This oversized pond, initially called Estanque Grande, dates from 1563, when it was built together with another four lakes, by the Dutch master Pietre Yansen for use by Spanish monarchs. They used it for fishing and for general recreational pursuits such as rowing across it with gondolas and other craft brought from Italy.
Today, now open for use by the public, the pond or lake as it is known, is the hub of a recreation area where passersby and visitors to the Casa de Campo wood can stop to relax in its natural surroundings, have some fun on the boats or enjoy a refreshment in any of the outdoor bars and restaurants around the lake.
A few minutes' walk away is the Paseo de la Gastronomía, lined with a number of traditional Spanish restaurants, and the zoo and the Casa de Campo fairground are within easy reach, not only by metro and bus, but also on foot along the Avenida de Portugal from Madrid Río.
Mon - Fri: 5.80 Euros.
Sat - Sun & bank holidays: 7.50 Euros.
Mon - Sun: opens at 08.30 h., closes at sundown.
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