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Madrid Parks & Gardens

The Crystal Palace in
        the Retiro Park. The Retiro Park and boating lake, Madrid

Madrid enjoys one of the most extensive areas of parks, gardens and "green zones" of all European cities. It possesses a total of 33 million square metres of parkland, distributed throughout more than 40 parks within the urban limits, the most important of which are mentioned below.

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The Retiro Park
Metro: Retiro
The Crystal Palace in the Retiro Park.
The Crystal Palace (Palacio de Cristal)
Madrid's Retiro Park and boating lake
The boating lake
Street theatre in the Retiro Park
Street theatre

The Retiro is perhaps Madrid's best known park. It occupies 120 hectares of land in the very centre of Madrid. It originated as the gardens of the Palace of the Buen Retiro and was opened to the public by decree of the First Spanish Republic in 1868. The Retiro includes the Rosaleda (a rose garden), the Palacio de Cristal, the Palacio de Velazquez and a boating lake, around which there is always a large variety of shows and street theatre during the weekends. Click here for more information

Tourist Accommodation Near the Retiro Park

The Casa de Campo

Metro: Batán, or take the Teleférico from Pintor Rosales.

Literally called the "Country House", the Casa de Campo consists of 1722 hectares and is therefore one of Europe's largest public parks. In the 16th century, Felipe II ordered the purchase of the Vargas' country house, around which further grounds and estates were added. The park was declared the "Royal Forrest" under the reign of Fernando VI. It suffered enormous damage during the Civil War and was finally handed over to the City Authorities in 1963. Its flora is represented mainly by Mediterranean oaks, ash groves, copses and reafforrestation areas; the fauna by a variety of birds and small mammals, rodents, and insects.

Within the Casa de Campo limits, we can find a trade fair area, an amusement park, Madrid's Zoo and the Teleférico (cable car). More information here.

Campo del Moro & the Sabatini Gardens

Metro: Príncipe Pío

These gardens belong to the Royal Palace and were opened to the public in 1978 by order of King Juan Carlos I.

Quinta & Parque de la Fuente de Berro (Fuente de Berro Park)

Metro: O'Donnell

This park occupies 7.4 hectares, 1200 square metres of which have been used to plant certain species of plants that are easily recognised by blind people due to their touch and smell.

The Botanical Gardens (Jardín Botánico)

Plaza Murillo, 2

Metro: Atocha

These gardens, situated next to the Prado Museum, were inaugurated by Carlos III in 1781 after sending out scientific expeditions all over the world to help build up the collection of more than 30,000 species of plants, including sveral varieties of tropical plants housed in the hothouse. More info...

Parque del Oeste

Paseo Pintor Rosales

Metro: Moncloa

This is Madrid's best landscaped park, structured according to the style of British or naturalistic parks with great open grass spaces and copses. In the bottom half of the park we can find the Rosaleda, the rose garden. Nearby, it is possible to take the cable car or Teleférico to the Casa de Campo - a marvellous opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of Madrid's skyline.

Parque de la Dehesa de la Villa

Calle Francos Rodríguez

In 1970, it was decided to develop this area of pastureland and it now functions as a public park.

Parque Enrique Tierno Galván

Metro: Méndez Alvaro

This park covers an area of 54 hectares and includes in its grounds the Planetarium, an Auditorium, a monument to Enrique Tierno Galván (well known Mayor of Madrid in the 80's) and the Imax 3-D cinema.

Monte de El Pardo

Madrid to El Pardo highway

This natural park, situated just outside Madrid, is home to many indigenous animal species and was used from the Middle Ages as a royal poaching ground due to the high density of woods and the abundance of wild animals.



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