The parks of Madrid, my parks!

So on a rainy day and waiting for the big game with my Real Madrid vs PSG in the Champions league on a romantic football /soccer evening of Valentine’s Day in my beautiful Morbihan;;uff long ok sorry. It’s time to talk about my other love , Madrid and it’s parks I share while in my adolescent life and later.

I have written before about the wonderful Parque del Buen Retiro or just Retiro Park.  Let’s take you on a brief tour of several others that I have been to, played in them, chase for my first love, and oh well many other things even introducing them to my now wife.

The park closest to my old home in Madrid was the Parque El Calero, on Metro Line 5 Quintana or Carmen, it has nice promenade and an open air auditorium for concerts and cultural events. Also a petanque field and bike paths. You can easily go from the metro Quintana in Calle Alcalà (where I lived) up avenida del Sagrado Corazon to it. My last trip the area has change but still a good walk into the real Madrid at daytime.  Here is a pdf map of the park: Madrid

The next park is more for the tourist /visitor , this is the Parque Quinta de la Fuente del Berro. Early on it was a farm or Quinta de Miraflores ordered by king Felipe IV as a new royal site with more than 13 hectares (adding the gardens or Jardines Sancho Davila). It is on the limits of the Calle Enrique D’Almonte, Avenida de Alcalde Saenz de Baranda, and the M-30 (first beltway of Madrid) until reaching the Calle de Alcalà and the bridge or Puente de Ventas parallel to the M-30 to join up with the Jardines Sancho Davila; all total about 53K m2 of green. It is not far from the Monumental Ventas bullring. The main entrance is by Calle Enrique D’Almonte with two small towers in brick; and you can see the old palace remaining of what it was before.  The park is well designed with several slopes with prairies and rustic stairs of stone. One of the things to see here is the Monument to Bécquer ,and the statue to the Russian writer Pushkin, a fountain with a stone jar next to the main entrance, a cascading waterfall, and two small lakes. You can see more in Madrid tourist office here: https://www.esmadrid.com/informacion-turistica/parque-de-la-fuente-del-berro?utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.fr%2F

And the map of the park here in pdf: Parque Fuente del Berro

I walk you to the Parque del Oeste , a gorgeous part of Madrid. This park is by Moncloa between the avenida del Arco de la Victoria, and the Paseo del Pintor Rosales; next is the railroad track and the Avenida de Seneca, traversing the park are the Paseo de Ruperto Chapí, Paseo de Camoens, Calle Francisco and Calle Jacinto Alcàntara.  Worked on the park began in 1893 and the first phase was finished in 1905 with 87 hectares between the streets of today Calle Moret and Calle Seneca in addition to a carriages street ,Paseo de Camoens. IN 1906 the second phase continue the work and the park reached the Cuartel de la Montaña (HQ of army during Franco) and today it is where the Templo de Debod (gift from Egypt) is located.  The park was extended parallel to the Paseo Del Pintor Rosales . In the years 1956 -1973 it was enlarged not only by the Cuartel de la Montaña but also the rosary place La Rosaleda and the Parque de la Montaña today the Templo of Debod as mentioned. The northern parts of the park is the nicest as well as the oldest with an artificial creek of 600 meters long.

Special attention to the big oak tree the grandfather or el Abuelo this is a Cedrus atlantica; and two sophora pendulum trees , and a majestic Ginko, etc all really nice.  At the end of the promenade of plaintains or paseo de Plátanos, you can see birds in the fauna center or Centro de Avifauna with informative panels. You can reach here on metro lines 3 and 6 at Moncloa , lines 2,3 and 10 at Plaza de España , and lines 6 and 10 at Príncipe Pío; also, buses 21, 46, 74, 160, 161, and A , as well as Cercanías train at  Príncipe Pío. A real trip recommended. More on it from the tourist office here: https://www.esmadrid.com/informacion-turistica/parque-del-oeste

And the pdf map here: Parque del Oeste

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Moving right along to a garden nearby but it can be an extension of the above park too we reach the Jardín de la Rosaleda  with more than 500 variaties of Roses from the world over; perfect for a family walk and beautiful pictures. La Rosaleda del Parque del Oeste exist since 1956.  This was the work of the main gardener here who was inspired  from the great work done in Paris etc at the end of the 19C early 20C as well as the one at Retiro done in 1915 .  The central part has small lakes and here you can see the fountain of youth or Fuente de la Juventud, done by Federico Coullant Valera, who, also did the alas of victory that adorn the Metropolis building in the Gran Vía , and the Monument to Cervantes in the  Plaza de España.  On the laterals you will see arches that you can go in, walk by them like if you were in an underground passageway where the walls are decorated with green leaves and colorful roses. Plenty of trails here to walk into the lawns,and find many variaties of roses, their origins and year that participated and won a prize. The best here is the cable car of many rides of youth and now family trips this is the  Teleférico de Rosales.  You can climb into the mountain of Principe Pio and visit the Templo de Debod and its gardens, and see from there wonderful views of the Royal Palace and the Cathedral of the Almudena. The hours here are from 10h to 20h every day and in summer to 21h, check always for hours. The entrance is free. The Rosaleda del Parque del Oeste  is located in the Calle Rosaleda s/n, a bit away from Paseo del Pintor Rosales,close to the Templo de Debod,and a few meters from the cable car /Teleférico. More from the city of Madrid tourist office: https://www.esmadrid.com/informacion-turistica/rosaleda-parque-oeste

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This is a bit off the beaten path for most but it is Madrid at it local best. Come to the Parque del Cerro del Tío Pío in the neighborhood of  Numancia,  district of Puente de Vallecas, and extending over neighborhoods or colonies of residences  Colonia de Fontarrón, Colonia de Santa Ana , and Colonia de los taxistas.  It is locally known as the park of the seven tits or Parque de las Siete Tetas because of its peaks or hills.  You come here to see the city sunset or sunrise and see most of the city. The park is bordered by the Calle Benjamín Palencia, Calle Camino de Valderribas, Calle Sierra de Cuerda Larga , and Calle Maruja García Romero.  It is recommended for a panoramic view of the city from this park as well as the mountains outside of Madrid.  The park has 3 entrances and on the highest there is a lookout , bar, and game zone for children as well as machines to do outdoors sport.  There is ,also, a bike trail. On the lower part of the park you find sports complexes for indoor football/soccer, basketball, and ping pong. You reach here by metro light line 1 stations Portazgo and Buenos Aires as well as buses lines 54 , 141 , and 143 .   More from the tourist office here: https://www.esmadrid.com/informacion-turistica/parque-cerro-tio-pio

We come to one dear to me this is the Parque de El Capricho on a green zone in the neighborhood of Alameda de Osuna in the district of Barajas ,yes the town of the airport of Madrid.  It was ordered built by the Duchess of Osuna between 1787 and 1839 ,and it has now an area of 14 hectares; with the only unique Romanesque garden in Madrid.  It has a laberinth of shrubs, buildings, small palaces, small chapel and a beautiful dance hall as well as creeks and lakes where you can find swans and ducks. Here, the weekends you find concerts, theater, dance etc in the so call «Tardes de Capricho» or craving afternoons. You can see here a bunker at the Jaca position the password of the general headquarters of the Republican army during the Spanish Civil War 1936-39. More from the Madrid tourist office here: https://www.esmadrid.com/informacion-turistica/parque-del-capricho

 Another park ,known later in life is the Parque Quinta de Torre Arias located in the neighborhood of Salvador, district of  San Blas-Canillejas; the old home of my maternal aunt.  It is located between the Calle de Alcalà, Calle Rodríguez Ayuso,  Calle Eduardo Terán, Calle de Fernando Mijares , and Calle Marquesado de Sta. Marta. This was the old farm of  Torre Arias with 17 hectares with very nice garden to find 51 species of trees some of more than 300 years old.  It belongs to the nobility of Madrid from 1600 until our days today.  The park is created after the passing of the last owner . In 1986, the owners signed an agreement to give it to the city as a donation that finally become owner in 2013 by the city of Madrid. You can reach here on metro line 5 Torre Arias, and buses lines 104, 77, 140, and 153. More here from the city tourist office:https://www.esmadrid.com/informacion-turistica/quinta-torre-arias

And last ,but not least for this post I like to tell you about the Parque de la Bombilla, on 13 hectares running parallel to the Parque del Oeste by which can communicate with passarelles trails. The park is located between the Avenida de Valladolid, Ciudad Universitaria , and the old North Station that is bisected by train of the cercanias lines C7  and C10. Each June 13 the park is host to the festivities of Saint Anthony  as well as the circus in winter and the summer cinema showing in summer.  It has a tracing from the Royal Palace where in the old days royal carriages took the nobility by the Calle Bailén, to the forest of  El Pardo.  This tree lined road was given the name of the King’s way or Senda del Rey  and part of it can still be done inside the park.  At the end of the 19C it was changed into municipals garden center and the tramway cars.  In the interior of the park there are benches, prairies, stair terraces where water runs ,a lake and a fountain. You can reach it on metro lines 6 and 10  Príncipe Pío ,and buses lines 41, 46, 75,  and N20; also cercanias lines  C1, C7, C10 ,and regional at Principe Pio. More info here from Madrid tourist office: https://www.esmadrid.com/informacion-turistica/parque-de-la-bombilla

And the map of the park in pdf here: Parque de la Bombilla

Another mythical park of Madrid for me is the Parque de la Quinta de los Molinos located in the neighborhood of Salvador, district of San Blas-Canillejas .  It is considered a historic park located in between my Calle Alcalà , Calle Miami, Calle de Juan Ignacio Luca de Tena ,and the Avenida del Veinticinco de Septiembre.  It has 25 hectares and in the park includes great lawns and prairies of trees with lots of olives, pines eucaplyptus, and figs trees, even thus the start of the park of the almond trees that flowered every spring offering a wonderful spectacle.  You can find here at the extreme north of the park a palace from early 20C , gardens and lawns, there is ,also a lake, windmill (why the name of the park) and a building known as the watch house or Casa del Reloj.  The park has trails of dirt and pavement bordered by plaintain trees from the main entrance  in my Calle de Alcalà to the palace.  During the summer, there are many activities here with concerts on the Summers of the city activity or Veranos de la Villa. Due to its location by Calle de Alcalà the access is easy from anywhere in the city; next to the main entrance there is the metro Suanzes, for line 5  (mine!!!) and also by Calle de Alcalà you get the buses lines  77  and  104.  By the Calle Juan Ignacio Luca de Tena you can catch buses lines  114  and 146, where there are two entries to the park. Other access to the park are at the Calle Miami on metro line 6  O’Donnell , and buses lines  2, 56, 69, 71, 143, 15, and 28. More info from Madrid tourist office here: https://www.esmadrid.com/informacion-turistica/quinta-de-los-molinos

Hope you enjoy this ride into the parks of Madrid, my favorites of course (missing photos and all) , and there are other even call gardens, but these are my favorite parks of Madrid. Well, it remains Casa de Campo stay tuned and the before mentioned done Retiro park. Enjoy your week, me ready for the match. Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments to “The parks of Madrid, my parks!”

  1. I remember going to Parque del Oeste with my uncle and aunty when I first went to Madrid, aged 18 and they took me to see the Palace. I spent many a happy afternoon in El Retiro and La Casa de Campo, as they lived in Batán. 👍❤

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