Madrid counts copious city parks. Wherever you are in the capital, there’s always a green hideaway right around the corner. The beauty of it: Year round, the gentle Madrilenian climate produces psychedelically coloured flowers and lusciously green parks. Among the best parks in Madrid are Parque El Retiro, Parque del Oesto and Campo del Moro.
Parque El Retiro
One of the best-known, finest parks in Madrid is Parque El Retiro. It’s a true green oasis just east of the city centre. El Retiro is easy to get to. For instance by metro, as station Retiro abuts onto the verdant city park. Perfect for leisurely reading a book, jogging, roller blading and cycling. Or simply relax on of the many stretches of grass whilst lending your ear to some talented street musician. You’ll stumble upon a number of monuments when in El Retiro, as well as lush green gardens bearing names like Jardin de Vivaces and Jardines de Cecilio Rodríguez. What’s more, a casual stroll through the blooming, bright rose garden is an excellent way to spend a spare hour. Tip: Devote at least a few hours wandering around Parque El Retiro. Metro: Retiro (L2).
Parque del Oeste
Parque del Oeste offers commanding vistas of the sweeping city of Madrid. Besides, well-kept pathways make for some excellent walking. Sundry rose gardens, fountains and monuments make up this handsome-looking park. As well as a myriad of tree species and mighty stretches of grass. Importantly, del Oeste is less busy than other Madrilenian parks and gardens. Which makes this park perfect for roller blading, cycling and skateboarding. Getting there is as easy as a picnic in the park. By metro, simply get off at Intercambiador de Moncloa, Argüelles or Ventura Rodriquez.
Campo del Moro
Seen from the centre, Campo del Moro is Palacio Real’s backdoor neighbour. When crossing the rich city park you’ll stumble upon the Manzanares river. Two king-sized, fine-looking fountains is what separates Campo del Moro from many other parks. Jardines de Sabatini, with a variety of plants and a square pond, borders the pleasant city park. Metro stop Principe Pio is located just outside the park. Mind you, the gardens get quite busy. Palacio Real is the most popular sight around and many stick around Campo del Moro after a visit to the palace. Obviously, not without reason.