Madrid Casa de Campo Tour is for you if you’re training for a half or full marathon or just eager to stay out there a little longer and see some beautiful nature. The tour starts and ends downtown on Gran Via or at a convenient central location.
From there, we run a gorgeous couple of kilometres through Madrid’s oldest neighbourhood. We go down to the Manzanares River and into Madrid’s epic city park, the Casa de Campo. Previously the hunting grounds of the Spanish Royal Family, it is a dense oak and pine forest. Running through the park is an unforgettable experience in the heart of Madrid. It will make you feel like you are far away deep in the countryside.
Casa de Campo is one of the biggest city parks in the world. In fact, it’s five times the size of New York City’s famous Central Park. The park is situated to the west side of the city and is home to the Madrid Zoo and Aquarium, an amusement park and a cable car called the Teleferico de Madrid. The cable car boasts awesome aerial views of the park.
A more significant part of the park is just a vast, wild open space free of all the noise and artificial elements of a modern city.
Ideal for Running
The park has many trails that crisscross one another. These are ideal for running with plenty of inclines and declines for a proper workout. The pathways are fairly undulating so don’t expect a flat, easy run through the park. It’s still doable for those with a certain fitness level. And we can take it at the pace that suits you best.
Many of the less frequented areas of the park showcase Madrid’s natural semi-arid beauty with red soil and scruffy looking pine and oak trees.
The park is also home to many wild rabbits and has abundant birdlife, including starlings, orioles and nightingales. As well as incredible natural surroundings and views of the Madrid skyline to die for, our run will pass the Almudena Cathedral, the Royal Palace, Opera house and the beautiful Manzanares River.