There are numerous parks in Madrid, and now that spring has arrived, it is the perfect time to go out and visit them.
It seems like winter is finally over in Madrid, and we couldn’t be happier. Make the most of an early spring and spend some time outdoors. If you need some ideas to do so, here’s a list of five parks in Madrid that offer fun experiences we’re sure you’ll enjoy.
Photo Credit: Antonio Tajuelo
1. Get Active at Parque del Buen Retiro
Do you prefer to work up a sweat when you’re outdoors? Then head to Parque del Buen Retiro, a lovely outdoor space formerly owned by the Spanish Royal family. Here you’ll find wide, paved roads that are perfect for bike riding, skateboarding or rollerblading. It’s also a great place to train for marathons, with miles of running trails found throughout the park where you can burn some calories in beautiful surroundings.
Even if you’re not that athletic, Retiro should still be on your list. At any time of the year on a sunny day you can take a leisurely walk to admire the fountains, statues and the Palacio de Cristal, a beautiful glass palace. In the summer, the park holds free concerts and outdoor art exhibitions from artists all over the world.
2. Watch the sunset at Las Vistillas Gardens
After a long day of sightseeing, head to Las Vistillas Gardens to watch a beautiful sunset. This lovely park is on the westside of Madrid, and is known for having amazing views of the Mazanares River, Casa de Campo and the Almudena Cathedral. As various colors fill the sky, and the sun slowly makes its way down the horizon, sip on a cold drink on one of the many terraces on the park grounds – the perfect romantic plan in Madrid!
3. Gaze at the Delicate Almond Blossoms at Parque Quinta de los Molinos
Located a bit further out from the center, Parque Quinta de los Molinos isn’t quite as popular as the other parks on this list. What this means is that only a few people know about a special secret we’re happy to share with you. The park is populated with over a thousand almond trees, which all start to bloom in early spring. Stroll through the rows of magnificent almond blossoms, and then act like a total tourist and take a few snaps with the beautiful buds. Don’t delay, once the blossoms fall off the tree you’ll have to wait until next year to see them again!
4. Be Amused at Casa de Campo
Covering over 1700 hectares of land, Casa de Campo holds the title for the largest park in Madrid, and is one of many parks definitely worth a visit in the city. On any given warm weekend, the park is filled with families spending some quality time together.
Casa de Campo is home to two very popular, family-friendly activities. The first is the Madrid Zoo Aquarium. Here visitors can watch and learn about thousands of animals, including pandas, koalas and dolphins. The other main attraction is an amusement park called the Parque de Atracciones de Madrid. Here families can pass the time on thrill-seeking rides, amusing shows and fun carnival games.
5. Picnic at the Temple de Debod
Located minutes away from the iconic Plaza de España you’ll find an ancient Egyptian temple. What is an Egyptian temple doing in Madrid, you ask? Well, in the middle of the 20th century – in return for Spain’s help preserving another temple – the Egyptian government gifted Spain with the Temple de Debod.
The temple is a popular tourist spot visited by travelers all year round. However, once the temperatures rise, locals are there as well, soaking up the sun. The lush lawns surrounding the temple offer a perfect place for a lovely picnic. Take in the view of a 2000 year old temple while you munch on some Spanish favorites like yummy tortilla, ham and Manchego cheese.
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