Cañada Real

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Cañada Real is a shanty town in the city of Madrid.


Cañada Real is situated on the Cañada Real Galiana, one of the traditional cattle roads running from La Rioja to Ciudad Real and close to the M50 motorway, Madrid's third outer ring road.


With around 40,000 inhabitants, Cañada Real is the largest shanty town in Europe.[1] The population is mixed, it houses both Spaniards and immigrants (mainly from Morocco).[2]


Valdemingómez, a quarter in the center of Cañada Real, is controlled by drug gangs, and is scarred by violence. Drug users from around Madrid frequent this quarter to visit the drug markets.[3]


  1. ^ Lauren Frayer, "Showdown Looms Over Europe's Largest Shantytown," NPR (27 April 2012). Retrieved 28-04-2013.
  2. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in French) Article on France 24 website
  3. ^ Giles Tremlett, “Drug clans take control in shanty town where Madrid's politicians fear to tread,” The Guardian (16 November 2009). Retrieved 28-04-2013.