– Parks in Madrid – Retiro

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El Parque de Buen Retiro – This is the number 1 Park here in Madrid and one of the biggest. It was part of the panish monarchy until the late 19th century. Nowadays it´s a public park. Everyone knows it and often it is one of the first stops after arriving in Madrid. Always crowded with tourists and local people and they especially spend their time here on Sunday.  The park is located next to Puerta de Alcala, just behind the Prado Museum and just a 15 min walk away from Sol. With its crystal palace, sculptures, the monument of Alfonso XII, the statue promenade and surely the highlight – the lake in front of the monument of Alfonso XII it is  one of the main touristic attractions. You can rent a rowboat to paddle on the lake which is a nice and fun free time activity. The prices are between 5.80€ and 7.50€ per boat. In the grass areas you can chill out, tan, or take part in the sportive activities and events which take place in this park.

Metro: Retiro (L2), Ibiza (L9)

– Parque del Oeste and Templo de Debod

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These parks are located in the area behind Plaza España. The park in Temple of Debod is amazing for watching the sunset with a great view to the royal palace, casa de campo and the west of Madrid.It contains the beautiful temple which is an ancient Egyptian temple. But why is there an Egyptian temple in the middle of Madrid? – Spain helped to save the temples of Abu Simbel. To show their gratitude, Egypt donated this temple to Spain in 1968 where it got rebuilt. When you leave this park down towards the River Manzanares you reach the Parque del Oeste (Western Park). This park stretches to Moncloa. This park was originally designed by Cecilio Rodriguez during the early time of the 20th century. It is a tranquil and lovely wooded area that captures the interest of most of the visitors. Here is the starting point of the Teleferico of Madrid which brings you to Casa de Campo. The round ticket is about 5€. On the bottom half you can find the Rosaleda, a rose garden which is worth seeing. Every spring  a rose show takes place there, and international awards are given to the best roses.

Metro: Moncloa / Plaza de España (L3,L6)

– Parque El Capricho in Alameda de Osuna

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El Capricho (whim) is not that well-known due to its location outside of the centre and lost its popularity after the death of the Duchess who created this beautiful park. It is located in the area of Barajas. It looks a bit like a garden directly out of fairytales. There are three different styles of landscaping: French, English and Italian. Created in 1784 and restored in 1999, in contrast to the past, nowadays everyone has  access to this park. From October to March you can visit it from 9am to 6:30pm. The rest of the year from 9am to 9 pm. The park is only open on Saturday, Sundays and bank holidays.

Metro: El Capricho (L5)

– Parque del Cerro del Tío Pío

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From here, you have one of the best views over the whole city whilst being  outside the city. The sunset is spectacular. It is located in the southern east of Madrid, in the Vallecas district. Leaving the metro  Buenos Aires you reach  Parque del Cerro del Tío Pío. Also known as parque de las siete tetas because of the shape of its 7 hills. The park also provides a terrace  where you can have a drink.

Metro: Portazgo, Buenos Aires

– Madrid Río

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In 2011, the Madrid Río project was finished along the Manzanares River and has been converted into more than a 6 km long park. Here you can find fountains, an urban beach, playgrounds, grounds for playing sports, rowing lanes on the river, walks, bicycle paths, cafés and restaurants, sports facilities,…. and 5 bridges to go over the river.

Metro: Príncipe Pío (línea 6 y 10), Puerta del Ángel (línea 6), Pirámides (línea 5), Marqués de Vadillo

             (línea 5), Legazpi (línea 3 y 6) y Almendrales (línea 3)

 

– Casa de Campo

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Madrid´s biggest Park is more than 1750 hectares and was formerly a royal hunting estate.  Nowadays you can go there  by a cable car which starts in the Parque del Oeste. Here you can also find the Zoo of Madrid,  the amusement park Parque de atracciones or the Madrid Arena. It also contains a lake where you can go paddling or paths to walk, go for a run or biking.

Metro: Casa de Campo (L5, L10) Batán (L10) Lago (L10)

– Sabatini Gardens

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They are designed in neoclassical-style. They are located next to the Royal Palace and are part of it.

This garden is perfect to relax by enjoying the view of the Palace. When the sun goes down this is a very beautiful place to stay because of the shadows of the trees and the colors during sunset.

Metro: Opera (L2, L5, R1 (Principe Pio))