La Moraleja

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La Moraleja is an affluent residential district of Alcobendas municipality in northern Community of Madrid, Spain, in the Madrid metropolitan area; located next to El Soto and El Encinar de los Reyes. The Spanish version of Beverly Hills,[1][2] it is home to some of Spain's wealthiest people with sprawling mansions and several luxury golf courses such as La Moraleja Golf Club Madrid.[3]

One author describes it as a "moneyed enclave of the rich and famous, including politicians, actors, top businessmen" with property prices which "range from the merely extortionate to the outright laughable."[1] People such as Rocío Jurado, Isabel Pantoja, José Antonio Camacho, Lola Flores, Ava Gardner, David Beckham, Bing Crosby, Ronaldo, Ana Obregón, Belinda Peregrín Schüll, and Gonzalo Higuaín live or have lived in La Moraleja. Aside from its golf courses, La Moraleja also contains some of Spain's elite private schools and sports clubs.[4]


Private schools[edit]

La Moraleja has several private schools.

Runnymede College is a co-educational private school located in La Moraleja, Madrid, Spain.[5] It is the oldest British independent school in Spain and a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, the main representative body for independent secondary schools in the United Kingdom

The Saint-Exupéry campus of the Lycée Français de Madrid or Liceo Francés de Madrid is situated in La Moraleja.[6][7]

Scandinavian School in Madrid has English and Swedish sections.

Other La Moraleja private schools include Kings College and International College Spain, the most expensive school in the area as well as the only school in Madrid offering the full IB Curriculum in English.


  1. ^ a b Hobbs, Guy; Postings, Heleina (2008). Live and work in Spain. Crimson Publishing. p. 74. ISBN 978-1-85458-430-4. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Time Out (8 February 1999). Time out Madrid. Penguin. p. 68. ISBN 978-0-14-027443-1. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Nass, Herbert E. (1991). Wills of the Rich and Famous. Robson. ISBN 978-0-86051-746-7. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Where to live in Madrid". Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Klaus Boehm and Jenny Lees-Spalding. Guide to Independent Schools (DT Guide). Trotman Publishing, 2009.
  6. ^ "Bienvenue au Lycée Français de Madrid." Lycée Français de Madrid. Retrieved on 17 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Localisation." Lycée Français de Madrid. Retrieved on 17 January 2015. "Saint-Exupéry Camino Ancho, 85 28109 - Alcobendas Madrid"

Coordinates: 40°30′54″N 3°38′31″W / 40.51500°N 3.64194°W / 40.51500; -3.64194