Parque de Atracciones theme park in Madrid

By | 22 April, 2014 | 0 comments

An ideal plan to emulate Lou Reed’s Perfect Day as a visitor in Madrid is to go to Parque de Atracciones, a theme park in Madrid inaugurated in 1969 that preserves its charm from the past without suffering the decadence of Coney Island in New York. Easily accessible by metro, just three stops from Plaza España (Line 10, Batán), entry tickets cost between 16 and 29.90 euros, free for small children (up to 1.40m tall).

The park preserves the charm of nostalgic rides such as the Prehistoric Valley, the Mirror Labyrinth or The Pirates, but with time it has adapted to the 21st century and has incorporated new rides. In fact, since 1998, an important sum of money has been invested in it (48 million euros) in order to revamp it, and a new entrepreneurial spirit emerged with the fusion of the Zoo Aquarium, Aquopolis and the Madrid cable car (teleférico), under the name of Parques Reunidos. The competence of new leisure offers such as Parque Warner or Xanadú was a strong one, so there was no time for complacency.

One of the park’s strongest point is that it was conceived for children to have a great day, without forgetting about stronger rides not suitable for children. The hard part was organising one self to go on the Katapult while the young child drove a bumper car. Possible solution? Going in a group… and what better than with other travellers you met during your stay in our hostel 😉

As the cherry on the cake of a great day out, you can go for a walk around the Casa de Campo, where you can enjoy a nice cold beer in one of the bars there or visit some historical sites, such as the so-called Puente de la Muerte, the bridge of death, where General Franco’s troops got their supplies during their siege of republican Madrid. You could even come across one of this area’s special inhabitants: the foxes.

The Casa de Campo is the biggest urban park in Spain and a green lung for the city of Madrid. As well as hosting Parque de Atracciones and the Zoo Aquarium, it is one of the best urban options to walk around in nature or do sport -especially mountain biking or running-. From our hostel in the centre of Madrid we can easily get there by metro. We are only just over 20 minutes away. We can take Line 1 at Atocha or Line 2 at Sol and change to Line 10, where we can get off at Lago, Batán or Casa de Campo.

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