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Best 3 parks (that you didn’t know before) to go on a picnic with friends

Maybe you’ve already heard about El Retiro, Parque del Oeste, or Tempo de Debod, but have you ever heard about these 3 parks in Madrid? Whether you’re planning to have a picnic with your friends or you just wish to take a walk in the green, try to go to these 3 wonderful parks in Madrid not everyone knows about!

Dehesa de la Villa

The Dehesa de la Villa is on the northwest side of Madrid, near Ciudad Universitaria. Its main feature is that it is still a woodland area, with landscaping and gardens in the sections close to the city and plantations of cedar trees.

This place is home to a wide variety of birdlife, with more than 70 species spotted there, making it one of Madrid’s most valuable parks. Local people and park users see it as a slice of real woodland inside the city.

How to get to Dehesa de la Villa:

  • by metro: use Line 7 and stop at “Francos Rodríguez” or “Valdezarza”
  • by bus: 44, 64, 82, 126, 127, 132, 137, N20, N21


Quinta de los Molinos Park

The Quinta de los Molinos Park is located In the east of the city, not far from Atlético de Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium. It is home to all kinds of trees, such as olive, pine and eucalyptus, although it is mainly known for its wonderful almond trees which blossom in February and March.

How to get to Quinta de los Molinos Park:

  • by metro: use Line 5 and stop at “Suanzes”
  • by bus: 77, 104, 105, 114, 146, N4, N5

Cerro de Tío Pío

Located in the area of Puente de Vallecas, this park, known popularly as the ‘park of the seven boobs‘ owing to the shape of its hills, is said to offer the best views of Madrid.

Spread over different heights and gradients, its vast swathes of grass and tree-lined walkways make this one of the most popular green areas in the south of the city, offering sporting equipment, a cycle path, a kiosk, and a viewing point in the higher area

How to get to Cerro del Tío Pío:

  • by metro: use Line 1 and stop at “Buenos Aires” or “Portazgo”
  • by bus: 54, 141, 143, N10

(And if you’re wondering where to go in Madrid if you want to breathe some fresh air, check this out!)


By: Alessia Cuofano, University of Naples L’Orientale ’22


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