Villanueva de la Cañada

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City Hall in Villanueva de la Cañada
Location

Villanueva de la Cañada is a municipality in the west of the Comunidad de Madrid (España), north-west of the city of Madrid. It borders Valdemorillo and Villanueva del Pardillo to the North, Majadahonda, Boadilla del Monte and Villaviciosa de Odón to the East, Brunete to the South and borders Quijorna to the West.

It has a resident population of 18,425 (INE 2012), which increases to almost 30,000 due to the Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio.

It covers an area of 34.92 km², 30 km from the capital. Geographically, it sits on a large plain, in which there are several promontories of rare height, on one of which is found the castle of Aulencia o de Villafranca, its principal monument.

There are numerous populated areas surrounding the edge of the urban centre, due to a strong push towards urbanisation of the municipality. Guadamonte, La Raya del Palancar, Villafranca del Castillo and la Mocha Chica are the most developed.

Geography[edit]

Villanueva de la Cañada is watered by the rivers Guadarrama and Aulencia, as well as various streams. The latter joins eventually the Guadarrama, which flows in turn into the Tajo.

Geologically, its limits form part of the depression of the Tajo and it is defined by the existence of many alluvial fields, with an average elevation of 652 metres.

History[edit]

Coat of arms of Villanueva de la Cañada

Monuments and places of interest[edit]

Major roads[edit]

The municipal limits of Villanueva de la Cañada are crossed by the following major roads:

Public transport[edit]

Villanueva de la Cañada is connected by several coach lines:

Education[edit]

Lycée Molière de Villanueva de la Cañada, a French international school, is in the city.

Villanueva de la Cañada in popular culture[edit]

Sister Cities[edit]

  • Metepec, State of México, México

Notable residents[edit]

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