Casa de Campo

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This article is about the Spanish urban park. For the Dominican resort, see Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic.
Lake of Casa de Campo with España square behind.
Fountain of the Triangle in Casa de Campo.

The Casa de Campo (for Spanish: Country House) is the largest urban park situated west of central Madrid, (Spain). It was formerly a royal hunting estate. Its area is more than 1,750 hectares (6.8 sq mi).[1]


Vertical view over the park from the cable-car

An amusement park, the Parque de Atracciones de Madrid, and the Madrid Zoo are located inside the park. It is common for families from Madrid to spend days in the park, enjoying the nice weather and looking at the wildlife that may be seen around (mostly squirrels, rabbits and different kinds of birds).

In 1936–39, during the Spanish Civil War, the front lines of the Siege of Madrid ran through the Casa de Campo, where the Republicans had halted a nationalist offensive in November 1936.

The park can be accessed via the Teleferico, a gondola with pick up point inside the Parque del Oeste on the west end of Madrid. The drop-off point houses a restaurant with an overlook of Madrid, playgrounds (both inside and outside), and access to trails. Also, there are several mountain bike trails within the park.

The park is also known as an area to find prostitutes, many of whom are unwilling.[2][3][4] The complaints received at the influx of sex workers wearing little clothing have been rejected by the police as the clothing is required for their job.[5][6]

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  1. ^ Institutp Geográfico Nacional de España. "Visor cartográfico Iberpix". Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  2. ^ ""Europe’s brothel" Spain seeks solutions to prostitution". Khaleej Times. 2006-02-25. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  3. ^ "African Women Being Sold Into European ''Sex Slavery''". 2001-03-14. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  4. ^ Tremlett, Giles (2001-02-28). "African women tricked into sex slavery in Spain". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  5. ^ Boulware, Jack (2000-07-05). "Hookers at the playground". Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  6. ^ "Madrid Prostitutes Cleared To Dress Down". 2000-06-28. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 

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Coordinates: 40°25′22″N 3°45′21″W / 40.42291°N 3.75595°W / 40.42291; -3.75595