Patraix Neighbourhood

Patraix Neighbourhood in Valencia, Spain
Updated by Suitcase in SPAIN June 2023


Patraix, a municipal district in Valencia, derives its name from the ancient neighborhood of Patraix, which has Roman origins. Tombstones with inscriptions from that period provide evidence of its historical significance. The area was once home to an Andalusian farmhouse known as “Petraher” and later referred to as “Petrair.” During the conquest of Valencia, King James I donated the farmhouse to his scribe, eventually passing it on to the Escrivá and Fenollar families. In 1567, it was confiscated by the Crown and sold to the Marquises of Elche, who later sold their lordship to the first Marquis of Cruilles. Patraix played a prominent role during the reign of Carlos III when Valencia was divided into quarters, each governed by its own mayor. Patraix was one of them and even became a head of the judicial party.

In 1849, Pascual Madoz gave the following description:
“…Lugar con ayuntamiento de la provincia […] de Valencia (10 minutos). Sit. en terreno llano al SO. de la misma ciudad, le baten generalmente los vientos del E. y O.; su clima es templado y saludable. Tiene 61 casas, cárcel pequeña, 2 antiguos palacios casi arruinados; escuela de niños a la que concurren 30 […]; iglesia parroquial dedicada a San Nicolás de Bari, aneja de la de los Stos. Juanes de la ciudad de Valencia. Carece de territorio propio, pues el terreno que le circunda corresponde al de aquella ciudad: su jurisdicción municipal solo se extiende al caserío. Los caminos que parten del pueblo son locales y dirigen á los pueblos limitrofes. […] Población: 100 vecinos, 476 almas…”
Diccionario de Madoz (Madoz, Pascual, 1849). Diccionario geográfico-estadístico-histórico de España y sus posesiones de Ultramar 12. p. 720.

English Translation:

“Town with a city council in the province of Valencia (10 minutes away). Located on flat land to the southwest of the same city, it is generally exposed to winds from the east and west. The climate is mild and healthy. It has 61 houses, a small jail, 2 ancient palaces almost in ruins; a boys’ school attended by 30 students; a parish church dedicated to San Nicolás de Bari, annexed to the church of Los Santos Juanes in the city of Valencia. It lacks its own territory, as the surrounding land belongs to that city: its municipal jurisdiction only extends to the village. The roads leading from the town are local and lead to neighboring towns. Population: 100 households, 476 individuals.”
Dictionary of Madoz (Madoz, Paschal, 1849). Geographic-statistical-historical dictionary of Spain and its overseas possessions 12. p. 720

Patraix is bordered by L’Olivereta to the north, Extramurs and Jesus to the east, Poblados del Sur to the south, and the municipality of Chirivella to the west. It consists of five neighborhoods: Patraix, Sant Isidre, Vara de Quart, Safranar, and Favara.


  • Rich historical heritage dating back to Roman times.
  • Charming neighborhood with lively streets and a diverse population.
  • Proximity to major landmarks, including the Estación del Norte.
  • Access to several parks and green spaces, such as Jardines de Viveros.
  • Well-connected with metro stations and bus routes, facilitating easy transportation.


  • Limited territorial jurisdiction due to its close proximity to the city of Valencia.
  • Potential urban development challenges as the area undergoes expansion.
  • Historic buildings in need of restoration and preservation efforts.
Patraix district is a treasure trove of history, charm, and a vibrant local atmosphere. Its well-preserved streets, historical landmarks, and cultural heritage make it an ideal place for history enthusiasts and those who appreciate the city’s rich past. With its lively local scene, residents can enjoy the energy of the neighborhood, explore local shops and markets, and savor the authentic Valencian culture. Patraix offers a unique blend of historical significance and a thriving community, making it a captivating place to call home.

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