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.
Yes! They also exist in Madrid. Within the park there is a hill called Cerro de Garabitas where it is believed that souls of the deceased ones go to see the panoramic view of Madrid for the last time. It sounds freaky but if you think about it, it’s quiet beautiful.
Within your Reach
At Casa de Campo I feel like I’m in the country side. The only difference is it’s just a couple of metro station away from Plaza de España. Many ‘’Madrileños’’ come here to walk, run and cycle. One thing I love about Casa de Campo is the fact that it has picnic tables all around which makes it the perfect place to hang out with your friends during the spring or summer season. Moreover, it’s an ideal place to take a break from the vibrant city centre and enjoy nature while preparing for the next Spanish class at Inhispania.
Another cool thing about this place is that you’ll find some restaurants as well. So you don’t have to worry about feeling hungry and not being able to find food. These restaurants are around the big lake which you can’t miss once you get out of the metro station (Lago).
Parque Casa de Campo
Avenida de Portugal, s/n
Phone: +34 91 479 60 02
Line 5 – Casa de Campo station
Line 10 – Lago, Casa de Campo or Batán stations