The largest urban park in Spain, Casa de Campo is a short drive walk from central Madrid
Park information and history
Entertainment and leisure
Food and drink
At over 1,722 hectares, Casa de Campo is the largest urban park in Spain. Situated to the southwest of Madrid, it’s flanked by the banks of the River Manzanares, the municipality of Pozuelo and other wooded areas such as Monte del Pardo. The most common trees are holm oaks and pines, in the style of most meadows in the Castilian plateau.
The importance of Casa de Campo rose when King Philip II of Spain moved the court to Madrid in 1561 and the royal residence was established in the old fortress, which stood on the site of the present-day Royal Palace. A keen hunter, the King wanted to have his court located close to a hunting ground. To honour his wish, he acquired the manor from the Vargas family and the adjoining lands as well. Two centuries later, King Ferdinand VI of Spain named Casa de Campo a Royal Forest. In 1931, under the Second Republic, the property passed from the Crown to Madrid City Council.
Evidence of the noble and royal past are the Palace of Vargas, the Puente de la Culebra bridge, the Tapia (wall) and the gardens of El Reservado.
Encompassing leisure facilities, Casa de Campo is a great park for kids.
Madrid Parque de Atracciones
The Parque de Atracciones (amusement park) features more than 30 rides and attractions for both adrenaline junkies and the fainthearted. La Lanzadera is a freefall ride where riders drop 63 metres at 80km/h. Before returning to the ground, if you’re not too scared up there, you can enjoy beautiful views of the city. El Abismo is a cutting-edge roller coaster with many spirals and hills, with a 49m drop and a top speed of 100km/h. The park has water attractions and a haunted house as well, plus shows, play zones and places to sit down and relax.
Madrid Zoo Aquarium
About 2,000 animals from 500 different species live at the Madrid Zoo Aquarium. The most peculiar residents are a white tiger and individuals from endangered species like the koala or the Barbary lion. However, the best-known animal in the zoo is Xing Bao, the baby giant panda born in Madrid that made its first appearance in early 2014. You can also enjoy live shows with animals like dolphins, birds of prey, exotic birds and sea lions, and visit the various types of sharks that live in the aquarium.
Casa de Campo attracts all kinds of sports lovers. Its 16km-long circuit made of asphalt roads and dirt trails is used extensively for jogging and running. (Nota para los maquetadores: hay que poner un enlace al contenido “Dónde Ir//Deporte//Corre en Madrid”.)
Cycling enthusiasts can be seen riding road or mountain bikes in Casa de Campo. For road cyclists there are paved roads to roll safely within the park, away from heavy traffic, while mountain bikers have numerous trails and narrow drives.
As for water sports, the lake invites visitors to take to the water in a canoe or a paddleboat. Or you can go swimming at the Lago Municipal Sports Centre, which boasts an indoor swimming pool and three outdoor pools that open in the summer months.
Casa de Campo has played host to a great many competitions, like Triathlon and MTB World Cup races. In 2005, the time-trial of the Road World Championships took place in the park.
During your sightseeing day in Madrid, you can go to Casa de Campo for a break, since the park is a short distance from the RoyalPalace, La AlmudenaCathedral or the Chapel of San Antonio de la Florida. A leisurely stroll across this open green space will give you fresh air and tranquillity within city limits.
The Teleférico, Madrid’s cable car, soaring up to 40m above ground from Paseo del Pintor Rosales and riding high into Casa de Campo, affords wonderful views of the city skyline. The terminal in the park also has a café with a viewpoint on the upper level.
The Casa de Campo Trade Fair Park hosts conferences, conventions, fairs, sporting events, business meetings, concerts and theatre plays around the year in its four multi-purpose halls, the theatre/auditorium and the outdoor stage.
The Casa de Campo Trade Fair Park boasts as many as nine restaurants on its Gastronomy Walk. Housed in buildings stamped with a distinctive character – including mansions and palatial homes –, these restaurants serve traditional dishes from different Spanish regions.
The restaurants on the Gastronomy Walk combine good cooking, quality ingredients and a lovely setting in the large green lung of Madrid. Some have outdoor dining areas affording stunning views of Madrid and are available for wedding receptions, business meals, cocktail parties, etc.
All nine restaurants draw a culinary map of the Iberian Peninsula, offering food from Asturias, Vizcaya, Guipúzcoa, Castile, Andalusia and the Mediterranean.