Along the length and breadth of the Region of Madrid we can enjoy visiting wonderful places that for their beauty are well worth visiting. However, in our region there are other corners perhaps less known, but that no doubt will surprise us. There are many, but below we suggest a short list that you can know for free on your next visit. Let's start!
1. Príncipe Anglona Gardens. Located in the Plaza de la Paja, in the genuine district of La Latina, is located this small green space created in 1750 that is one of the few examples of noble gardens of the eighteenth century that are preserved in the capital. This garden that initially belonged to a palatial house, has been reformed on several occasions and its current design corresponds to the work done in 2002 by the landscape architect Lucía Serredi.
2. British Cemetery. The British Government owns this cemetery, located in the district of Carabanchel. It was inaugurated in 1854 to burial those people of British nationality who were not Catholics. Christians predominate, although people of other beliefs have also been buried in this garden.
3. Andén 0. Chamberí Station. Located in the well-known district of Chamberí, there are many legends and stories that contain this subway station. Reconverted in an exhibition hall, it allows visitors to immerse themselves in the history of the metropolitan of Madrid. It was designed by Antonio Palacios also author of the Cybele Palace and its popular logo in the shape of a rhombus, it soon won the appellation of 'ghost station' because after its closure on 22nd May 1966, passengers could see to the passage of the convoys and told that there were strange appearances.
4. The 'Estufa Fría' of the Juan Carlos I Park. Located in the centre of this botanical garden, one of the most sustainable natural areas of the capital, consists of a semi-enclosed structure that takes advantage of passive heating systems to achieve microclimate inside. It was built in 1996 with concrete, and has glass panels that together with a certain burial, achieves a natural air conditioning without energy consumption.
5. Santa María Magdalena Cathedral. We travel to Getafe to get a closer look at this sixteenth-century temple that began its works following the traces of Alonso de Covarrubias under the direction of Juan Francés, and which has been declared a Good of Cultural Interest. Let yourself be surprised by its rich heritage present in the three altarpieces of the seventeenth century that cover the ends of the ships.
6. Basilica of the Asunción de Nuestra Señora. In Colmenar Viejo is located this Gothic temple, which stands out both for its exterior beauty and for the valuable works that houses inside, such as the main altarpiece that took place between 1560 and 1584. Also worth mentioning is its tower, work by Rodrigo Gil de Hontanon dating from the year 1530, with several stone bodies of masonry, topped with an octagonal spire of limestone with pinnacles and gargoyles at their angles.
7. Gruta de Begoña. Less than 20 kilometres from our previous point is the town of Miraflores de la Sierra which houses this cave, which was founded in 1952 by Julián Reyzábal and was a place for prayer and withdrawal. Made in natural stone, inside is the image of the Virgin of Begoña on a granite altar. Located in the Cerro de los Santos, don't miss the particular views of the town.
8. Hayedo de Montejo. Our list would not be complete without one of the most unique forests in the region, that although it has not been well known so far by the general public, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 7th July. Located at the foot of the Sierra de Ayllón has a landscape diversity that have become in a true 'natural laboratory' able of anticipating the effects of climate change. Discover it through its guided visits.