Casa de Campo Park covers an area of 1722,60 hectares which makes it the biggest park in the city of Madrid. It’s five times the size of Central Park in New York! Apart from being a park, Casa de Campo is also home to the city’s cable car, zoo and amusement park.
Just like many other sites in Madrid, Casa de Campo also has an interesting history. Originally, this area was established by King Phillip II for private hunting when he moved the court to Madrid in 1561. However, the park has been open to the public since May 1931.
Most of the original constructions built by the royals in Casa de Campo have been destroyed since it was one of the battlefields during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) of which some of the remains can still be seen today. Continue reading “Visit Madrid’s biggest park”
As summer approaches, you will start to find more and more young people gathering in the streets to enjoy a drink or two, before heading into the centre to the bars and clubs. This is known as a botellón “an open-air drinking session”, and although strictly speaking it’s not allowed, the police will normally turn a blind eye and move you along, providing you aren’t causing a disturbance to other members of the public.
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What’s the one thing that Madrid is missing? A beach! Fear not however, because Madrid’s outdoor swimming pools will start to open their doors towards the end of May. They tend to stay open until the beginning of September when the children go back to school (although obviously each individual pool will vary) so if you’re here over summer you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the sun!
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What’s stopping you? Here in Madrid there are dozens of ways to get hold of a bike (excluding stealing one, obviously). From free bike hire, to guided city bike tours, you’ll definitely be able to find what you’re looking for.
The free bike hire is located in Juan Carlos I Park. All you need to do is go to the office next to main car-park, where you’ll be handed a personal electronic card which is valid for a year. The bikes are available to use for up to an hour each time and there are special bike routes so you’ll be able to make the most of the park’s beautiful surroundings.
Continue reading “I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike.”