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 Comarca Alta del Manzanares
Government
 • Mayor Miguel Ángel Santamaría Novoa
Area
 • Total 182.6 km2 (70.5 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 44,427
 • Density 240/km2 (630/sq mi)
Demonym 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.

On the path between the North and the South of Spain, at the bottom of the Guadarrama Mountain Range, Colmenar Viejo is located in a strategic way.

Traditional granite mining has been changing the landscape along the history. Coppice has appeared, and as a result of livestock farming, mainly cow and horse cattle, the grassland has been taking a main role.

Colmenar Viejo is also distinguished because a large part of its land is included in the Manzanares Upper Basin Regional Park, causing that some spaces are under a high protection level. The Navalvillar Grassland is protected by municipal bylaws, and, albeit it does not belong to the Park, it is rich in flora and fauna for its location and conservation.

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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