Best Parks in Madrid

Title Card Best Parks in Madrid, Spain [PetiteAdventures.org]

I had big plans for this weekend.

All week the weather here in Madrid has been beautiful, sunny and hot, so I figured there was no better way to spend my weekend than by sipping on a drink, basking in the sun, and relaxing on the grass in one of Madrid’s best parks.

Well, Mother Nature clearly had different plans as we’ve been plagued with more rain than sun these past few days. While it made for a productive weekend, it so wasn’t what I had in mind.

Instead of lounging, I spent my days daydreaming and making plans for the next sunny day where, mark my words, I will be out enjoying one the best parks in this fine city.

Here are my top five favourite parks in Madrid:

Parque del Oeste

Located in the Moncloa district of Madrid, Parque del Oeste is a beautiful combination of grassy knolls and wooded forests. The park covers approx. 18,000 and is home to the famous Templo de Debod. Its network of winding trails makes it one of the best places, and one of my favourites, for an afternoon or after-dinner stroll.

Parque del Oeste, Madrid, Spain [PetiteAdventures.org]

Parque del Oeste, Madrid, Spain [PetiteAdventures.org]

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El Retiro

El Retiro (or Buen Retiro Park) is one of the biggest parks in Madrid. Originally, the park belonged to the Spanish Monarch, but in the late-19th century it was opened to the public and it quickly became the green heart of the city.

Located just at the edge of the city centre, El Retiro is a magnificent park filled with monuments, rolling hills and a small lake, complete with row boats. It’s one of the city’s biggest attractions and every weekend Madrileño flock to the park to rest, relax and even take a nap.

El Retiro, Best Parks in Madrid, Spain [PetiteAdventures.org]

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El Retiro, Best Parks in Madrid, Spain [PetiteAdventures.org]

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Casa De Campo

Casa de Campo is the biggest park in Madrid. Accessible by the Teleférico de Madrid or the Metro, Casa de Campo is situated west of the downtown core. This former hunting estate stretches for more than 1,750 hectares and is home to an amusement park, the Madrid Zoo and Aquarium, and loads of trails for hiking, biking, and exploring.

Casa de Campo, Best Parks in Madrid, Spain [PetiteAdventures.org]

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Casa de Campo Park in Madrid, Spain [PetiteAdventures.org]

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Jardines de Sabatini

The Sabatini Gardens (Jardines de Sabatini in Spanish) are part of the Royal Palace in Madrid and first opened to the public in 1978. Designed in a neo-classical style, the well-groomed gardens feature a maze of hedges, trees and statues, all with the stunning Royal Palace in the background. Jardines de Sabatini is the perfect mid-afternoon escape right in the heart of the city.

Jardines de Sabatini, Best Parks in Madrid, Spain [PetiteAdventures.org]

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Jardines de Sabatini, Best Parks in Madrid, Spain [PetiteAdventures.org]

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Parque Madrid Río

Located near Estadio Vicente Calderón, home of the Atlético Madrid football club (metro stop Pirámides), this 10 kilometre stretch of green space runs along the banks of the Manzanares River. Covered in manicured gardens, bike paths and trails, Parque Madrid Río really encourages residents to get outside, and with such a beautiful space it’s hard to stay away.

Madrid Rio Park [PetiteAdventures.org]

Madrid Rio Park, Spain [PetiteAdventures.org]

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Bonus: Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid

Although it’s not technically a park, the Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid is one of the most beautiful spaces in Madrid. For just €3 you can wander through acres of trees and flowers – all of which are starting to bloom thanks to the warm weather we’ve been having here.

Although I visited back in the fall, I can’t wait for an opportunity to explore and experience the garden this Spring.

Blooms in the Botanical Garden in Madrid, Spain [PetiteAdventures.org]

A tree lined path in fall in the Botanical Garden, Madrid, Spain [PetiteAdventures.org]

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15 thoughts on “Best Parks in Madrid

  1. Ruth says:

    I have really enjoyed your post. Last time I was in Madrid, I visited El Retiro park on a Sunday. It was beautiful. I loved every bit of that visit. I really want to go back to Madrid and discover more new places.

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  2. Marta - Learningescapes says:

    Oh I am just back from Madrid, so nice to find this post and relive some of the things I have seen! I have been to the city before but this was my first time in Casa de Campo and wow, it’s beautiful – I loved the view, i would have never peeled myself away from there!

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  3. fifi + hop says:

    Loved reading this as it completely brought me back to my days in Madrid as a 20 something doing semester abroad. I lived in the Moncloa district and almost forgot about Parque del Oeste until now! #mondayescapes

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  4. Packing my Suitcase says:

    Ohh I’ve been meaning to do the same with Munich this summer, but we’ve also been plagues with lots of rain! :/ hopefully I will manage to do it soon!
    In Madrid I’ve only been to Retiro, but would love to visit the others when I return some time!!

    Thank you for joining #MondayEscapes 😉

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