In the district Campo de las Naciones there is a nice park, relativeley spacy, with water and grass. Take a walk there and you will meet many madrileños who are seeking a bit rest in this green area.
Picture taken just outside at the entry.
Yet another little known charming park in Madrid ;-) This one has the particularity of being quite near from my office, so as soon as the Sun spreads its rays over Madrid, the temptation of changing the business meetings for a sandwich in the park is almost irresistible. I took this picture some weeks ago, when we actually enjoyed springtime weather in the middle of the Madrilian winter. The almonds were flourishing, the atmosphere was fragrant, the sky was of an impossible blue... pretty much romantic, you know ;-)
The Crystal Palace was built of glass and steel in 1887 for the Philipines Exhibition to show exotic plants.
There are a few more buildings in the park, but just relax, and enjoy the walk
Everything closes down on Sundays in this mostly Catholic country...but Sunday, around noon, is when Retiro Park comes alive.
Everyone in Madrid, it seems, comes to partake in the sun, street musicians, vendors, boating in the small lake, and socializing here in this large park.
Retiro, in the San Jeronimos district, was once the setting for Felipe IV's palace (Real Sitio del Buen Retiro) but became opened to the public in 1869.
Start at the north of the park from the Plaza de la Independencia where the Puerta de Alcala (a triumphal arch) dominates the street. Stroll southeast until you reach a large lake with the impressive Monument of Alfonso XII. Here you can join others in renting a small row boat and leisurely float around the lake.
Continue south along the Paseo Salon del Estanque (which borders the lake) and pass by the beautiful fountain at Plaza de Honduras. Continue south along Paseo de la Republica de Cuba and take one of the side paths to your right. These paths lead through the cool woods and are full of benches to rest and listen to the birds. This area is also a haven for gays and a great place to pick up a date for the evening or just for the moment (ok, I probably offended some of you but it really is a happenin' place).
When you get to the Paseo del Duque de Fernan Nunez which runs West to East, head East (left) and you'll se a beautiful rose garden on your right (south). Continue your stroll and turn left (north) where you see a bunch of people roller blading. If you take some paths to the west, you'll come upon a hidden pond with a beautiful waterfall (you'll think it's hidden but believe me, there are people there). Continue heading north and eventually you'll come back to where you started.
There are many places to stop and see while in Retiro Park and this can take up most of your afternoon. Bring a backpack and some water and snacks and you'll be fine.
The fact is that after living all my live in the same city, the possibility of discovering new places by chance is still open. A remarkable fact that, in a way, forces me to be alert whenever I'm walking any "unknown" neighborhood of Madrid. Which is exactly the case with Fuente del Berro Park, a place situated near the main telecommunications antenna of the city (see picture), an area that I had always imagined as a suburban and boring one, but that just happen to have a delicious park, with a charming lakes, free peacocks and a fountain which waters had healing qualities (or so the local people affirms). The nearest Metro station is O'Donnell.
Madrid is full of beautiful parks, other than the renown Retiro. Every neighborhood has one or several parks, which turn into the social center during late afternoon/early evening; all the neighbours, young and old come to socialize, play, chat, etc...
I would definitely recommend a visit at one of the many parks to have a taste of the madrilean family lifestyle, as well as to rest and enjoy their peaceful beauty.
This picture is of the Parque Eva Peron on Francisco Silvela street in the Salamanca neighborhood. Only one brave old man had ventured in the 40 degree (celsius) afternoon heat, except for me me of course, due to the early afternoon heat....
This park takes its name from the present King; it is situated far from downtown, and has a lake, waterfalls, and some modern sculptures.
Este parque lleva el nombre del actual rey; está situado lejos del centro, y tiene un lago, cascadas y varias esculturas modernas.
Arganzuela is a madrilenian district situated not so far from downtown, nearby Manzanares river. It has a very nice park and an interesting building called "Casa del Reloj" (Clock House), where is district council.
Arganzuela es un barrio madrileño situado no lejos del centro, cerca del río Manzanares. Tiene un parque muy bonito y un edificio muy interesante, la "Casa del Reloj", en donde se encuentra la Junta Municipal.
I was just walking along La Latina district, looking for fresh pictures for my photography class, when I found the place that I was not looking for; a place that I wanted to be shown, rather than discover it by mere chance.
In any case, I recognize the good taste and "fine nose" of the person who pointed to me first about this oasis of serenity in the heart of Madrid most vibrant district. Again, is because these hidden treasures why I love this city so much. :-)
Parque de El Retiro is Madrid's main public park. It has lots of shady paths and a large man-made lake to sit beside. The Palacio de Cristal and its fountain is just one of the picturesque sights in the park.
I love the peace and quietness of the Botanical Garden!. It is just right the Prado Museum but not crowded. It´s a good way of relaxing after visiting the museum. Look for the entrance at the small square located aside from the Prado.
You´ll love it!!
I spent a good two hours walking through the Parque del Retiro. It's a great place to get away from the traffic and noise of the city.
Aside from Buen Retiro, there are many great little parks around Madrid. This one contains some bits and pieces of an ancient Egyptian temple.