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Left: H2O mall, av. Almendros monolith, April 19th square, Bellavista park. Right: City hall, city centre, Santa Mónica church, Casco church
Left: H2O mall, av. Almendros monolith, April 19th square, Bellavista park. Right: City hall, city centre, Santa Mónica church, Casco church
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Rivas-Vaciamadrid is located in Spain
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 40°20′22″N 3°31′5″W / 40.33944°N 3.51806°W / 40.33944; -3.51806
Country Spain Spain
Region Community of Madrid Community of Madrid
Comarca Cuenca del Henares
 • Mayor Pedro del Cura (United Left)
 • Total 67.16 km2 (25.93 sq mi)
Elevation 590 m (1,940 ft)
Highest elevation 699 m (2,293 ft)
Lowest elevation 525 m (1,722 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Total 81,000
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
Demonym(s) ripenses
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 28521, 28522, 28523, 28524, 28529
Website www.rivasciudad.es

Rivas-Vaciamadrid is the seventh richest municipality of Spain (according to a recent market study dated in 2014) and is situated at the meeting point of the Jarama and Manzanares rivers in the Alcalá comarca in the autonomous community of Madrid. It is located approximately 20 kilometres from central Madrid.

It has been one of the fastest growing municipalities in Spain in recent years, growing from 500 inhabitants in the 1980s to its current figure of 70,000, the population is projected to rise to 100,000 by 2014. [1] It is bordered to the north by Madrid and San Fernando de Henares, to the south by Arganda del Rey and San Martín de la Vega, to the east by Mejorada del Campo and Velilla de San Antonio, and to the west by Getafe and Madrid (the district of Villa de Vallecas.)

Despite the high urban growth, almost three quarters of the municipality form part of the south eastern regional park, making it an important ecological centre with numerous lakes and various species of wildlife and fauna.


In 1845, the area of Vaciamadrid, previously part of the village of Vallecas, was joined to the town of Rivas, with the unified municipality originally called Ribas de Jarama.

The area was devastated during the Spanish civil war and had to be rebuilt in the post-civil war period. In 1954 the name was changed to its current title. At the end of the 1980s the area was designated as a future nucleus for new urbanisation projects under a project titled Rivas-Urbanizaciones (Rivas-Urbanisations). The first developments were those in the current districts of Pablo Iglesias and Covibar.

In 2004 the municipal boundary with the city of Madrid was altered. This involved the transfer of areas known as Covibar-Madrid to Rivas-Vaciamadrid. In exchange, some uninhabited areas in Los Berrocales district were transferred to the Vicálvaro district of Madrid in order to allow the construction of a new housing project.

Local politics[edit]

Together with San Fernando de Henares and Casarrubuelos, it has been one of the best areas for United left in the Madrid community. In 2007, the party won twelve of the twenty five council seats available, with the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party and the People's Party (Spain) each winning six seats. [2] In the 2011 elections United Left won a majority of seats on the council.

Local election results in Rivas-Vaciamadrid
Party 1987 1991 1995 1999 2003 2007 2011 2015
United left (IU) 4 7 6 8 9 12 13 7[3]
People's Party (PP) 0 2 6 7 6 6 7 4
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party 5 6 5 6 6 6 4 4
Podemos - - - - - - - 6[4]
Citizens - - - - - - - 4
Others 4 2 1 1 0

Source: [5]


Since 1999, the area has been connected to central Madrid by two stations on Line 9 of the Madrid metro. Rivas-Urbanizaciones, located in the Covibar district and Rivas-Vaciamadrid: located between the A3 road and the area known locally as Rivas Pueblo. A third metro station, Rivas Futura, was built in 2008.

By road, it is linked to Madrid by the A-3: exits 12 (Urbanisations), 17 (City Centre) and 19 (Historic Area). Numerous buses also serve the area (330, 331, 332, 333, 334 lines)


The main festivals are the festival of Romería del Cristo de Rivas (29 September), San Isidro (15 May), the popular festivals of Rivas-Urbanizaciones (second weekend of September) and the festivals of the Urbanisation La Partija on the 15 June.


Locally there are 15 kindergartens (6 public and 9 private), 13 public primary education schools, 5 secondary education institutions and one private school.


The area includes three teams who play at the top level in their respective sports, Rivas Osos in american football since the year 2000. Rivas Ecópolis plays in the women's basketball top division, the Liga Femenina de Baloncesto. Dridma Rivas Softball club plays in the Liga Nacional Sófbol Femenino División de Honor, the highest division of softball in Spain


  1. ^ abc.es ::: Descubre Rivas Vaciamadrid
  2. ^ council seats by municipality in the Madrid community
  3. ^ United left-Equo-Somos Rivas.
  4. ^ Rivas Puede.
  5. ^ Madrid community local election results

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