Madrid Parks and Green Spaces

Culture, style and innovation oozes from every nook and cranny of Spain's capital city. Its galleries and museums house some of the most prized art collections in the world, whilst the artistry and invention of the city's food scene has seen it establish itself as one of Europe's premier culinary destinations.

Madrid also offers an eclectic mix of luscious parks and vast green spaces, ideal for an early morning stroll, picnic or late afternoon siesta; all within easy reach of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Madrid Prado.

Top Madrid parks for tourists
The vast majority of Madrid's neighbourhoods and districts are blessed with their own parks and gardens, which enable locals and visitors alike to step off the street and into peaceful and wonderfully secluded surroundings. One of the finest examples is the El Retiro Park, a 125 hectare oasis in the heart of the city. Home to a rose garden and over 15,000 trees, this expansive green space also features a lake, two palaces and a range of sculptures and fountains.

Elsewhere, the lush Sabatini Gardens can be found on the grounds of the Royal Palace. White marble sculptures and trees define this inviting green space, which is particularly popular in the early evening as people gather to take in the sunset.

And of course, no trip to Madrid is complete without a stroll through Plaza de Oriente. Landscaped gardens form the heart of this stunning plaza, where sculptures of former Spanish kings line the walkways. A great place to visit both day and night.

A slice of nature in the capital
Few of the capital's parks can rival The Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid when it comes to sheer beauty and presentation. Nestled amongst towering trees at Murillo Square, it features over 30,000 plants and flowers across three different sections.

In the north-eastern part of the city, meanwhile, you'll find the Juan Carlos I Park, which boasts a lake, river, stunning olive groves and over 13km of walking trails. You can also take advantage of a free bike hire scheme, or hop aboard the sightseeing train which regularly circles the park.

Alternatively, Caprice Park is a mere stone's throw away and is very much a hidden pearl amongst Madrid's green spaces. Open only on weekends, it enables visitors to stroll along its quaint pathways that weave their way past the park's lake, ancient structures and mini labyrinth.

Green spaces for the entire family
The Spanish capital is awash with parks and green spaces suitable for the whole family.

For instance, the Madrid Rio park features no less than ten different play areas, each catering to different age groups. Kids can challenge themselves on swings and climbing walls, whilst adults can stroll along the botanical trail or lounge in the picnic areas.

To the west of the city centre, the Casa de Campo park is spread across nearly 2,000 hectares and features a large lake as its centrepiece. It's popular with families and walkers all year round, thanks in part to its amusement park. The Amusement Park (Parque de Atracciones) is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with the young ones, with an abundance of rides such as roller coasters and carousels spread throughout the area.

Finally, the Enrique Tierno Galván Park is great for running, walking and cycling thanks to its wide paths and footbridges which stretch over the park's three ponds. You'll also find a dedicated sports area here, as well as two playgrounds and an IMAX cinema.