The largest green extension of Madrid is located a short distance from downtown.
It is a historic garden and the largest public park in the municipality of Madrid. It duplicates the extension of the Bois de Boulogne, it is five times bigger than Central Park and six times bigger than Hyde Park.
It is synonymous of fun and free time for the locals, since inside there are Madrid Theme Park, the Zoo, the Cable Car and many sports facilities for public use, as well as the Madrid Arena pavilion.
The Casa de Campo de Madrid was the Royal site for hunting and recreation of the Monarchy since the acquisition of the estate of the Vargas family by Philip II in 1562 until the seizure of Crown assets by Decree of the Government of the Second Republic of April 20, 1931. In 2010 it is declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, in the category of Historic Site. The Casa de Campo is currently the main lung of the city and hosts numerous activities linked to its purpose as a place for recreation and instruction of citizens. To its ecological and landscape value is added an important historical load, materialized in significant archaeological remains, a set of buildings and civil works of historical-monumental character, testimony of its stage as a Real Site and a broad representation of contemporary architectures of its stage as public park.