Parque del Oeste is sort of located at the opposite end of the city center to the Parque del Retiro. Whereas the Retiro has been designed and shaped to look sort of like a gigantic French garden, Parque del Oeste has been more or less left to its natural state, and has more to do with traditional English gardens. Only a few walking trails have been added in the park, as well as a rose garden. It is less popular and therefore much more quiet than the Retiro, and as such it offers a nice alternative to the frantic pace of the city.
The park wasn't always this peaceful, though. Spanish Civil War buffs will know that this park was the scene of many battles, to the point where some parts were completely destroyed. It is still possible to see some defense structures that date back to the Civil War, and if you look close enough, you can see some bullet holes in some of the park's monument.
This huge park is located at the north side of the Royal Palace. You can get here from Plaza de España or Moncloa Metro Stations.
Its main highlights are the egyptian Debod Temple and the funicular going to Casa de Campo, the big park where the zoo is.
El Retiro is the most beautiful park of Madrid. Ok, that was a completely gratuitous and partial affirmation, as I live near that area, so you better check by yourself among the other interesting options... which is exactly what I did the other day.
El Parque del Oeste (literally Park of the West) is a pretty nice recreational area next to Plaza de España. I particularly find it a little bit dull an uninteresting, BUT the place has the most spectacular sunset of the entire city. If you arrive there in time to see how the last ray of sun disappears between the mountains that surround Madrid... well, you'll witness something similar to the picture next to this tip. It left me completely speechless... quite an unusual thing, I must say ;-)
Parque del Oeste is near the royal palace so I went there after my visit to the palace. The park is nice but the most amazing is the ancient Egyptian temple inside the park!
Templo de Debod is very old, it was built in the early 2nd century BC!! But not in Madrid, in Egypt! :) Spain was one of the countries that helped when the construction of the dam of Aswan in 1960 put in danger many monuments of the area around Nile so the government of Egypt donated this temple as a gift to Spain in 1968. It was originally built to honor gods Amon and Isis in the town of Debod.
It is very weird to see it, there is a small museum inside with scale models of the original location of it etc What I enjoyed most was the view of the city (the palace etc) in the distance
On the Western side of Madrid bordering the River Manzanares there are two extensive parks named Rosales and the Parque del Oeste. These are a very suitable for children due to their spacious lawns and many shady trees with sandy dividing paths. The large rose garden is where they hold the world-famous Rose Exhibition. I'm not keen on the roses, but the park was a useful shortcut from Cisneros Hall (at the Complutense) to the Moncloa and Argüelles metro stops.
it's a huge, and very nice park close to the Royal Palace, and Plaza de Espana.
the Templo de Debod is in this park.