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Despite being a big city, Madrid is home to many beautiful parks worth boasting about. To enjoy the beautiful weather, good company, or to get workout in, a visit to one of Madrid’s beautiful parks is the perfect idea. Best of all – they cost you nothing! To name some of our favourites:

Take a stroll through Parque del Buen Retiro

parkOr just El Retiro for short, is the most well-known park in Madrid. The park doubles both as a cultural and leisure spot, as it was once was the property of the Spanish monarchy. Today, it is for public use where locals and visitors can enjoy renting a rowboat on the lake for the hour, taking a stroll through the luscious gardens, or simply just lay down in the grass in the company of a good book. When strolling through the park, some sites to see are the Rosaleda, the rose garden, or admire the architecture of the Palacio de Cristal, built in 1887 for the Philippines Exhibition that year. (Metro: Retiro (Line 2) – Hours: Winter: Mon-Sun, 6:00-22:00 / Summer: Mon-Sun, 6:00-24:00)

Admire the panoramic views of el Cerro del Tío Pío

park1Also known as el Parque de las 7 Tetas, this park is situated in Puente de Vallecas and is one of the best places in the city to enjoy the sunset, and a great panoramic photo-opp. From the hills, you will be able to see Plaza Mayor, the domes of the Basilica of San Francisco el Grande, Almudena Cathedral, the Telefónica building and more recognizable sights. (Metro: Portzago (Line 1))

 

Enjoy some peace & quiet at La Quinta de los Molinos

park2La Quinta de Molinos is the perfect place to de-stress and unwind. Take a deep breath and take in the wonderful aroma of the abundance of different species of trees and flowers blooming during the spring, which make for some nice pictures, too! (Metro: Suzanes (L5) – Hours: Year-Round, 6:30-22:00)

 

Enjoy the lake at Casa de Campo

park4Literally meaning, “Country House” this park was once the home of Felipe II. Now open to the public, the park includes a lake where you can rent paddleboats, take a run, or go for a bike ride on one of the many trails. There are also attractions inside the park, which include an amusement park, the Zoo-Aquarium of Madrid, and fairgrounds. You can take the metro to Casa de Campo, but we recommend that you get a bird’s eye view of the city and take the Teleférico, cable cars that stretch from Argüelles to Casa de Campo. (Metro: Batán (Line 10), Casa de Campo (Line 5, Line 10), Lago (Line 10) – Hours: Open to pedestrians all year round. Access to the Zoo, Amusement Park, Paseo de Extremadura and the area of the lake close from 1:00am – 6:00am)

Visit the Bunker at El Capricho Park

park5For those history buffs, at El Capricho you can find the Bunker of the Jaca Position, the only example of this type of structures from the Spanish Civil War that you can find in Europe. The Bunker is open to the public on the weekends, and if you would like a guided tour they are offered at 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30 for one hour and a half each, for 20 people. If just looking to relax, a leisure walk to marvel at the gardens and landscapes isn’t a bad idea either. (Metro: El Capricho (L5) – Hours: Oct-Mar: Sat-Sun & festivals: 9:00am – 6:30pm / Apr-Sep: Sat-Sun & festivals: 9:00am – 9:00pm

Watch the sunset at Templo del Debod

park6Believe it or not, Madrid has an ancient Egyptian temple dating back to the 2nd century BC. It was gifted to Spain in the 20th century by the Egyptian government to save it from floods. Opened to the public in 1972, today the park is one of Madrid’s top points-of-interests. The best time to visit the park is during sunset, where the sun’s colors shine through the temple making the perfect photo-op. The view from the park is also one of Madrid’s prettiest. (Metro: Plaza de España (Line 2, Line 3, Line 10), Ventura Rodríguez (Line 3) – Hours: October 1st to March 31st: 9:45am to 1:45pm and 4:15pm – 6:15pm / Sat, Sun and Public Holidays: 9:30am – 8:00pm / April 1st  to September 30th (except August): Tue to Fri 10:00am to 2:00pm and 6:00pm – 8:00pm)

 

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