Located just steps from the Prado Museum in downtown Madrid is the Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid. This 20-acre plot of land is home to 30,000 plants and flowers, and 1,500 trees (source) and is one of Madrid’s top attractions.
One of my first solo days in Madrid, while we were still on the apartment hunt and living in a hostal, I was feeling restless so I decided to wander and soon found myself at the gates of the garden. It was an absolutely stunning late-October afternoon, so I pulled out my wallet, paid the €3 and spent a wonderful afternoon wandering through the three terraces and doing something I never thought I would do: marvel at plants.
As I said, I’m not one to admire plants, but I must admit the garden was beautiful! Even in the fall the flowers and foliage were stunning; I’m looking forward to making a repeat visit this Spring to see what the floral offerings are.
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