The Botanical Gardens (Jardín Botánico)
Plaza Murillo, 2
These gardens, situated next to the Prado Museum, were inaugurated by Carlos III in 1781 after sending out scientific expeditions all over the world to help build up the collection of more than 30,000 species of plants, including several varieties of tropical plants housed in the hothouse.
The Retiro Park
The Retiro is perhaps Madrid’s best known park. It occupies 120 hectares of land in the very centre of Madrid. It originated as the gardens of the Palace of the Buen Retiro and was opened to the public by decree of the First Spanish Republic in 1868. The Retiro includes the Rosaleda (a rose garden) and a boating lake, around which there is always a large variety of shows and street theatre during the weekends.
Parque del Oeste
Paseo Pintor Rosales
This is Madrid’s best landscaped park, structured according to the style of British or naturalistic parks with great open grass spaces and copses. In the bottom half of the park we can find the Rosaleda, the rose garden. Nearby, it is possible to take the cable car or Teleférico to the Casa de Campo – a marvelous opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of Madrid’s skyline.