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Top Parks and Gardens in Madrid

Top Parks and Gardens in Madrid

With a ready supply of sunshine, Madrid is a city that loves its outdoor spaces. Sip a coffee in Retiro Park, or immerse yourself in the world of horticulture at the Royal Botanic Garden. Here are our top picks of the best parks and gardens in the Spanish capital. 

Royal Palace Gardens (Jardines del Palacio Real)

The stately Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid) is a sight to behold, as are its lovely gardens, where you’ll find fountains, flowers, and well-tended walking paths. To avoid the afternoon crowds at this popular tourist attraction, opt for early-access passes.

Sabatini Gardens (Jardines de Sabatini)

Just a stone’s throw from the Royal Palace, the Sabatini Gardens are a scenic spot to get lost in a hedge maze, or relax by the reflecting pool surrounded by statues. The gardens are also a good place for unobstructed views of the Royal Palace—snap some photos before a palace tour.

Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)

Madrid’s favorite outdoor space, Retiro Park is brimming with fountains, ponds, plazas, and benches perfect for lounging in the sunshine. For an artsy experience inside the park, check out the exhibitions in Velázquez Palace (Palacio de Velázquez) and Crystal Palace (Palacio de Cristal). To see more of this large park in less time, zip around on a guided bike or Segway tour.

Western Park (Parque del Oeste)

Nestled alongside the Manzanares River, and known for its ornate displays, Western Park is a must for avid gardeners. The park’s rose garden showcases more than 600 different varieties of the flower. Stop by on a Madrid sightseeing tour, and don’t miss the historic Debod Temple.

Royal Botanic Garden (Real Jardín Botánico)

To immerse yourself in a truly verdant space, spend a few hours at the Royal Botanic Garden, a horticultural gem featuring thousands of different plant species. Go before or after visiting the adjacent Prado Museum (Museo del Prado).

Monastery of El Escorial

The El Escorial gardens extend throughout the property of this former royal residence. In peak season, you’re treated to displays of colorful flowers with interwoven designs. The monastery is located northwest of Madrid—visit as part of a tour, to skip the hassle of booking your own transportation.

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Madrid City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

Madrid City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

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A hop-on hop-off Madrid sightseeing tour by open-top double-decker bus is the perfect introduction to this incredible city. Select a 1- or 2-day ticket that lets you board and disembark at any of the stops along two interconnecting routes, so you can explore city sights at your own pace. Hear onboard audio commentary and check out Madrid’s many plazas, museums, and theaters with the provided map and guidebook.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes
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Early Access to Royal Palace of Madrid

Early Access to Royal Palace of Madrid

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Beat the crowds with this tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid before public opening hours. Breeze in and follow your guide through parts of the "Palacio de Oriente" that most visitors don't get to see. Marvel at the collection of weapons in the Royal Armory, take in the Throne Room, and more. Along the way, learn about the history of the Spanish royal family through your guide's engaging narrative.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Retiro Park Segway Tour in Madrid

Retiro Park Segway Tour in Madrid

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Discover many of Madrid’s attractions and cruise effortlessly around Retiro Park, the city’s green oasis, on this Segway tour. Traveling by electric personal transporter, glide around the park’s beautiful highlights, seeing the lake, Crystal Palace, and monuments including the famous Fallen Angel statue. Plus, take in other landmarks such as cobbled Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. Segway training and a helmet included.
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El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen & Toledo Day Tour from Madrid

El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen & Toledo Day Tour from Madrid

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Journey through Spain’s history as you visit two UNESCO-listed attractions on this full-day tour from Madrid. Explore the grand Monastery of El Escorial, once a royal residence built by King Philip II, then learn more about the Spanish Civil War as you walk around the impressive Valley of the Fallen. Finally, admire the striking architecture and historic monuments of mountaintop Toledo.
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  • 11 hours
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Madrid Royal Palace and Retiro Park Guided Tour with Optional Tapas Tasting

Madrid Royal Palace and Retiro Park Guided Tour with Optional Tapas Tasting

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Experience Madrid’s Royal Palace and Gardens and El Retiro Park with an affordable package that combines all-access admission with an informative tour by an expert guide. Explore the Palace’s various rooms—including Throne Room, the Hall of Mirrors, and the Banquet Hall—and see paintings by Spanish masters. Then, head to the sprawling central park of Madrid, El Retiro, for a leisurely tour of its expansive grounds.
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Royal Monastery of El Escorial + Toledo Half Day Afternoon Tour

Royal Monastery of El Escorial + Toledo Half Day Afternoon Tour

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Enjoy two of the top attractions near Madrid, El Escorial Monastery and the picturesque town of Toledo, for one great price during this full-day Super Saver tour. Check out El Escorial in the morning, visiting the nearby Valley of the Fallen monument commemorating the dead of the Spanish Civil War, and hearing insights into Spain's monarchy and 20th-century history from your guide. Continue in the afternoon to the hilltop city of Toledo, the country's medieval capital, to view priceless art by El Greco. All entrance fees, coach transport, and optional lunch upgrade included.
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  • 10 hours
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2 Hour Hidden Oasis Retiro Park Madrid Small Group Segway Tour

2 Hour Hidden Oasis Retiro Park Madrid Small Group Segway Tour

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Don’t miss an inch of Madrid’s largest park on this energy-saving, guided, Segway tour in Retiro Park. After a training session and safety briefing from your guide it’s time to discover the 117-acres of park space, lakes, statues, and more in this massive urban green space. See it all without breaking a sweat including the Plaza Mayor, the Palace of Velázquez, and monument to King Alfonso XII overlooking a lake.
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Madrid Retiro Park & Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket Tour

Madrid Retiro Park & Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket Tour

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Discover the delights of Madrid’s Buen Retiro Park on this 1.5-hour small-group walking tour, and skip the lines at the world-famous Prado Museum. With an informative guide, explore the manicured lawns and avenues of Madrid’s popular relaxation park, seeing attractions such as the Statue of the Fallen Angel, the lake and more. Hear about the park’s development through the centuries and afterward, gain fast-track entry into the neighboring Prado to explore its stunning art galleries independently. Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group tour for a more intimate experience.
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Madrid Retiro Park Electric Bike Tour

Madrid Retiro Park Electric Bike Tour

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Take a relaxing spin through Madrid’s favorite green oasis on a guided 2- or 3-hour electric bike tour of Retiro Park. It's a fun and eco-friendly way to explore this outdoor gem in the heart of the city, plus other landmarks like the Literature Quarter, Alcala Gate, and Puerta del Sol along the way.
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  • 2 hours
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