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Velada is located in Spain
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 39°59′N 4°59′W / 39.983°N 4.983°W / 39.983; -4.983Coordinates: 39°59′N 4°59′W / 39.983°N 4.983°W / 39.983; -4.983
Country  Spain
Autonomous community Castile-La Mancha
Province Toledo
Municipality Velada
 • Total 145 km2 (56 sq mi)
Elevation 432 m (1,417 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Total 2,436
 • Density 16.8/km2 (44/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Velada is a municipality located in the province of Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. According to the 2006 census (INE), the municipality has a population of 2,436 inhabitants.


The primitive population of this term was Atalayuelas. The relation of 1578 says that the name is changed towards 1278 but there are two Evenings, the first of which remains remains in the middle of the sixteenth century and the modern population that was founded around the middle of the fifteenth century. The territory was reconquered by knights of the city of Avila. In 1294 the estates of Velada and San Roman were created in favor of Fernán and Gil Blázquez de Ávila, grouped in a mayorazgo founded by his father Blasco Jimeno Dávila. Their descendants ruled the lordship and its towns. According to Cedillo, at the beginning of century XVI, they had to grant the title of Villa to Velada. In 1557 of grant to Don Gomez Dávila, eighth lord of Velada, the title of Marquess de Velada. The town is divided into two districts, one to the south and one to the north, separated by a stream

The term "Velada" refers to the action of monitoring, confirmed because in ancient times the population called "Atalayuelas", which means to watch, to watch from a watchtower .


In agreement with a document of 1578 Atayuelas happens to be denominated Velada towards 1278. The zone was reconquered by knights of the city of Avila. In 1294 the estates of Velada and San Roman were created.

It is estimated that at the beginning of the sixteenth century he was awarded the title Villa.

On October 30, 1557 , King Felipe II granted the Marquisate of Velada to Gomez Dávila and Dávila, who at that time was the 11th lord of Velada and VIII lord of San Román.

In the Palace the Infante Don Luis Antonio de Borbón and Farnese lived with his family, where his two daughters were born, Maria Teresa de Borbón and Vallabriga , XV Countess of Chinchón , I marquess of Boadilla del Monte , and Maria Teresa de Borbón and Vallabriga , Duchess consort of San Fernando de Quiroga .

Watermelon of Velada[edit]

The velada watermelon is one of the main engines of the economy of this municipality. Being a dry and ecological crop, these watermelons have great flavor and the largest can reach up to 30 kg in weight. They grow in a large area called "El Baldío" and their collection usually goes from mid-July to mid-October, and even depending on the year, until November. The planting takes place between April and May.

Velada's watermelon is exported in Spain and abroad.

Circuit of Speed[edit]

A group of investors has designed reference facilities in central Spain for regional and national championships, as well as other types of testing and training sessions of a private nature.

The circuit will be built on an area of 50 hectares next to the N-502 , in a place called 'Barbú' and that the Velada City Council will yield to the construction company for 90 years for the exploitation of sports facilities.

Velada will have its speed circuit and a complex with hotel, restaurant and cafeteria, as well as several ships for the preparation of vehicles. 2 By the end of 2012 the project was "stagnant and stagnant". 3