|Region||Community of Madrid|
|Comarca||Madrid metropolitan area|
|• Alcalde||Ignacio García de Vinuesa (2007) (PP)|
|• Total||44.98 km2 (17.37 sq mi)|
|Elevation||700 m (2,300 ft)|
|• Density||2,400/km2 (6,200/sq mi)|
|Demonym||Alcobendense or alcobendano|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||28100, 28108, 28109|
Alcobendas (Spanish pronunciation: [alkoˈβendas]) is a city located in the Community of Madrid, central Spain. It is located roughly 13 kilometres (8 mi) north of Madrid and 7 kilometres (4 mi) from Barajas International Airport. It includes a central urban zone, a recently built district known as Valdelasfuentes, La Moraleja and El Soto de la Moraleja residential zones, the Valdelatas nature reserve and a light industrial estate. A huge business park called Valdelacasa for high-tech firms is being built. It is home to the Cosmocaixa sciences museum and the Diversia entertainment centre, it is also the location of a basketball museum organised by the Pedro Ferrándiz Foundation where the FIBA Hall of Fame is located. Padre Manyanet School is also located in the area.
Once a working class area with high levels of poverty, it has in more recent times become one of the more socially and economically affluent areas of the Madrid metropolitan area and also contains the neighbourhood of La Moraleja.
Alcobendas in is the B1 zone for Madrid's transport network.
Both Alcobendas and its neighbour city, San Sebastián de los Reyes are connected with Madrid with buses operated by the 'Interbús' bus company. There are currently eight bus lines that go to and from different districts of Alcobendas to Plaza de Castilla (the hub for public transport to northern Madrid). Alcobendas also has eight bus lines that connect the different zones of Alcobendas between themselves.
Alcobendas presently has four Metro stations (La Granja, La Moraleja, Marqués de la Valdavia and Manuel de Falla) which are all on line 10 of the Madrid Metro network. These stations were recently opened by Esperanza Aguirre, President of the Autonomous Community of Madrid.
Buses going to and from Plaza de Castilla are:
151 Madrid (Pza. Castilla) - Alcobendas (FF.CC)
153 Madrid (Pza. Castilla) - Alcobendas (Rosa Luxemburgo)
153B a.k.a. B53 Madrid (Pinar de Chamartín) - Alcobendas (Rosa Luxemburgo)
155 Madrid (Pza. Castilla) - Alcobendas (El Soto de la Moraleja)
155B a.k.a. B55 Madrid (Pza. Castilla) - Alcobendas (El Encinar de los Reyes)
157 Madrid (Pza. Castilla) - Alcobendas (Pº de la Chopera)
157C a.k.a. C57 Madrid (Pza. Castilla) - Alcobendas (Valdelasfuentes)
159 Madrid (Pza. Castilla) - Alcobendas (Arroyo de la Vega)
Buses connecting different parts of Alcobendas are:
L-1 Arroyo de la Vega - El Soto de la Moraleja - La Moraleja
L-2 Alcobendas - La Moraleja [via Pº Alcobendas]
L-3 Arroyo de la Vega - El Soto de la Moraleja - El Encinar de los Reyes
L-5 San Sebastián de los Reyes - Alcobendas - El Soto de la Moraleja
L-6 Valdelasfuentes (FF.CC) - Polígono Industrial
L-9 Alcobendas (FF.CC) - Arroyo de la Vega
Two further circular lines are:
C10 Valdelasfuentes - Arroyo de la Vega - Valdelasfuentes
C11 Arroyo de la Vega - Valdelasfuentes - Arroyo de la Vega
Alcobendas also has two suburban railway stations (one shared with San Sebastián de los Reyes):
Alcobendas-San Sebastián de los Reyes.
Both form part of the C-4a Cercanías line and can get to Sol and Atocha in half an hour.
Alobendas is easily reached by car as well. There are a number of motorways going round Alcobendas and through it. Airport access is perfect with the recently built motorway known as the M-12 which connects the Canillejas district of Madrid with Barajas International Airport and ending up in the Arroyo de la Vega area of Alcobendas
List of motorways and main roads that go through Alcobendas: A-1-Autovía del Norte
R-2-Radial 2 (Madrid-Guadalajara)
M-603-Carretera de Fuencarral a Alcobendas
M-616-Carretera de El Pardo a Alcobendas
The difficulty of parking in Alcobendas varies depending on which district you are parking in. In the Casco district it is challenging to find a parking space. However this problem is not posed in the newer areas where ample parking facilities are available.
- Penélope Cruz, actress. During the 2008 Oscar Ceremony, after receiving the prize for best Supporting Actress, she openly acknowledged the municipality in her acceptance speech.
- Marcos Pérez Jiménez, former Venezuelan dictator. Residence after being exiled from Venezuela where he lived until his death in 2001.
|Climate data for Alcobendas|
|Average high °C (°F)||11
|Average low °C (°F)||1
|Avg. precipitation days||15||18||21||24||25||21||22||21||22||20||15||17||241|
|Source: Weatherbase |
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Alcobendas.|
- Alcobendas (Spanish)