Parque de Atracciones, Madrid, SpainCategory: Madrid
Are you in the process of planning a family vacation to beautiful Madrid, the capital and largest city in Spain? Have you decided yet on the sites and attractions you’d like to visit during your stay? Madrid is one of the most popular holiday spots for families, a destination with hundreds of fun and interesting things to do and see. One of the more popular of these spots is the Parque de Atracciones, an amusement park located at the Casa de Campo, featuring rides and attractions that are guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of every member of your family. To help you become better acquainted with the Parque de Atracciones, below we have provided a brief overview of the park, including some facts regarding each of its uniquely themed areas.
Madrid’s Amusement Park: Overview
With over 48 rides and attractions, the Parque de Atracciones of the Casa de Campo is one of the most comprehensive urban fairgrounds, not only in Spain, but in all of Europe. Each year, millions of locals and tourists walk through the gates of this expertly designed park, all seeking to shake the stress and/or boredom of their workaday lives in favor of some fun-filled family excitement. Whether you come for the heart-stopping roller coasters, the refreshing splash of the man-made Rapids or just a leisurely walk through nature, the Parque de Atracciones has everything you and your family need for a full day of adventure and relaxation.
The rides, shows and many restaurants that make up the Parque de Atracciones are divided into five large themed areas: Maquinismo (Machines), Gran Avenida (Main Avenue), Naturaleza (Nature Area), Tranquilidad (Relax), and Infantil (Kid’s Area). Below is just a brief description of what you’ll find at each:
If you enjoy the fun and excitement of roller coasters and other thrill rides, the Maquinismo, or Machines area of the Parque de Atracciones is definitely the place to be. The most popular area of the park for the young and young at heart, this area boasts 12 fast-paced rides, including the Top Spin, a platform that performs circular vertical movements, swings and loops; and La Lanzadera (The Shuttle), a free fall ride from 63 meters at approximately 80 kilometers per hour. You may also want to try out the ride called Maquina, or Machine, but we recommend you do so before lunch. This giant pendulum with a double simultaneous rotation provides an amazing adrenal rush, although it is not always suited for sensitive stomachs.
Gran Avenida, Naturaleza and Tranquilidad
When you’re ready to take a break from the high-flying excitement of the Machines area, try taking a stroll down the Gran Avenida, the Main Street area in which you’ll find most of the park’s snack shops and restaurants. If you’d rather bring your own lunch or supper, this area also features plenty of tables and green space to spread out and have a picnic, while watching the squirrels jump from tree to tree to the sound of ducks quacking in the nearby zoo.
The Nature area, which offers shaded walkways through the natural flora of the park, is not far from the Gran Avenida. This favorite spot of summertime patrons is the perfect place for cooling off from the hot Madrid sun. It is also home to the attraction known as Los Fiordos (The Fiords), a wooden barge ride that floats upon a 56-meter high precipice—a ride that is guaranteed to leave you with wet socks and a fun memory.
Tranquilidad is the perfect area of the park for winding down after a full day of non-stop thrills; an area offering several family attractions geared towards restoring your normal levels of adrenaline. Here you can enjoy peaceful rides by boat and hot air balloon, travel through different world cities, walk among the dinosaurs and enjoy a short but stunning 4-Dimensional movie on a mammoth-size screen. If you dare, you can also make your way to the El Viejo Caseron (Old Manor) attraction when visiting Tranquilidad, a walk through a sinister old house where you’ll encounter some of the scariest and most notorious characters of the film world, including Hannibal Lecter, Freddy Krueger and the girl from the Exorcist.
And finally there is the Infantil area of the Parque de Atracciones, a must-top when touring the park with very young children. This region of the park consists of age-appropriate miniature facilities designed for children 3-7 years of age. Here you’ll find 16 mini-rides, including a shuttle, rollercoaster and water ride, as well as puppets, slides, fairy tale characters and a variety animals dressed in costume that are more than happy to pose for pictures.