By now, we all know and love visiting el Retiro. But did you know Madrid has many other wonderful parks to visit? Now that it’s warmer, I have been looking for more green spaces to soak up some sunshine while I get some work done and while I do love Retiro, I’m starting to fall in love with other parks around the city. Here are a few of my favorite ones so far:
Located at the far end of the green metro line, Casa de Campo is a park you must visit at least once. It’s huge (literally, Retiro will feel tiny in comparison) and there is plenty to do. It has a lake, a zoo, an amusement park, and a fun cable car that connects to another awesome park in the city. Besides plenty to explore, it has some stunning views that you can really only admire from that park, so I recommend spending the day there and watching the sun set, you won’t regret it!
This park has plenty to explore like its beautiful rose garden (which is sure to be stunning with this weather), a fun cable car that connects to Casa de Campo, and it is not far from the Templo de Debod. Overall, the park is full of really gorgeous gardens where you can spend some time reading, relaxing, or working on your Sketchbook homework. Once a year, the rose garden hosts an international competition where you can go see hundreds of different kinds of roses bloomed by people from around the world.
This park is completely worth adding to your Madrid bucket list because it not only has plenty to do but it is a historical site in the city. It has three sections inspired by Italy, France, and England – so you know it’s got some pretty gorgeous views everywhere you go. Besides having all kinds of trees and flowers to admire, the park has fountains, statues, a fun labyrinth, and a really interesting bunker that was used during the Spanish Civil War which you can visit if you reserve a spot in advance.