Recently, I have dropped to the Botanical garden in Madrid. It seems a small park from outside and it is not as big as the Retiro park (the main park inside the city) but keeps beautiful paths and floral sides.
Besides, the exterior gardens has also a lovely collection of bonsais, cactus and I think also, some orchids too.
It is one of my favourite´s places in Madrid as you know I like to photo botanical patterns.
At this time, there are colourful flowers blowing up and nice smeelings too.
I have taken lots of pictures last time but need to be devloped so I guess, you should wait for a bit.
In the mean time will give you the web address so you can check it, if interested.
From the official webpage: "The Exhibition Greenhouse reflects faithfully the essence and spirit of this institution. In this greenhouse, more than a thousand of species are cultivated in three different modules: tropical, desert and warm-weather species. The Exhibition Greenhouse was built with modern materials and uses the latest clean energy technologies".
I can only add that it's a small but really nice and interesting place, where you learn about different habitats, from extreme dry to extreme humid. You can walk along the ground level of the greenhouse and return from the high walkway to see the top of the plants.
There is small area dedicated to "carnivore" plants in the humid habitat extreme, kids (and many adults) usually like these amazing plants.
Maybe not so impressive, but there are many interesting and strange plants at the desert habitats area. I did like so much the lithops, tiny ones that resemble pebbles… I bough a few at the site's shop, and now they seem to be happyly living at my balcony as they have doubled their size since then :-)
The Botanical Gardens in Madrid (Real Jardin Botánico) are not as huge and impressive as other European gardens of this type, but they are one of my favourite places in Madrid. Located between Museo del Prado and Atocha Station, you can get here easily by Metro (Atocha). Look for the entrance at the small square located close to El Prado. It is the perfect place to chill out, is not so crowded as Retiro or other public parks (probably due to the entrance fee). For instance, when I was living in Madrid, I loved to go there on sunny Sundays mornings to read the newspapers.
The place has a nice old-fashioned atmosphere, no wonder, as its foundation was ordered by King Fernando VI in 1755 and later, during the reign of Carlos III, the Garden was installed in its present location. The architects Francesco Sabatini and Juan de Villanueva took part in the design of the Garden’s new frame. It was declared Artistic Garden in 1942.
Some of the most important buildings in the Garden are the Villanueva Pavilion (there are temporary exhibitions), the Graells Greenhouse and the Exhibition Greenhouse, which was inaugurated in 1993. Recently it was opened to public a impressive collection of Bonsais that belonged to Felipe Gonzalez, former president of Spain. Please see my following tips for details.
The Gardens do opens to public every day of the year except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day, from 10 a.m. until the sunset (6 p.m. in winter, 9 p.m. in summer).
Price of the tickets
- Ordinary ticket: 2€
- Student card: 1€
- Groups of more than ten people: 0,50 €.
Free entrance for seniors (+ 65), children (- 10) and groups of students.
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.
In the west corner of the city there is the "Parque del Oeste" (West Park). It's green year-round, very well kept with flowers, an artificial creek and pond, and many people relaxing, exercising, walking dogs, in love, drinking or playing music, etc. It is never crowded (like the Parque del Retiro tends to be).
Get off the subway at Moncloa station and take the exit "Intercambiador", cross the street and you're there. Once you hit the park walk left. It's big so don't just see the first part (which is the most crowded).
Between La Almudena Cathedral and San Francisco el Grande Church, lays the beautiful and surprisingly underrated park of Las Vistillas, a name that could be translated as something like "small views", though the things that could be seen from there had little of small. Indeed, I personally found the perspective of La Almudena much more imposing from this point that from the feet of the building... all of them in a relatively quiet environment with little traffic and plenty of green areas. Definitely not a bad place to be in :-)
Not to be missed is the simply spectacular summer terrace that could be find on the top of the park; enjoying a drink while witnessing a sunset over the Cathedral could be accounted, imho, among Madrid’s finest attractions.
The park could be found between Calle Bailen and Calle Segovia, in La Latina district. Metro La Latina or Opera.
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. :-)
This is the newest addition to the gardens. Felipe Gonzalez, former president of the Spanish government, seems to be fascinated by the art of growing bonsais. During his years at La Moncloa (official residence of the Spanish President), he build a huge collection of these. When he left its charge in 1996, he donated more than 100 bonsais to the Botanical Garden and finally the collection was opened to public in 2004. You can agree or disagree with Gonzalez's politics, but this man really has a great taste as gardener!!
Some were acquired or donated from several countries. But most of them are miniaturized autochthonous trees from different parts of Spain: pine trees, yew trees, oaks... Currently, some the most resistant bonsais are placed outside, in the Terraza de los Laureles (a nice promenade) and they are changed according seasons of the year. The most delicate are kept in a greenhouse (not public).
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 ;-)
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....
no entrance fees!
refurbished in 1992,includes now the old municipal slaughterhouse.
8400m2,9000 tropical species under microclimate.
on sunday mornings,madrid dogs rendezvous! (accompanied by their masters!)
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.
Not many people knows about the existence of El Capricho, a small park placed on the north east of Madrid, full of charm.
To get there, you could stop at the Campo de Las Naciones Metro Station (Line 9), and walk through the Juan Carlos I park, until you reach a road. On the opposite side of the road, there's a Camping. If you follow the path of the camping, you'll find el Capricho right there. It's placed on the Alameda de Osuna Street. Opens from 9 to 6,30 on the cold season during weekends.
Please, check my travelogue for more pictures of this unique place.
The Botanical Gardens in Madrid (the Real Jardin Botanico de Madrid) are often missed but really are worth visiting.
They lie between the Prado and Renfe Atocha, accessed by an entrance at the back of the Prado building.
I visited in February, which is really not the best time to go to any botanical garden. But I could see how lovely they would be in Spring especially, with a huge variety of mature trees and shrubs. Lots of lovely green and shady places to walk.
The gardens began as the botanical collection of King Fernando V, in the very late 1700s. There are three terraces, one added in the 1800s, each divided into squares with paths leading between each quarter square. There are one or two pools and pavilions, rather a lot of statues and each 'square' has a central fountain.
Most specimens are labelled in Spanish and English (and with their Latin names, of course) which is good.
The small hothouses have a good variety of tropical plants, a few of which were blooming even in February.
The entrance charge (3 euro in 2012) is small but it enables the gardens to remain well-maintained and excludes those who might make a visit less pleasant.
Well worth a visit, and certainly a lovely (and shady) spot for a Spring, Summer or Autumn picnic lunch....or just to sit and read a book.
Open daily from 10am, access from Paseo del Prado.