Soto del Real
|Soto del Real|
|Comarca||Cuenca Alta del Manzanares|
|Judicial district||Colmenar Viejo|
|• Mayor||Juan Lobato Gandarias (PSOE)|
|• Total||42.17 km2 (16.28 sq mi)|
|Elevation||921 m (3,022 ft)|
|Highest elevation||2,119 m (6,952 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||890 m (2,920 ft)|
|• Density||200/km2 (510/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
During the 13th century the area encompasing Colmenar Viejo, Chozas de la Sierra and Porquerizas (Miraflores de la Sierra) was a source of legal conflict between the provinces of Madrid and Segovia, with John I of Castile incorporating Chozas to the municipality of El Real de Manzanres in 1389.
In 1568 Philip II of Spain exempted Chozas from El Real de Manzanares.
The name Soto del Real has been in use since a 1959 vote in which the local population chose the name over Alameda de la Sierra or its historic one, Chozas de la Sierra. The town's coat of arms makes reference to both of the town's names.
Soto makes reference to the numerous trees and forests surrounding (in Spanish Sotos), del Real referring to its historical ties to El Real de Manzanares from 1389 till 1568.
The first weekend of August Soto del Real celebrates its festivities in honour of the Virgen del Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary), patron of the municipality.
The 7th of October, day of the Virgin of the Rosary, is also celebrated, as is the 15th of May, day of San Isidro