Do you remember the legendary movie starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda Barefoot in the Park? Well, from here we encourage you to walk through the parks of the region, in order to enjoy a wonderful day.
There is more, because, if you cannot go out now, or you are simply organizing a plan for the near future, it is also possible to get to know virtually some of the parks of the capital thanks to the initiative ‘Living the parks’.
This is part of a collaboration between the Spanish Association of Public Parks and Gardens (AEPJP) and the Madrid City Council, which allows you to explore these places in 3D through any device with an Internet connection.
These virtual guided tours serve not only as a dream walk, they also let you learn more about these sites and enjoy them more when you are able to actually visit them. Therefore, we encourage you to go through this list of parks and gardens so you can make the most of all the free leisure options offered by the Community of Madrid.
Below, we share a list of our favorites, and we encourage you to get to know them, or rediscover those who you may have already visited.
Parques de la Comunidad de Madrid
In the Alameda de Osuna, this is a beautiful green space worth visiting, even more so in the upcoming spring. A real gem designed by one of the French landscape designers who worked on the design of the gardens of Versailles, Jean-Baptiste Mulot. It has the typical elements of a romantic garden: a labyrinth, temples, follies and ponds. El Capricho is well known by the groves of lilacs and love trees, which give the park a wonderful colour.
La Quinta de los Molinos
Created by the architect and urban planner César Cort Botí as a reminder of the lands of Alicante, his birthplace, the ‘Quinta de los Molinos’ is one of the most visited gardens in the spring season, as it offers a true spectacle of colour thanks to the almond trees in bloom. It owes its name to two mills that were brought from the United States in 1920 to extract water for irrigation.
La Dalieda de San Francisco
The Dalieda de San Francisco is based in the popular neighborhood of La Latina, on the site of the old convent of San Francisco, and next to the Basilica of San Francisco el Grande. It’s a garden with flowerbeds, located at different heights with a great variety of dahlias. It also has one of the best views of the city.
La Quinta de la Fuente del Berro
Another perfect place to enjoy the arrival of spring is the ‘Quinta de la Fuente del Berro’. It is a very special place located in the Barrio de Salamanca, one of the historic gardens of Madrid from the seventeenth century, which since 1954 became a municipal park. It is a landscaped garden, with a great variety of trees, and other interesting elements such as the monument of the Fuente del Berro, the monument to Becquer and various fountains, waterfalls and ponds.
Campo del Moro
You will find this garden right behind the Royal Palace. Its name comes from the fact that it was the site of an ancient Mozarabic settlement. Although its creation is credited to Felipe II, it was not until the reign of Isabel II that these gardens became the space we know today. Inside you will find two impressive fountains: the fountain of the Shells and the fountain of the Tritons. The gardens are home to about 70 tree varieties, some of them 170 years old. Be sure to visit this green space, from which you will have the opportunity to enjoy unbeatable views of the Royal Palace thanks to its slope.
El Retiro is known as the lung of Madrid. A must for tourists and locals, perhaps this is the time of the year when it shines in all its splendor. Along with its gardens, fountains and ponds, this space has corners of special beauty such as the Rose Garden or the Botanical Path, where, among other species, is an ancient ahuehuete, listed among the ‘Singular Trees of the Community of Madrid’.
Jardín del Palacio del Infante Don Luis
After its restoration in 2015, by the Italian landscape designer Lucía Serredi, the Garden of the Palace of Infante Don Luis, located in the Madrid municipality of Boadilla del Monte, opened its doors to the delight of its visitors. Configured on three levels, it surrounds the building that –along with the Palace and the Ventura Rodríguez Fountain– was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1974. Let yourself be surprised by its Renaissance gardens and different elements of baroque art.
Parque Forestal de Valdebebas-Felipe VI
Inaugurated in March 2015, it still is one of the most unknown gems, despite being the second largest green space in the capital.
Parque Juan Carlos I
Located in Campo de las Naciones, it is the third largest park in the capital, and houses a lake, an open-air auditorium, various abstract sculptures, a skating rink and even a bike path.
Casa de Campo
With its more than 1,722 hectares, it is the largest public park in Madrid, and is the ideal place to enjoy contact with nature by walking or cycling along its trails, taking a paddleboat ride on the pond or simply admiring the views.
Jardines de El Pardo
The gardens surrounding the Palace of El Pardo are a natural corner very close to the capital, where you can take a break in an environment declared a Historic-Artistic Garden. Walking around, you will find the Garden of the Casita del Príncipe, the Palace Garden and the Garden and estate of La Quinta.
Jardines históricos de San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Commissioned by Philip II to the best master gardeners and architects of the time, this set of gardens extend along the back of the monastery. Do not miss the King’s private garden, the Friars’ garden and the Convalescents’ garden, which were laid out in the 16th century inspired by the Italian Renaissance style.
Jardines de Aranjuez
Considered the most beautiful of their time, they have served as inspiration to artists such as composer Joaquín Rodrigo or painter Santiago Rusiñol. Magnificent in any season, today they continue to captivate all visitors. Different gardens surround the Royal Palace of Aranjuez, each one representative of a style, according to the time and taste of the monarch who ordered its creation: Garden of the Prince, of the Island, of the Parterre, of the King and of Isabel II.
Parque de Polvoranca
Located between the municipalities of Alcorcón, Fuenlabrada, Móstoles and Leganés, this park is an authentic natural educational reserve, home to more than 400 plant species and a great variety of animals, especially birds.
Travel through Europe without leaving Torrejón de Ardoz, through the 18 replicas of monuments that are part of this green space. It also has a leisure and nature area of about 190,000 square meters, which has more than 5,000 species of trees, shrubs and tens of thousands of seasonal flowers.
One of the great green spaces of the region, it has different sports facilities, areas for walking, cycling, rollerblading, viewpoints from which to enjoy a spectacular sunset and several areas in which to stop along the way to rest. An ideal park to also enjoy the warm summer days, since it also has three aquatic enclosures, known as Madrid Rio Beach.