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Dalías (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Dalías, as seen on 24 September 2012 at the Town Hall - Image from the Símbolos de Almería website, 9 May 2014

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Presentation of Dalías

The municipality of Dalías (3,972 inhabitants in 2013; 14,400 ha; municipal website) is located in the centre of the Campo de Dalías plain, between the sea and the Gádor mountains, 40 km west of Almería.
The former municipality of Dalías was split into two new municiplaities, Dalías and El Ejido, by Royal Decree No. 2,251, adopted on 30 July 1982 and published on 11 September 1982 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 218, p. 24,643 (text). The separation followed the transfer of the capital of the former municipality of Dalías from Dalías to El Ejido, approved on 8 May 1981 by the Government of Andalusia. An Information Commission for Territorial Reorganization was set up on 25 May 1981; the Commission validated the proposal tabled by the Villagers' Association of separation of the villages of Dalías and Celín from El Ejido. The municipality initiated the separation process on 2 April 1982, the proposal of separation being reaffirmed on 26 May 1982 and approved by the Almería Provincial Council.

Klaus-Michael Schneider & Ivan Sache, 18 October 2012

Symbols of Dalías

The (unofficial) flag of Dalías is in proportions 2:3, white, with the coat of arms is in the middle, having nearly the total height of the panel.

The coat of arms of Dalías is prescribed by Decree No. 351, adopted on 12 March 1959 by the Spanish Government and published on 16 March 1959 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 64, p. 4,205 (text). This was confirmed by a Decree adopted on 30 November 2004 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 20 December 2004 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 246, pp. 28,986-29,002 (text).
The coat of arms is described as follows:

Coat of arms: Gules a pre-Roman boat sailing on waves argent and azure cantonned dexter by a yoke and a bundle of arrows all or.

The shield is surrounded by a scroll or inscribed with "CIUDAD DE DALÍAS" in letters gules. The ship has a sail argent and a mast sable topped with a pennant gules.
The boat represents the legend of the Queen of Halías, founder of the town, who disembarked in Balerma and followed a watercourse up to the source of Celín.
[Símbolos de las Entidades Locales de Andalucía. Almería (PDF file)]

Klaus-Michael Schneider & Ivan Sache, 18 October 2012