Municipal location within the Community of Madrid.
|Autonomous community||Community of Madrid|
|• Total||14.15 sq mi (36.65 km2)|
|Elevation||2,230 ft (680 m)|
|• Density||240/sq mi (92/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Historically, agriculture has driven much of Villaconejos' economy. The most popular crops in the region are olives, vines, and cereals. Melons produced in the area are also particularly popular throughout Spain. There is a Melon Museum to celebrate the fruit in the region.
The town's name is derived from Conejos ("rabbits" in Spanish). It is believed that the name comes from the abundance of rabbits in the region, as well as their hunting.
There is a place known as El Vedado and a small hill known as Cerro Barbero, but formerly called Cerro Galguera. These terms are related to hunting: the closed area and the hunting dogs, which are used for agility and speed. Hunting took place until recently, before an association of hunters existed.
The abundance of rabbits and the reputation of melons in the area have long been recorded in historical writings.
In 1561, there was significant deforestation in the area known as El Montecillo. There were numerous oak, pine, and gall trees, so thick that it was inhabited by large numbers of wolves. Felling of wood took place agreed upon by neighbors and, Villaconejos Colmenar de Oreja. Residents had to carry out raids from time to time because some animals reached the entrances to villages, threatening the inhabitants. There were wolves around the area who fed on rabbits.
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