Parks in Madrid
If you are planning to learn Spanish in Spain, you need to know a few things about parks in Madrid
Madrid is one of the greenest capital cities in the world with a multitude of parks, including:
Retiro Park is a truly beautiful place. Long, tree-lined boulevards as well as narrow paths crisscross the lovely park. Fountains, lakes, beer gardens and beautiful old structures like the Palacio de Cristal (Steel and glass) can be discovered in there. It is a very convenient way of leaving the city, breathing fresh air, hearing some birds sing, and relaxing.
Casa de Campo, opposite the Palacio Real, used to be the royal hunting ground and today is the biggest park inside a city in all of Europe. Casa de Campo is massive and good for mountain biking and hiking, when you have a lot of time. For great views and for a fun change from metro travel, you can take a cable car from Parque del Oeste over to Casa de Campo for 4 euros return.
The Parque del Oeste is another nice park offering great views of the Palacio Real and the Almudena Cathedral. It is located across from Casa de Campo. Madrid’s oldest building, the temple of Debod (200 B.C), was erected here in 1972 as a gift from Egypt. It’s a romantic place to enjoy a nice view and a beautiful Spanish sunset.
Juan Carlos I is an interesting park full of huge artistic installations, curious plants in glasshouses, and is great for playing sports or borrowing one of the many free bikes to discover the 220 hectares of the park – including a golf course.
Madrid Rio is a 16 kilometer long park, stretched along the river, Manzanares. It is great to go cycling, jogging, or just for a relaxing stroll. Nearby Madrid Rio is the Matadero – the old slaughterhouse, which is now an exciting venue for concerts, exhibitions and performances of all kinds.
El Capricho is yet another lovely park (although not well-known and a bit out of the way) combining French, English and Italian styles of classical gardening with beautiful little lakes along with decorative structures. It’s a great place to see architecture of different eras and cultures come together.