A perfect place for visiting with children: nature, amusement park and zoo. What more could you ask for?

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Casa de Campo

The city's largest park.

A field in the middle of the city. The Casa del Campo, the city's largest park, has been enjoying some extra shine for the past few years as the construction of Madrid Río and the expulsion of cars from the surface of Manzanares have brought it closer to the centre. The best way to arrive to this enormous 1722 hectare space is by crossing the Puente del Rey at the foot of the Campo del Moro at the Palacio Real. One of the major attractions is the 80,000 square metre lake with its huge fountain and pier, where you can also go canoeing. Here you can have a drink on the terrace, while admiring the monumental façade of the city: the Palacio Real, La Almudena, the rooftops of Madrid de los Austrias and the skyscrapers of Plaza de España. If you take a walk to get in touch with nature, you will find pines, poplars, banana trees, oaks and countless animals such as rabbits, squirrels and ducks. Prepare to scream with excitement because inside the Casa de Campo is an amusement park (www.parquedeatracciones.es) with many roller coasters and aquatic attractions. Feel that tingle in your belly! If you're going with children, you'll have a ball at the zoo (www.zoomadrid.com), with its 6000 animals and 500 species that they will surely want to cuddle. Nearby you'll find the cable car. You can take it back to the centre and feel like a bird!

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