Casa de Campoisone of the biggest parks in the world. True fact is that it’s five times the size of New York City’s famous Central Park. The park is situated to the west side of the historical area of Madrid and hosts a multitude of activities including the Madrid Zoo Aquarium, an amusement park (Parque de Atracciones) and a cable car ride called the Teleferico de Madrid which boasts some awesome aerial views of the park. Our run will start atthe Plaza de España which is one of Madrid’s busiest traffic intersections.
We meet at the most attractive feature in the plaza which is a massive stone obelisk that was built in 1928. In front of the obelisk is a statue which pays tribute to Spain’s most renowned author, Don Miguel de Cervantes. The statue portrays Cervantes’s most famous fictional characters,Don Quixoteon his horseand Sancho Panzahis trustworthy 2 squires on his donkey. The novel was written by Cervantes in 1605. From there we’ll head down towards the Manzanares River with the Royal Palace on display to our left.
Once we reach the bridge called Puente de Segovia, we’ll cross over the river and soon arrive at one of the main entrances of the park which is where we’ll also find the Lago Metro Station. From here on we’ll be able to select a route through the park. We can either go around the perimeter which is the longer route or we can weave our way through the park depending on how far you want to go and how much you want to see. The park has many trails that criss cross one another and are great for running in many different directions if desired.
Many of the less frequented areas of the park showcase Madrid’s natural semi-arid beauty with red soil and scruffy looking pine trees. The pathways are fairly undulating so don’t expect a flat, easy run through the park (certainly no walk in the park but it’s easily do-able). The park is also home to many wild rabbits and has an abundance of bird life including starlings, orioles and nightingales. If you’ve done all the city sight seeing and are craving some outdoors, this tour is definitely for you!