2,plaza de murillo,28014 madrid
near prado museum
open from 10 am to sunset (6pm winter,9pm summer)
entrance fees 2,student 1 euro.
at one and the same time a didactic stroll and a quiet place to take the air,enjoying the coolness ....in the heart of the (sultry) city!
Madrid has officially been labelled the world’s second greenest city (after Guayaquil, apparently) because of the 1200 hectares of semi-wild woodland that is Casa del Campo. Best accessed from the city by cable car it also accommodates a funfair and a (rather sad and badly run) zoo.
City centre is also full of wonderful parks and gardens: Parque del Buen Retiro, once the private grounds of Spanish kings, has remained an oasis right in the centre of the city; Plaza del Oriente with views past the palace and across the sculpted Jardines de Sabatini; Plaza de España with its huge statues of Don Quijote and Sancho Panza; the picture-perfect picnic grounds of Campo del Moro; and Parque del Oeste, with its genuine Egyptian temple that seems to testify to the fact that in Madrid you really never know what you’ll come across next.
Casa de Campo is a wild, open park where you can walk for hours and enjoy nature. There are various birds and rabbits. Beautiful walks. One way to reach it is to take subway to "Lago" station. There at the lake is the info center of the park; or just start walking around with no destination. By the lake there are many restaurants (nice but not cheap). This area is the most crowded of the park, where you also will see prostitutes even at day time, and soccer matches. You can reach the park also by cable car leaving Madrid at "Paseo Pintor Rosales" street (subway: Arguelles or Plaza Espana, and walk a bit) and the cable car will drop you off at the heart of the park (not close to the lake). Don't miss this beautiful park with gorgeous sceneries! There is also a zoo/aquarium and an amusement park in Casa de Campo.
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.
In Parque Juan Carlos I, in the area Campo de las Naciones, there are many people playing with flying kites (the modern type that looks like a parachute), if lucky you can also get sight on a flying bat mouse.
But to take a photo of them you have to be real quick (and smart)!!
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 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
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!!
We go there with our children but we would like to go there alone. This park is not only for children. The adults have so or more fun than the kids.
The park is divided in: Hollywood Boulevard, Warner Bros. Studios, DC Super Heroes World, Old West Territory and Cartoon Village.
The park has many atractions, for adults and for children. Have fun!
This is the park of my youth, as a teenager used to live a few blocks from here, and it was the park I came to play with schoolmates and friends from the neighborhood.
Over the years it became the hangout area of any youth, and girl chasing. Then once left the city as life will dictate, every opportunity in Madrid I past by it like a pilgrimage.
Its a beautiful smallish park, in a residential area, just an area for rest, have a light lunch, and move on perhaps to the Monumental bullfight arena nearby, and it has children playgrounds.
It is in the district of Ciudad Lineal, neightborhood of Quintana bordering on Salamanca. It has now an auditorium open air where cultural activities are held. you can get here on metro quintana or carmen on line 5 and buses 21 , 48 , 146 .
The city gives you a nice map with public transport and entries to park in pdf file here
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.