Colmenar Viejo

Colmenar Viejo is a town and municipality of about 48,614 inhabitants,[2] located in the Community of Madrid, Spain, 30 kilometers north of Madrid on the M-607 motorway.[3] It belongs to the comarca of Cuenca Alta del Manzanares.

Colmenar Viejo
Hermitage of Santa Ana.
Hermitage of Santa Ana.
Flag of Colmenar Viejo
Coat of arms of Colmenar Viejo
Coat of arms
Colmenar Viejo is located in Community of Madrid
Colmenar Viejo
Colmenar Viejo
Location in Spain
Colmenar Viejo is located in Spain
Colmenar Viejo
Colmenar Viejo
Colmenar Viejo (Spain)
Coordinates: 40°39′32″N 3°45′57″W / 40.65889°N 3.76583°W / 40.65889; -3.76583
Country Spain
Community Community of Madrid
ComarcaCuenca Alta del Manzanares
 • MayorMiguel Ángel Santamaría Novoa (PP)
 • Total182.6 km2 (70.5 sq mi)
 • Total49,498
 • Density270/km2 (700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code

Main sightsEdit

In the town, there are many archeological sites, most of them come from hispanic- visigothic times, with household areas and burials.

Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción.

The most important tourist attractions places in Colmenar Viejo are:

Physical environmentEdit

Colmenar Viejo's municipality has a size of 182.6 square kilometres (70.5 square miles), the third largest in the province of Madrid, after Madrid and Aranjuez.[4]

Traditional granite mining has been changing Colmenar Viejo's landscape. As a result of livestock farming, mainly cow and horse cattle, grassland has been taking a main role.

A large part of land under Colmenar Viejo's jurisdiction is inside of the Parque regional de la Cuenca Alta del Manzanares (Manzanares Upper Basin Regional Park), causing that land to be under a high protection environmental level. The Navalvillar Grassland is protected by the municipality and, albeit it does not belong to the Park, it is quite rich in flora and fauna.


Vertical bar chart Demographic of Colmenar Viejo between 1900 and 2009[5]


Estudios Tablada in Madrid used the Dehesa de Navalvillar as a filming location for films such as El Cid, Spartacus, Alexander the Great, For A Few Dollars More, La última aventura, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Conan the Barbarian.[6]

The television series Locked Up (Vis a vis) also commissioned a studio in Colmenar Viejo for most of its filming.[7]


  • Fiesta de la Vaquilla, February 2
  • Fiesta de la Maya, May 2
  • Festivities in honour of the Virgen of Remedios, last weekend of August
  • Day of Colmenar Viejo, commemorating the villages endorsement by Ferdinand II of Aragon, November 22

Twin townsEdit


  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  2. ^ "Cifras oficiales de población resultantes de la revisión del Padrón municipal a 1 de enero. Madrid: Población por municipios y sexo". Instituto Nacional de Estadística (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Colmenar Viejo". Ayuntamiento de Colmenar Viejo (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Ayuntamiento". Ayuntamiento de Colmenar Viejo (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Series históricas de población". Instituto Nacional de Estadística (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 6 March 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Presentación del libro "Colmenar Viejo, Tierra de Cine"". (in Spanish). 4 May 2009. Archived from the original on 19 August 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  7. ^ Redondo, David (27 April 2015). "Así se transforma una nave de oficinas en la cárcel de 'Vis a vis'". Cadena SER (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 January 2021.

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