Turismo Madrid

Desert CITY

Desert CITY

Location: Km 25 de la Autovía A1, San Sebastián de los Reyes (Madrid)

Only 15 minutes from the capital, is located this impressive space that will delight nature lovers, whose goal is to reach all audiences the importance of xeric landscaping gardening. But, let's start at the beginning because you may be wondering... what is xeric landscaping gardening? 'It is the art and technique of using in our environment plant species that need little water, recreating the own nature, providing textures and relief', in short, a form of landscaping whose aim is to create green environments with low water demands.

The idea is to contribute to be respectful with the environment, introducing plants and integrated cultivation and management procedures that save valuable resources such as water, so that it benefits future generations.

This spectacular nursery has more than 5000m2 of experimental botanical gardens and up to 400 species of plants that you can see with a glass greenhouse that recreates a scenic exhibition of habitats and landscapes of Asia, Africa, Oceania and America in different thermal buffer chambers. 

If you would like to know more about this subject and its plants, don't miss the free guided visits that take place every weekend and public holidays in three shifts: at 11am, 12pm and 7pm. A tour of approximately one hour, in which you can learn first-hand the secrets of this 'desert city', its history, the concept of xeric landscaping gardening in which it is a pioneer, the techniques of integrated pest control applied in the garden, as well as other curiosities about the cactus, succulents, palm trees and other Mediterranean plants that surround this sustainable green space. If you still want more, ask for information about the workshops and conferences which are also offered at the centre.

To complete this offer, don't miss the Oasis Café by Mallorca Catering, a place where you can recharge your batteries after your visit, while enjoying dishes prepared with cactus and other plants, always prepared in an ecological way that benefits the environment. What more could you ask for?

Explore the world without leaving our region thanks to Desert CITY!

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