The arrival of autumn also brings with it an impressive palette of colours, where yellows, oranges and ochres flood the region drawing a pleasant landscape. Walking is perhaps the most tempting activity, so this week, we surprise you with a small selection of charming parks that are well worth a visit. Will you join us?
We start our tour in Madrid, here is one of the most emblematic parks of the capital, a must for tourists and locals who want to enjoy the fresh air in the heart of the city. Rent a boat in its Big Pond, go around the area discovering its pavilions where you can access to different exhibitions such as the Palacio de Cristal or the Palacio de Velázquez, or simply let yourself be carried along its paths finding sculptures, statues and fountains in your step.
Campo del Moro
We continue in Madrid and we're going to this green space, located between the Manzanares River and the Royal Palace, which in its day was the scene of hunting and tournaments, as well as a place of passage to the Casa de Campo. It did not become a garden until the reign of Isabel II, when the park was designed more or less as we know it today and the fountains of the Tritons were installed. The gardens are home to some 70 species of trees, some of them 170 years old. Thanks to its slope, the garden offers one of the best views of the Royal Palace.
Parque El Capricho de la Alameda de Osuna
Although there is much more, we finished our garden route in the capital in 'El Capricho de la Alameda de Osuna', one of the most beautiful parks in Madrid, created in 1784 by the Dukes of Osuna, specifically by the Duchess Doña María Josefa de la Soledad Alonso Pimentel, who managed to create a true natural paradise frequented by the most illustrious personalities of the time and in which the most prestigious artists, gardeners and stage designers worked. After the death of the Duchess it began its decline, which ended in 1999 when the Town Hall acquired it.
El paisaje y los paisajes de Aranjuez
We now go to Aranjuez, whose location between the Tagus and Jarama rivers forms the axes of the Cultural Landscape of the town declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in Helsinki on December 14, 2001. On the one hand the landscape of the water stands out, on the other hand the orchards and groves, and finally the gardens, that include several historical zones that surround the Royal Palace of Aranjuez, like the garden of the Parterre, the Island, the Prince, the King or the one of Isabel II.
El castañar de las Rozas de Puerto Real
The largest chestnut grove in the Region of Madrid is located in the municipality of the same name. Thanks to the mountainous relief of the area, which favours the existence of this species as well as of pines, oaks, pastures and scrubland makes this area the ideal place for hiking and cycling.
Bosque de La Herrería
We are now heading to the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, to discover another area of extraordinary beauty, another of those hidden in our region. We are talking about the La Herrería Forest, which, together with the Abantos Pine Forest, invites you to stroll through the area at any time of the year, but perhaps even more so in spring and autumn. The best views are obtained from the garden of the Friars located in the Monastery, or from the viewpoint of the Chair of Felipe II.
Laguna de los Pájaros
From San Lorenzo to Peñalara to access this lagoon of crystalline waters to which it is acceded through a route that begins in the Port of Cotos, and that will take us until the "Mirador de la Gitana", from where we will see "Cuerda Larga", passing by the stream of Peñalara.
El bosque de Finlandia
We are now visiting this forest in the town of Rascafría in Madrid, Puente del Perdón (Bridge of Forgiveness), which is reached by the so-called path of paper, and although we always say it is a beautiful area at any time of year, the variety of colours of its firs, poplars, birches and other tree species, make it more impressive in spring and autumn.
El abedular de Canencia
In Canencia, and thanks to the mountainous nature of the area, there is a unique birch tree in which some species have been catalogued by the Region of Madrid as 'Singular Trees'. You can explore the area thanks to a route that passes through the viewpoint of the Chorrera de Mojonavalle, another place of singular beauty that houses an impressive waterfall.
Robledales del Lozoya
We continue in the Lozoya Valley discovering this area, which thanks to the richness of its flora and fauna, as well as its geological structure, presents a singular beauty. It is possible to travel through medium difficulty routes, which run through the towns of Lozoya, Navarredonda and San Mamés, Gargantilla del Lozoya and Pinilla de Buitrago.
El Hayedo de Montejo
At the foot of the Sierra del Ayllón, is located this Protected Natural Area, declared a Natural Site of National Interest in 1974 and Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO on July 7, 2017. This singular forest is an old meadow of beeches, sessile oaks, that can be visited during the whole year previous reservation.
Robledal de La Hiruela
We finish our short route in this area, very close to Hayedo de Montejo, in the town of La Hiruela. The lovers of hiking will enjoy like never, since they can cross the zone thanks to the different footpaths. An obligatory stop is its oak grove, which houses the coal bunkers where charcoal used to be made.
What space is your favourite?
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Image credits: El Capricho ©Hugo Fernández · Region of Madrid