One of the beauties of autumn is see how orange and yellow leaves fill streets and parks. Madrid is a perfect destination if you love this season as it has many parks, some majestic, other are hidden secrets where silence reigns amidst nature. Today we’d like to show you our top 5 parks in Madrid.
This may be an obvious one, but it’s so popular for a reason (even more than one). More than 15.000 trees and 125 ha are divided in smaller gardens created in different styles. With more than 400 years of history, this park has some great romantic features; such as its artificial lake in front of the beautiful Crystal Palace, the Alfonso XII pond where you can hire a rowing boat, or the majestic statues row. This is one of the most iconic places to visit if you’re in Madrid. Unmissable.
These neoclassic Gardens date from the thirties and were created as an extension to the Royal Palace. The perfect time to visit the gardens is at sunset, as the geometrical figures of bushes and plants contrast with the hiding sun. The gardens feature a pond surrounded by fountains, trees and marble sculptures of Spanish kings.
Metro: Ópera: (L2,L5,R) Vodafone-Sol (L1,L2,L3)
In contrast with the rest of classic gardens in Madrid, Madrid Río is an enormous space perfect for children to have fun in its sustainable play fields. Born in 2005, this space surrounds the Manzanares River and has many modern bridges designed by prestigious architects such as Dominique Perrault. One of the best places for any kind of sports: from BMX to tennis.
Metro: Príncipe Pío (L6, L10, R) Puerta del Ángel (L6)
Bus: 25, 31, 33, 36, 39, 50, 65,138.
This Artistic Garden has the greatest collection of flora in Madrid. Around 5.000 species live together in this perfect location right next to El Prado museum. You’ll be able to find many exotic plants distributed around its five green houses and an amazing amount of herbs in its herbarium, which contains about a million specimens from all around the world.
Metro:Atocha (L1) Banco de España (L2) Atocha Renfe (L1)
Bus: 10,14,27,34,37,45,6,19,26,32,1,2,202,3,5,9,15,20,51,52,53,74,59,85,86, C1, C2.
With 1722,60 hectares, this is Madrid’s biggest park. Formerly part of the royal estate, it now hides Madrid’s zoo, its Theme Park, a cable car that connects to Parque del Oeste; and many recreational areas such as its Lake, where you can also hire rowing boats. Walking under pine trees, oaks and cedars, you’ll be able to find squirrels, rabbits and even foxes.
Metro: Casa de Campo (L5, L10) Batán (L10) Lago (L10)
Bus: 33, 65
Hope you enjoy these parks. Don’t hesitate to tell us which is your favorite or if you’d include any other park.