As an exchange student, I came to Madrid not only for the crazy nightlife, but also because of its culture. Madrid not only has numerous museums and amazing food. It offers a great amount of plazas and parks, which makes the city stand out. At any time, any day you can visit a plaza or park and it will always be full with people.
Here, I have selected the best 10 parks to visit in the Spanish capital.
From the Opera metro station, you can get across Plaza de Oriente, Jardines de Sabatini and Campo del Moro. It is very easy to get there by using lines 2 or 5.
- Plaza de Oriente was built by Fernando VII’s in 1887. However, it was finished only twenty years ago (in 1997). This scene forms a geometric tapestry along with nature.
- Jardines de Sabatini was named after Francesco Sabatini, whom also built the cavalries for the Palacio Real. From this park, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Palacio Real.
- Campo del Moro gets its name because of the location, which used to be a camp established by the Muslim armies who conquered Madrid between 110 and 1200. This park is known for the uneven ground surface. In my opinion, this is one of the most romantic and beautiful parks in Madrid.
From the metro station Moncloa, you can walk directly to three parks:
- Parque del Oeste and see a variety of birds in the Paseo of Plátano. There is also a wonderful rose garden.
- Parque del Cuartel de la Montaña is where Templo de Debod is located. Fun fact, this temple was initially located in Egypt then later given to Spain as a gift for having helped save Egyptian endangered monuments. This is one of my favorite parks to visit and it is FREE.
- Parque Juan Carlos I, is located within a 5-minute walk from Campo de las Naciones. The park was open in 1992, in honor of the King Juan Carlos I. It also created to celebrate Madrid as the European Capital of Culture. This park’s highlight is its huge olive grove and the Tres Culturas Garden, which represents Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
If you pass by the metro station Arganzuela-Planetario while going towards the cinema IMAX, you will see the beautiful Enrique Tierno Galván Park.
- Enrique Tierno Galván Park: This park is an open-air auditorium with three ponds and full with a diversity of flora and fauna. The park also has a running circuit and a sports area where you can enjoy with your friends and family.
The Real Jardín Botanico is located right by the Prado Museum.
- The Real Jardin Botanico is a true paradise for everyone! It is located near Atocha, this park is home to various animals and exotic plants. Keep in mind that there is an entrance fee of 4 euros (2 euros for students).
Next to the metro station El Capricho you will find Parque El Capricho de la Alameda de Osuna.
- This park was the Civil War bunker and a magnificent maze.
Last but not least, is Madrid’s most famous park, Parque del Buen Retiro.
- This place is a wonderful oasis of peace and beauty right in the center of Madrid. El Retiro is between three important cultural centers: the Museo del Prado, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. It also takes pride for its boat ride rental. This park is a MUST SEE during your stay in Madrid!
By Cassie Mengato
Not satisfied with these options and want to see more? Check out some great free walking tours in Madrid!