Hoyo de Manzanares is situated in the northwest of the Community of Madrid, in the southern slope of the Guadarrama Mountains. With a stable population of about 8000 people, which considerably increases in summer, is located in the Regional Park of the Cuenca Alta del Manzanares, who is also a Biosphere Reserve. We're going to discover this municipality.
In the Muslim era, built two watchtowers in Hoyo de Manzanares to monitor access to Magerit (Madrid).
After the Christian conquest, like the other peoples of the area, was the subject of the dispute between from Segovia and Madrid for centuries. In Hoyo de Manzanares 1636 receives the title of villa and is independent from the Manzanares El Real.
In 1947, it installed the Academy for Engineers of the Army in Hoyo de Manzanares, what caused the increase of the population, which continues today. In our days, visitors come to the famous sanatorium of the "Healthy City" or to enjoy the Sierra.
Hoyo de Manzanares is entirely in the Regional Park of Cuenca Alta del Manzanares, who is also a Biosphere Reserve. Also belongs to a network of municipalities that defend the Iberian imperial eagle.
In this atmosphere of appreciation for the environment, there is a environmentalist association, call The Cork Oak, Which defends the natural environment of the village.
There is also a tourist information center in Hoyo de Manzanares, which carries out activities in the nature.
Hoyo de Manzanares has a rich architectural heritage, and many other buildings that were made with traditional materials are retained.
Thus, in granite are made the House of Culture and the Town Hall of Hoyo de Manzanares between the most representative, along with other buildings in the Plaza de Cervantes and the Plaza Mayor, in addition to many old houses of the people that are retained and some villas of the early twentieth century
There are also presumably visigoth tombs and a Jewish cemetery.
Fiestas and traditions
In Hoyo de Manzanares will join traditional festivals, along with other modern that are carried out in summer, with theatrical and musical performances.
In addition to celebrations such as the Carnival with the burial of the sardine; or Christmas, with Bethlehem popular and ride of the Kings; there are other specific to the locality.
Specific Fiestas would be the Feast of the massacre, or the Feasts of Our Lady of the oak, in early September, where in Hoyo de Manzanares held novilladas and tasting of more than 1000 kilograms of caldereta de toro de Lidia.