Carabanchel is a municipality in the south- west of Madrid, Spain. It has 250,000 inhabitants and is administratively from the quarters Comillas ( 111) Opañel (112 ), San Isidro ( 113), Vista Alegre (114) Puerta Bonita (115 ), Buena Vista ( 116) and Abrantes (117).


Archaeological finds confirm a settlement on the terraces of the Manzanares River in prehistoric times since the Paleolithic period. However, there is no evidence for this in Roman or Visigothic period. However, there existed a Roman post station (Latin: mansio ) called Miacium that was located above the road that connected Titulcia with Segovia.

During the Spanish Civil War Carabanchel was the scene of heavy fighting during the Battle of Madrid, tried as a nationalist troops, the place to conquer and it suffered heavy casualties in street fighting. During the remaining siege of Madrid, the front line ran through the streets Carabanchels to the Republican Madrid on March 28, 1939 fell. The communities Carabanchel Carabanchel Bajo Alto and were incorporated to Madrid in 1948. In Carabanchel was until 1998 one of the most notorious prisons in Spain, in which, during the Franco era, many political prisoners were incarcerated.

Major Roads

One of the main streets Carabanchels is the General Ricardos, almost permeates the whole district. It begins at the Marqués de Vadillo and ends at Eugenia de Montijo.

Other major roads are: Oporto, Antonio López, Antonio Leyva, Vía Lusitana, Abrantes, Camino Viejo de Leganes, Avenida de los Poblados, La Oca, Eugenia de Montijo, Aguacate, Muñóz Grandes, Fatima, Carpetana.

Daughters and sons of the district

  • Eduardo Chozas Olmo ( b. 1960 ), cyclist
  • Santiago Segura (born 1965 ), actor

Pictures of Carabanchel