Pozuelo de Alarcón
||This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Spanish Wikipedia. (December 2013)|
|Pozuelo de Alarcon|
View of Pozuelo de Alarcón, looking down the Avenida de Europa.
Pozuelo de Alarcón shown within Madrid
|Region||Community of Madrid|
|Comarca||Madrid metropolitan area|
|• Total||43.2 km2 (16.7 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||690 m (2,260 ft)|
|Postcode||28223 and 28224|
Pozuelo de Alarcón is an upper-class suburb of over 85,000 inhabitants situated ten kilometers west of the Moncloa District of Madrid. It is surrounded by large Mediterranean pine-tree forests: la Casa de Campo, el Monte del Pardo and el Monte del Pilar.
Pozuelo has become a low-density residential area during recent decades as new residential developments have quickly spread over formerly agricultural lands. New elements of transport infrastructure pass through the municipality. Most notable of these are: the M-40, the second, counting outwards, of Madrid's ring motorways; and the new (summer 2007) 'Metro Ligero' (light rail) line ML2 of the Madrid metro system, which connects Pozuelo with the [Aluche] district in the city of Madrid. Pozuelo is also served by two stations, 'Pozuelo' and 'El Barrial-Centro Commercial Pozuelo' of the Madrid area local train system, the 'Cercanias'. Important road access is also provided by the A6 and the M503.
According to official statistics, Pozuelo's average income level ranks highest, by a notable margin, amongst the municipalities of the Region of Madrid. The standard of living in most of its neighborhoods is high, although some old town-center areas, where a growing economic immigrant population has moved in, are excluded from such wealth.
Pozuelo has a number of urban parks, some of them elongated and serving to separate different areas of the town. The most attractive area from an urban planning point of view is the Avenida de Europa, an urban development designed around a wide boulevard.
The Catholic Church in Pozuelo is called  Santa Maria de Caná. It has a modern structure and it is made of bricks, which gives the building a unique look. The church opens 24 hours a day and it is adapted for disabled people.
The Municipal Council has been ruled by political conservatives since the first democratic elections of the modern Spanish democracy took place. The current mayor, Gonzalo Aguado Aguirre, was elected in 2009. Among notable people that live there are Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Sainz, a Spanish World Rally Champion. Sainz was also the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the town in 2010.
The local festivities, the "Fiestas Patronales", takes place in July and in the beginning of September. Pozuelo also has one of the highest average per capital income in the Community of Madrid.
Temperatures in Pozuelo de Alarcón are cooler than Madrid's all year round due to its proximity to Madrid's Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains, about 30 kilometers northwest of Pozuelo.
Twin towns – Sister cities
Pozuelo de Alarcón is twinned with:
- Naucalpan, Mexico
- Bir Lehlou, Western Sahara
- Ficha municipal = Municipality Summary Sheet from the Institute of Statistics of the Comunidad de Madrid (in Spanish)
- Pozuelo website: news, culture, stores and companies...
- "Gross Disposable Income by Municipality" from the Institute of Statistics of the Comunidad de Madrid (in Spanish)
- "Santa Maria de Caná"
- RedBull.com - Six of the Best: Carlos Sainz moments Retrieved 17 September 2010
- RallyBuzz.com - Volkswagen factory driver Carlos Sainz honoured 24 November 2010
- "Poznań - Miasta partnerskie". 1998–2013 Urząd Miasta Poznania (in Polish). City of Poznań. Archived from the original on 2013-09-23. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
- "Poznań Official Website - Twin Towns". (in Polish) © 1998–2008 Urząd Miasta Poznania. Retrieved 2008-11-29.
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