Whether we're talking about parks, gardens, woods, or picnic spots, Madrid has plenty of majestic green spaces for nature and garden lovers to contemplate. Visitors may take pleasure in the fact that Madrid's manicured gardens and lawns are as beautiful as they are historical, or that the city's wild patches are surprisingly close to civilization.
Our top pick among Madrid's green spaces is the big, central, and popular Retiro Park, as it seems to have just about everything a park could ask for: a boating lake, a formal rose garden, a walled garden, stone statues, art exhibition spaces, children's playgrounds, and plenty of trees and lawns. Locals love to spend their Sundays there.
The Campo del Moro gardens are a peaceful, romantic place located in the shadow of the Royal Palace (although they overshadow our tenth choice, the Palace's Sabatini gardens). Try to spot the peacocks and pheasants, though that won't be too hard if you already found the gardens' entrance on Paseo de la Virgen del Puerto.
Located next door to the Prado Museum, Madrid's royal botanical garden (El Real Jardín Botánico) is a delight for gardeners and botanists. The landscaped garden contains over 30,000 types of herbs, vegetables, flowers, trees, and plants from several continents.
When immersed in the woodland of Madrid's extensive Casa de Campo, it's hard to believe that the city is so close. As our number four pick, the Casa de Campo is perfect for walking, hiking, and feeling like you're finally getting away from it all.
Plaza de la Independencia, s/n
Calle de Alfonso XII
Virgen del Puerto, s/n
Paseo de la Virgen del Puerto
Plaza de Murillo 2
Camino de los Romeros
Paseo de la Florida and Avenida de Portugal
Avenida de la Alameda de Osuna
Paseo de la Alameda de Osuna
A large park with lots of activities... read more
Paseo del Pintor Rosales, s/n
Opposite the Royal Palace (Palacio Real)
across from the Palacio Real
A large square opposite the Royal Palace... read more