Casa de Campo, Madrid
Casa de Campo is Madrid's largest park. Phillip II (1527-1598) originally used it as his personal royal hunting grounds. Open to the public since 1931, it now holds the most extensive attractions of any green space in Madrid.
Casa de Campo is located west of the city center, separated from the Parque de Oeste by the M-30.
Park facilities have expanded over the years from simple picnic benches to include the Zoo, Amusement Park, tennis courts, pools and much more. Nevertheless, the Casa de Campo maintains a surprising variety of unspoiled flora and fauna which you can explore on bike and hiking paths.
One way to get here is via Teleférico, an aerial cable car running from Paseo del Pintor Rosales (near Plaza de España) to the middle of the park. At the cable's end, you can enjoy great views of Madrid from a towering cafe-restaurant.
The Casa de Campo is so big that it's hard to know where to begin. Here are the facilities around each metro station.
Near the "Lago" metro stop
- The park's main lake with rowboats
- A large complex of public pools and tennis courts
- Recinto Ferial Casa de Campo: a large grounds for conferences, exhibitions, concerts, etc.
- Madrid Zoo & Aquarium
- Parque de Atracciones (Amusement Park)
Be aware that prostitution pervades a number of the main avenues leading to the park.