For nature lovers, Madrid has to be a favourite destination, when you take into account its many parks and gardens, renowned for their great beauty and antiquity. Good examples of these are the gardens of the Fuente del Berro, El Capricho Park, El Retiro Park or the Jardines del Campo del Moro. If you want to enjoy a ‘green’ vacation, you mustn’t miss some of Madrid’s municipal parks. Would you like to discover why they are a must-see?
El Retiro Park
With no fewer than 15 thousand trees spread over 125 hectares, El Buen Retiro is proud to be one of the most popular parks in Madrid, as well as one of the oldest (since 1629, no less). Beyond its paths, trails and many other attractions, we recommend that you visit the centenary cypress in the French Parterre, which is estimated to be about 400 years old.
Jardines del Campo del Moro
Between the Royal Palace and the Manzanares River, the Campo del Moro Gardens invite us to discover their very original layout, created in the mid-nineteenth century. Fountains, sculptures and numerous groves of trees go to make up these gardens, perfect to marvel at, at any time of year.
Jardines de Sabatini
Other gardens that can certainly rival the previous ones are those of Sabatini, the famous Italian architect to whom we also owe the Puerta de Alcalá and other much-loved symbols of Madrid. These gardens are composed of a pond, groves and marble sculptures of great historical value, as well as further wonders, which we encourage you to discover in person.
Parque El Capricho
El Capricho Park could not be left off any list of urban parks of Madrid. Since its creation in 1784 by the Dukes of Osuna, its gardens have always had a more romantic air, covering 14 hectares in which you can find all kinds of floral and arboreal species. Despite its relatively small size compared to the El Retiro Park, for example, inside it you can find the Emperors or El Capricho Plazas, or the fountain of the Dolphins and the Frogs, which captivates all who see it.
Fuente del Berro
These splendid gardens date back to the seventeenth century, although their status as a municipal park was not confirmed until 1954. Located on Calle de los Peñascales, this park covers 13 hectares and contains an amazing variety of landscapes: meadows, meandering walks, dense groves, and many more. Among its sculptural gems you can find the Monument to Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, the Statue of Enrique de Iniesta or the Palace of the Quinta de la Fuente del Berro. It’s safe to say that this is one of those Madrid city parks that never disappoints.