Seeing Green: Our Favorite Parks in Madrid

We are so impressed with the beauty in Madrid. There are several parks within the city of Madrid. Here are just a few of our favorites.

1. Retiro Park

The people of Madrid speak of El Parque del Buen Retiro, (shortened to El Retiro) with much love and we understand why.  It is now one of our favorite picnicking spots in Spain. On any given day one can watch the park come to life with joggers, cyclists, rollerblades, picnickers, families, and a whole slew of people simply enjoying the park. There are dance classes and yoga gatherings under the shade of the lush foliage. It is easy to get lost in the 350 acres of landscaped sidewalks, monuments, statues, bridges and park benches. However, visitors will most likely stumble upon the Palaco de Cristal or the central lake, stand in awe of these sites, and find their way from there.

Parque del Buen Retiro, Plaza de la Independencia, 7, Madrid, Spain

pavo royal
One of the many pavo reals ( royal turkeys) in the Buen Retiro Park.

2. Parque Europa

Brooks was fortunate enough to visit the Parque Europa on a field trip at the elementary school where he teaches. He was impressed with the park and enjoyed the displays it contained. Located in Torrejón de Ardoz, Parque Europa is not directly in downtown Madrid, however for a short commute one can see many of Europe’s most famous sites without leaving Spain. A Eiffel Tower, Tower Bridge, a Greek amphitheater, Lisbon’s Tower of Belem, and a Dutch windmill are just a few of the 18 sites to see in Parque Europa.

 Paseo de los Cipreses, 28850 Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid

3. Parque de las Siete Tetas

(also known as Cerro del Tío Pío)

sunset

Despite having a funny name, this park is a prime location to see an amazing sunset. From one of the seven hills you can overlook Madrid and all of its glory.

El Cerro del Tío Pío, Calle de Benjamín Palencia, 2, Madrid, Spain

4. Casa de Campo

Casa de Campo is Brooks’ favorite mountain biking destination. It is the biggest park in Madrid, stretching 1,722 hectares which is about five times the size of Central Park. There are many things to do on the ground of Casa de Campo (such as visiting Madrid’s Zoo-Aquarium), but the teleferico (cable car) that travels above the park also presents great views.

Casa de Campo, Paseo Puerta del Angel, 1, Madrid, Spain

5. Jardines de Sabatini

Formally the royal stables, the Jardines de Sabatini is now one of the most elegant parks in Madrid. This French style garden is covered in beautifully trimmed trees and shrubs. Jardines de Sabatini is overall a small garden, but that does not take away from its attractiveness. A large fountain highlights the north side of the Palacio Real (the Royal Palace).

Calle Bailén, 2, 28008 Madrid, Spain

6. Royal Botanical Gardens

Roses, tulips, lilies, and many more vibrant flowers bloom in the spring at the Royal Botanical Gardens. However, visitors stand in wonder at the sites of this garden all year long. Bonsai trees and a greenhouse of unique and tropical plants, stand year-round to be observed. Almost 6,000 different types of plants are housed in the Royal Botanical Gardens for admiring, and a library within the gardens can help you identify which plants you liked most. Admission is 2-4 euros, however visitors under 10 and over 65 years old receive free admission.

Real Jardín Botánico, Plaza de Murillo, 2, Madrid, Spain

Do you have a favorite park in Madrid? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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