It is situated approximately 675m above sea level, on the dividing line formed by the Henares and Tajuña rivers, between two natural enclaves, La Campiña, to the northwest, and La Alcarria, to the southeast.
Guadalajara is the capital of the province that bears his name and is located in the centre of Spain, with Madrid to the east, and is part of the so-called “Corredor Industrial del Henares”, right on the route of the A-2 highway, between Madrid, Zaragoza and Barcelona.
Guadalajara capital occupies an area of 234 km2 and has a population of 85,871 inhabitants, according to data from January 2019 (National Institute of Statistics). Its inhabitants have more than 120 hectares of green areas and the urbanization project of the SUE 30 sector has already been given the green light in which there are 47,500 square meters where more than 200 homes can be built with approximately 8,500 square meters of green areas.
The city is located just over 50 km from Madrid and 300 km from the coast, which constitutes an optimal strategic location for any sector, especially logistics.
It is this proximity to Madrid that has made it one of the destination cities for the establishment of the so-called semi-heavy and heavy industry. In addition, the great development and growth that it has experienced over the last decades make it one of the most thriving territories in Spain.
The capital of the province has 4,484,271 m² of industrial land made up of the “El Ruiseñor”, “El Henares”, Taracena, and other sectors with suitable land to receive companies such as “Puerta Centro Ciudad del Transporte.
In terms of university education, Guadalajara hosts part of the campus of the University of Alcala de Henares (UAH) with 12 degrees, three of them double, and by 2022 it is intended to host 1,500 more students in the new Las Cristinas Campus. Adapting to the demand, the UAH intends to extend its academic offer with two new degrees: Logistics and Biomedical Engineering.
Guadalajara is interconnected in the Peninsula with an optimal communications network:
By road: it has highways such as the A-2 and R-2 that allow fast and direct communication with the cities of Madrid, just over 50 km away, Zaragoza and Barcelona. In addition, it is also connected to the A-1, which allows you to access the northern part of Spain.
Railway Networks: the infrastructures developed in its railway network allow Guadalajara to connect people and goods, both from Europe and from other parts of the Spanish geography, with its city. One of these infrastructures is the high-speed train network (AVE).
Airport: the geographical proximity to the capital also allows it to have the Adolfo Suarez Airport, 30 minutes away, as an international gateway.
Dry Ports: intermodal logistics infrastructures have been developed such as the Dry Port of Azuqueca de Henares and the “Guadalajara Transport City”, located between the municipalities of Marchamalo and Guadalajara.
Ports: thanks also to its location and its communications network; Guadalajara is located less than 3 hours from major seaports.
Guadalajara capital also stands out for its events of cultural interest, among which is the Marathon of Children’s Tales, a festival of oral storytelling that takes place every year at the Palacio del Infantado during the month of June. There, storytellers from all over the world gather to tell stories non-stop throughout the weekend.
Among the most emblematic monuments of the town we can find the Palacio del Infantado, the Torreon Alvar Fañez, the Torreon del Alamín the Pantheon of the Duchess de Sevillano, the Palacio de la Cotilla, the Cathedral of Santa María or the Chapel of Luis Lucena.
Guadalajara is carrying out several innovative strategic plans to promote economic and business growth in the region, in the short and medium term.
Exports in Castilla-La Mancha exceed 7,000 million. At the provincial level, it ranks first in imports as the province with the greatest dynamism in the entire region, with a volume variation of 13.2%.
The greater dynamism of the labour market is also transferred to household consumption. Guadalajara is the second province of Castilla-La Mancha with the highest increase in domestic consumption.
The province of Guadalajara is located in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula, located just over 50 km from Madrid and 300 km from the coast, giving it a perfect strategic location for any sector, especially logistics.
The province of Guadalajara is connected to Madrid and Barcelona by road, commuter train and high-speed train. Guadalajara has access to the main airports, dry ports and seaports in Spain.
Guadalajara has more than 6,000,000 m2 of available industrial land spread over more than 22 municipalities, where logistics play a privileged role.
Guadalajara, in the heart of the “Corredor del Henares”, constitutes a great growth opportunity. The main key factors are its strategic location in the region, its infrastructures and equipment, as well as the high population settlement and business establishment.
Guadalajara has its own Campus of the University of Alcalá de Henares, a benchmark in Social and Legal Sciences, Engineering and Architecture, Health Sciences and Education. In addition, the new degree studies in Logistics and Biomedical Engineering will be taught.
At the forefront in the production of wind energy and with a high growth in the generation of photovoltaic wind energy, Guadalajara is an example of respect for the environment and also has three natural parks.
The province of Guadalajara reached the record number of 470,000 overnight stays in 2017. Stays in rural accommodation have increased by 24%, placing it at the head of the provinces of Castilla-La Mancha.
The growth of the sector, the higher price of housing and the proximity to Madrid, have made the land increase its value and the construction sector resume the path of growth in the province of Guadalajara.
The city of Guadalajara, European City of Sport 2018, will host 231 sporting events, with 8 international sporting events taking place in the capital, 25 nationally and 198 locally. A participation of more than 250,000 people is estimated.
Guadalajara is home to some of the most relevant national companies in the agri-food, logistics, pharmaceutical or chemical sectors, among many others.
Another added value of Guadalajara is the existence of the Provincial Confederation of Entrepreneurs, the main social agent of the province’s economy, and the European Centre for Business and Innovation (CEEI), as the nucleus of entrepreneurship and business creation in Guadalajara.
The regional government of Castilla-La Mancha has approved a series of support measures for the business network. Those who meet the requirements and purposes set out below can benefit from such aid.
These aids are:
Order 170/2020, of October 21, of the Office of Economy, Business and Employment, which establishes the regulatory bases for aid to support modernization, innovation and increased competitiveness in the tourism sector in Castilla-La Mancha as a consequence of the health crisis caused by COVID-19, and the call is made for 2020. Extract BDNS (Identif.): 530743. [2020/8761]
It establishes the regulatory bases of aid to support modernization, innovation and increased competitiveness of the tourism sector in Castilla-La Mancha as a result of the health crisis caused by COVID-19, as well as making the call for 2020.
The purpose of this program is to support the improvement of the tourism sector to favour the development of a quality tourism offer, more competitive and safe, oriented to customers and the market, in order to adapt to the new post-COVID-19 reality.
Decree 74/2020, of November 17, which regulates the direct granting of subsidies to stimulate the consumption of tourist services, due to the health crisis of COVID-19. Extract BDNS (Identif): 534042. [2020/9699]
Its purpose is to regulate the direct granting of subsidies aimed at promoting and encouraging the consumption of tourist services in the Castilla-La Mancha region.
The subsidies are intended to promote the promotion and commercialization of initiatives to stimulate the consumption of services by private consumers, provided by the tourism sector of Castilla-La Mancha, in order to contribute to the development of the destination and the business competitiveness of these sectors.
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Decree 77/2020, of December 7, which regulates the direct granting of subsidies for the insertion of young people in the labour market in sectors of activity included within the Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 2021 and within the framework of the Operational Program for Youth Employment 2014-2020. BDNS Extract (Identif): 538474. [2020/10770]
Its purpose is to regulate the direct granting of subsidies for the formalization of employment contracts of no less than six months, their transformation into indefinite contracts or initial indefinite contracts with young people registered in the National Youth Guarantee System, in sectors of activity related to green economies, circular economy, sustainability, ecological transition and / or digital development.
Their purpose is to facilitate access to employment for young unemployed people in the Autonomous Region of Castilla-La Mancha in strategic sectors of activity, providing them, at the same time, through orientation actions, with tools to increase their future employability and improve their quality in job performance.
Resolution of 12/17/2020, of the General Directorate of Tourism, Trade and Crafts, announcing the aid aimed at the recovery and strengthening of the retail trade of Castilla-La Mancha in the face of the health crisis caused by COVID-19 , for fiscal year 2020. Extract BDNS (Identif.): 540085. [2020/11117]
Its purpose is to announce the aid destined for the recovery and strengthening of the retail trade of Castilla-La Mancha in the face of the health crisis caused by COVID-19, for the year 2020, in order to promote, reactivate and strengthen the retail business of the region, consolidate the existing business network, stimulate employment in the sector and increase its competitiveness and profitability.
Order 151/2020, September 8, of the Office of Sustainable Development, by which the regulatory bases are developed and the call for the incentive program for efficient and sustainable mobility (Moves II program) is approved. Extract BDNS (Identif.): 523238. [2020/6395]
Develop the regulatory bases and announce by 2020 the public aid aimed at actions to support mobility based on criteria of energy efficiency, sustainability and promotion of the use of alternative energies, including the provision of electric vehicle charging infrastructures, which are contained in Royal Decree 569/2020, of June 16, which regulates the incentive program for efficient and sustainable mobility (Moves II Program) and the direct granting of aid from this program to the autonomous communities and the cities of Ceuta and Melilla, developed at the request of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge.
Order 40/2019, of March 4, which establishes the regulatory bases of the aid -Adelante Inversión-, for the promotion of investment and the improvement of business productivity in Castilla-La Mancha, 80% co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. [2019/2267]
Its objective is to establish the regulatory bases for the concession, under the competitive call for proposals regime, of aid to promote investment and improve productivity in Castilla-La Mancha, aimed at business projects promoted by SMEs.
Their purpose is to provide financing to companies to start a business project, their incorporation into the business network of Castilla-La Mancha and the improvement of their productivity, all by making productive investments, improving processes and manufactured products in the region, the differentiation of these from the competition and the opening to new markets to achieve the consolidation of the business network in the region.