Taking advantage that during the next days, little by little we will recover a certain normality with the arrival of the so awaited 'phase 1', we propose you to discover the rich cultural and natural patrimony of the region through its gardens and parks. It's a pleasant walk that will take us to know the different times, tastes and tendencies.
Unique landscapes, hidden gardens, hunting grounds or recreational estates are only a small sample of the green spaces that the Region of Madrid has, and which can currently be visited as most of them are open to the public.
So that you can plan your visit and see as much as possible, the guide of de 'Parques y jardines históricos' (Parks and Historical Gardens), proposes four routes: the Northwest, the museums and northeast Madrid, the Palace, and the Royal Gardens.
Our first stop will therefore take us, on the one hand, to the Royal Site of El Pardo, a place full of woods and vegetation, where we can explore the palace gardens, which were laid out under the rule of Philip II in 1543; and on the other, to San Lorenzo de El Escorial, where its gardens, which have been declared historic-artistic gardens of 'del Rey', 'de los Frailes' Garden and the 'Convalecientes' Gardens, surround the impressive monastery.
The second route invites us to enjoy the atmosphere of another era thanks to the gardens located in the Lázaro Galdiano, Sorolla and Cerralbo museums, although this route also includes the gardens of 'El Capricho' in the Alameda de Osuna, one of the most beautiful gardens in the capital, which evokes romantic times.
The third route will take us to the Royal Palace to get lost among the wooded quadrants of the Sabatini Gardens, and very close to the Campo del Moro gardens, which are named after him because it was here where the Almoravid caudillo Ben-Alí set up his camp in 1109, when he tried unsuccessfully to reconquer the Alcazar and the city of Madrid from the Christians.
Finally, we conclude this impressive tour of history through green areas with the route of the Royal Gardens, which will take you on a tour of Madrid's well-known El Retiro Park, the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Royal Gardens of Aranjuez.
It's a very special plan, which delves into the art of gardening, giving good account of its evolution throughout history.
More info: Parques y Jardines Históricos en la Comunidad de Madrid
Image credits: © Jardines Aranjuez - Comunidad de Madrid