Guadalupe (Spain)

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Guadalupe (Río Guadalupe)
Guadiana basin
The watershed of the Guadiana
Physical characteristics
 - locationSierra de Villuercas,
Cáceres Province
 - elevation1,157 m (3,796 ft)
 - location
Garcia de Sola Dam, Guadiana
Valdecaballeros municipality, Badajoz Province
 - coordinates
39°14′15″N 5°8′58″W / 39.23750°N 5.14944°W / 39.23750; -5.14944Coordinates: 39°14′15″N 5°8′58″W / 39.23750°N 5.14944°W / 39.23750; -5.14944
 - elevation
391 m (1,283 ft)
Length40.56 km (25.20 mi)
Basin features
ProgressionGuadiana - Atlantic Ocean
River systemGuadiana

The Guadalupe or Guadalupejo river (Spanish: Río Guadalupe) is a right hand tributary of the Guadiana, in Spain.


The Guadalupe has its sources in the Sierra de Villuercas near Guadalupe, giving its name to the town, and by extension to the monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe.

It flows southwards into the Guadiana at the Garcia de Sola Dam, barely 1.5 km east of Valdecaballeros. There is an abandoned nuclear power plant, the Valdecaballeros Nuclear Power Plant, as well as a small dam near its mouth.[1]


The name is believed to be derived from the Arabic phrase وادي اللب, "Wad-al-lubb" ("hidden river"), because the river narrows down as it flows near to the town of Guadalupe.[citation needed]

An alternate etymological explanation which is commonly found on the internet states that the name may have derived from the Arabic word for "valley" or "river" (wadi) and the Latin word lupus, meaning wolf.[2]

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