida Lérida/Lleida Catalonia Municipalities
Lugo Lugo Galicia Municipalities
Madrid Madrid Madrid Municipalities
Málaga Málaga Andalusia Municipalities
Murcia Murcia Region of Murcia Municipalities
Navarra Pamplona Navarra Municipalities
Orense/Ourense Orense/Ourense Galicia Municipalities
Palencia Palencia Castile-Leon Municipalities
Las Palmas Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Canary Islands Municipalities
Pontevedra Pontevedra Galicia Municipalities
Salamanca Salamanca Castile-Leon Municipalities
Tenerife Santa Cruz de Tenerife Canary Islands Municipalities
Segovia Segovia Castile-Leon Municipalities
Sevilla Sevilla Andalusia Municipalities
Soria Soria Castile-Leon Municipalities
Tarragona Tarragona Catalonia Municipalities
Teruel Teruel Aragon Municipalities
Toledo Toledo Castile-La Mancha Municipalities
Valencia/València Valencia/València Valencian Community Municipalities
Valladolid Valladolid Castile-Leon Municipalities
Vizcaya/Bizkaia Bilbao/Bilbo Basque Community Municipalities
Zamora Zamora Castile-Leon Municipalities
Zaragoza Zaragoza Aragon Municipalities


See also

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