Casa de Campo, Madrid
The park of Casa de Campo, a traditional resort and place of recreation for the people of Madrid, lies to the west of the city, covering an area of 1,700 hectares (4,200 acres) with its oaks, pines, planes, poplars and shrubs and bushes of all kinds. The Casa de Campo dates from the time of Philip II, who laid out a large royal forest near the Alcázar, the Real Casa de Campo, which was enlarged by additional purchases of land at various periods down to the 19th C. Until 1931 the park was a royal hunting ground, closed to the public, but under the Republic it was thrown open and became a favorite resort of the citizens of Madrid.
Casa de Campo Map
Address: Avenida de Portugal, E-28011 Madrid, Spain
Always closed on: Madrid Day - Spain (May 2)
Transit: Metro: Batan; Bus: 33, 65.
Casa de Campo Highlight
The Zoo in the Casa de Campo, with an area of 20 hectares (50 acres), is a development of the 1970s. Laid out on modern lines, it has a collection of both native and exotic animals transferred here from the old Casa de Fieras in the Parque del Retiro, together with new acquisitions. It is, of course, a particular favorite with the children of Madrid.
Map of Madrid Attractions