Colmenar Viejo

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Colmenar Viejo
Municipality
Hermitage of Santa Ana.
Hermitage of Santa Ana.
Coat of arms of Colmenar Viejo
Coat of arms
Colmenar Viejo is located in Spain
Colmenar Viejo
Colmenar Viejo
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 40°39′32″N 3°45′57″W / 40.65889°N 3.76583°W / 40.65889; -3.76583
Country  Spain
Community Community of Madrid
Province Madrid
Comarca Cuenca Alta del Manzanares
Government
 • Mayor Miguel Ángel Santamaría Novoa (PP)
Area
 • Total 182.6 km2 (70.5 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 44,427
 • Density 240/km2 (630/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Colmenareños
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 28770

Colmenar Viejo is a town and municipality of about 44,000 inhabitants, located in the Community of Madrid, Spain, 30 kilometers north of Madrid on the M-607 motorway. It belongs to the comarca of Cuenca Alta del Manzanares.

Main sights[edit]

Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción.

The most important tourist attractions places in Colmenar Viejo are:

Physical environment[edit]

Colmenar Viejo's municipality has a size of 182.6 square kilometres (70.5 square miles), the third largest in the province of Madrid, after Madrid and Aranjuez.

Traditional granite mining has been changing Colmenar Viejo's landscape. As a result of livestock farming, mainly cow and horse cattle, grassland has been taking a main role.

A large part of land under Colmenar Viejo's jurisdiction is inside of the Parque regional de la Cuenca Alta del Manzanares (Manzanares Upper Basin Regional Park), causing that land to be under a high protection environmental level. The Navalvillar Grassland is protected by the municipality and, albeit it does not belong to the Park, it is quite rich in flora and fauna.

Festivities[edit]

  • Fiesta de la Vaquilla, February 2
  • Fiesta de la Maya, May 2
  • Festivities in honour of the Virgen of Remedios, last weekend of August
  • Day of Colmenar Viejo, commemorating the villages endorsement by Ferdinand II of Aragon, November 22

Twin towns[edit]

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