Discover with us some parks of the region to enjoy, as it deserves, this season. Will you join us?
**Due to the health crisis resulting from the Covid-19, we recommend that you check the opening hours of the parks on the official website of each town.**
Although green spaces are currently closed and cannot be visited, now it is possible to take a virtual tour of some of Madrid's parks, thanks to the initiative 'Vivir los parques'. This is a collaboration agreement between the Asociación Española de Parques y Jardines Públicos (AEPJP) and the Madrid City Council that allows you to explore these places in 3D, through any device with Internet connection.
However, below we propose you a brief list of our favourites, so that as soon as possible, you can visit them if you have not already done so:
In the Alameda de Osuna is located this green space worth visiting and even more if it fits in spring. An authentic jewel designed by one of the French landscapers inspired by the gardens of Versailles, which has the typical elements of a romantic garden: labyrinth, bandstands, and ponds. 'El Capricho' is characterized by the woods of lilac and trees of love that give the park a wonderful colour.
La Quinta de los Molinos
Created by the architect and urban planner César Cort Botí as a souvenir of Alicante, his birthplace, the 'Quinta de los Molinos' is one of the most visited gardens in the spring, as it offers a true show of colour thanks to the almond blossoms. It owes its name to two mills that were brought from the United States in 1920 to extract irrigated water.
La Dalieda de San Francisco
Located in the authentic neighbourhood of La Latina, on the lot where was located the old convent of San Francisco, and next to the Basilica of San Francisco el Grande, is the Dalieda of San Francisco. It is a garden with flower beds located at different heights with a great variety of Dahlias, so during these dates are many who come to enjoy this fascinating landscape. It also has one of the best views of the city.
La Quinta de la Fuente del Berro
Another of the perfect places to enjoy the arrival of spring is the 'Quinta de la Fuente del Berro'. It is a very special place located in the Salamanca district, and it is one of the historical gardens of Madrid of the 17th century, that from 1954 becames to be municipal park. Landscaped, along with the variety of trees you can find other interesting elements such as the monument of the Fuente del Berro, the monument to Bécquer and various fountains, waterfalls and ponds.
Campo del Moro
Behind the Royal Palace is this garden, named after the site of the ancient Mozarabic settlement. Although its creation is due to Felipe II, it was not until the reign of Isabel II that the gardens became the space we know today. Inside, there are two impressive fountains: that of the Shells and that of the Tritons. The gardens are home to some 70 species of trees, some of them 170 years old. Don't miss this green space, from which you will have the opportunity to enjoy unbeatable views of the Royal Palace thanks to its unevenness.
In our list could not be missing the known as the 'oxygen farm' of Madrid: The Retiro. Must visit for tourists and locals, maybe this time in which it shines with its entire splendour. Together with its gardens, fountains and ponds, this space has corners of special beauty such as the Rosaleda or the Botanical Trail, which hosts among other species an 'ahuehuete', catalogued as 'Singular Trees of the Region of Madrid'.
Garden of the Palace of Infante Don Luis
After its restoration in the year 2015 by the Italian landscaper Lucía Serredi, the Garden of the Palace of the Infante Don Luis located in the Madrid town of Boadilla del Monte, opened its doors to delight its visitors. Configured by three levels, it surrounds the building, which together with the Palace and the Ventura Rodríguez Fountain were declared Historical-Artistic Monument in 1974. Let yourself be surprised by its Renaissance gardens and different elements of baroque art.
Forest Park of Valdebebas-Felipe VI
Recently created as it was inaugurated in March 2015, it is one of the most unknown parks despite being the second largest green space in the capital.
Juan Carlos I Park
Located in Campo de las Naciones, it is the third largest park in the capital, and houses a lake, an open-air auditorium, different abstract sculptures, a skating rink and even a bicycle path.
With its more than 1722 hectares, it is the largest public park in Madrid, and it is the ideal place to enjoy contact with nature by walking or cycling along its paths, rowing in the pond or simply admiring the views of the city.
Gardens of El Pardo
The gardens that surround the Palace of El Pardo are a natural corner very close to the capital, where you can take a break in an environment declared Historic-Artistic Garden. Walking around you will find the Casita del Príncipe Garden, the Palace Garden and the La Quinta Garden and Estate.
Historical Gardens of San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Commissioned by Felipe II to the best master gardeners and architects of the time, this set of gardens that extend along the back of the monastery bears evocative names. Don't miss the King's private garden, the Friars' garden or the Convalescents' garden which were laid out in the 16th century following Italian Renaissance features.
Gardens of Aranjuez
Considered the most beautiful of their time, they have inspired artists such as the composer Joaquín Rodrigo or the painter Santiago Rusiñol. Magnificent in any season, today they continue to captivate their visitors. Different gardens surround the Royal Palace of Aranjuez, each representative of a type of style according to the period and the taste of the monarch who ordered its creation: the Garden of the Prince, the Island, the Parterre, the King and Isabel II.
Located between the municipalities of Alcorcón, Fuenlabrada, Móstoles and Leganés, this park is a true educational nature reserve as it is home to more than 400 plant species and a great variety of animals, especially birds.
Travel through Europe without leaving Torrejón de Ardoz, through the 18 replicas of monuments that houses this green space, which next September will celebrate its ninth anniversary. It also has a leisure and nature area of about 190,000 square meters, which has more than 5,000 species of trees, shrubs and tens of thousands of seasonal flowers.
This is another of the great green spaces of the region, which has different sports facilities, areas for walking, cycling, with skates, viewpoints from which to enjoy a spectacular sunset and various areas in which to make a stop on the way to replenish forces. In short, an ideal park, to enjoy the warm summer days, since it also has three aquatic enclosures, known as the Madrid Río Beach.
This is just a brief sample of the magical places in the region where you can enjoy and refresh in the new season, but if you still want more, in this link you will find a route through the historic gardens of the region.
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