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.