Best Parks To Visit In Madrid

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Best Parks To Visit In Madrid

When asked about Madrid, most people think about the Prado Museum, or paintings such as “Guernica” by Picasso. But there are also many other things you can do in this amazing city. One of them is taking relaxing walks in one of the city’s incredible green areas. So here are the parks to visit in Madrid – for all nature lovers travelling to the capital of Spain, and maybe staying at Aspasios Atocha Apartments.

El Retiro

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

El Retiro is certainly the most well-known park in Madrid. Indeed, it is the second biggest one after Casa de Campo. It is located right next to the Museo del Prado and is only a 15-minute walk away from the Reina Sofia Museum. Thus, you can just stop by after seeing the beautiful collection of paintings by artists such as Velázquez, Goya, and Picasso. In El Retiro you can also rent small boats for a few hours, and spend time paddling on the Retiro Lake while contemplating the impressive Monument to Alfonso XII. This park includes beautiful gardens such as the Jardín de Vivaces, the Jardines de Cecilio Rodríguez, and the Jardines del Parterre. By the way, don’t forget to visit the Cristal Palace. The sun reflected through the palace windows will most certainly make you feel like you are dreaming.

El Capricho

El Capricho

El Capricho

Although less famous thant El Retiro, El Capricho park is equally beautiful and is some respects even more amazing. It was created in 1784 by the Dukes of Osuna, who wanted to create a natural paradise, and evidently succeeded. El Capricho features a peaceful, neat and charming atmosphere. The park opens from 9 am to 6 pm every day except on Mondays. It is an marvellous place to have enjoyable walks. Apart from the wonderful lawns, the impressive bridges and calm streams, El Capricho also hides another secret: a bunker built during the Civil War in 1937, which can be visited from May to November.

El Parque del Oeste

Parque del Oeste

Parque del Oeste

Parque del Oeste is another imprtant green area in Madrid, well known for its rose garden. With more than 500 varieties of roses, this park hosts the international Competition of Roses every year in May. The best time to visit it is in spring when the roses are in bloom. But don’t worry if you come during another season. On an area of almost 100 hectares, El Parque del Oeste features magnificent lawns, lovely streams and placid ponds. It has got everything you need to spend a nice afternoon or evening, since it closes at 8:30 pm. If you are not staying long enough in Madrid to spend an entire afternoon visiting El Parque del Oeste, you can still have an incredible view of it just by taking the cable car.

Casa de Campo

Casa de Campo

Casa de Campo

The Casa de Campo is the biggest park in Madrid with 1,700 hectares. You will find that this spectacular park offers much more than just vigorous vegetation and lovely lakes. There is the Theme Park of Madrid, a zoo and a cable car. In case you are wondering: yes, it is the same one that allows you to see over El Parque del Oeste. In fact, it connects both parks. You can take it from either end for 4,20€ one way, and 5,90€ for a round-trip. The view is quite impressive and original, and you can see the two parks from the air in only eleven minutes.

Natalia Gonima

Natalia Gonima

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