You’ll find fascinating history, rich culture, and great shopping in Madrid, but like many big cities, you might also need a nature fix. Here’s your guide to five of the most impressive parks in the city that cater to history buffs, sporty travelers, and anyone who just wants a relaxing picnic in the Spanish sun.
Parque del Buen Retiro
The park of all parks in Madrid and your best place to get lost in a forest located in the heart of the city, Retiro offers everything you could need. With forested walking paths, gazebos, extensive lawn space, and a lake with row boats, you’ll find everything you need to spend a whole day in nature without ever leaving Madrid. It’s also the ideal meeting place for picnics, fitness groups, and more, and you’ll find many social activities happening in Retiro via Meetup and Facebook.
Parque de La Quinta de Los Molinos
You don’t need go to the Spanish countryside to catch those almond trees blossoming. Hop on the metro and head to Parque Quinta de los Molinos, which is famous for its blooming almond trees in spring. Besides those flowery beauties, there is also a lake with resident turtles and a windmill. This park is also located very close to Juan Carlos I, so feel free to head over there when you’re ready.
Parque de Berlin
Undoubtedly Madrid’s most historical park, Parque Berlin features something that will astonish you: parts of the Berlin Wall. This hidden gem is located in the north of the city and is another must-see spot for history buffs. These portions of the wall were given by the city of Berlin to the city of Madrid as a present on November 9, 1990 and are constantly on display for everyone to view.
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Parque El Capricho
You’ll find Parque El Capricho in western Madrid, easily accessible by metro. It features a garden labyrinth, a lake, and great spots for sunbathing and having picnics. Capricho is another must-see for those travelers interested in history because there is a bunker from the Spanish Civil War located within the park. Park authorities arrange the tour groups, and you must register for tour through the park website.
Parque Juan Carlos I
Off the beaten path but completely worth the trek is Parque Juan Carlos I, located in the northern part of the city. You’ll find this park to be a recreational wonderland for people of any age. Featuring playgrounds, biking and running trails, a river for kayaking and fishing, and an outdoor sculpture park, you’ll need a good couple of hours to get the lay of the land and decide where to start.
Unwind in some of Madrid's greenest places
Discover more of what Madrid has to offer through its parks. You’ll be amazed by the history you learn, the leafy paths you wander down, and and the cosy spots you make your own within the microcosm of Spain’s vibrant capital city.
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